Switching suddenly to another language never fails to impress

James Bond or Jason Bourne – Multi-linguals are common in Hollywood

How many times have we seen films in which the hero switches seamlessly and unexpectedly into a second language. James Bourne or James Bond. It’s a common Hollywood trick – along with playing chess – for suggesting high intelligence. I have recently been watching House of Cards and in Series 1, a billionaire suddenly starts talking Chinese on the phone. There were no subtitles but he seemed to be negotiating. Even though it was a TV stunt – I was impressed. It looked so cool and intelligent.

You speak Russian Mr Bond

You speak Russian Mr Bond

 

But don’t be fooled into thinking a second language is super human or beyond your reach. Second languages are actually common place are definitely within your reach. They can be attained with application and the right resources….

KLOO has some great language games in French Spanish and Italian to help get you started. You’ll learn hundreds of words and learn how to make sentences in seconds. Too good to be true? Nope…take a look at the animated videos below to see how easy it is. Even if you’re an absolute beginner.

Be like an action hero, learn a second language and have fun!

Then grab some great deals at our website.

 

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Multi-lingual Premiership Football Managers Trounce Mono-linguals

Mono v Multi-lingual Premiership football managers – who comes out on top?

liverpoolIn today’s top flight football, teams are typically made up of players from many different countries. For that reason it is assumed that football managers that can communicate with their squads in more than one language have an advantage. The extent of that advantage, however, has never been measured.

Andrew Finan, owner of KLOO, a language games company, loves football and languages and he decided to dig deeper and see if there was any correlation between multilingualism and team performance.  The outcome was startling.

KLOO compared the performance of UK Premiership teams with multi-lingual managers (with a command of at least 2 languages), with teams managed by monolinguals. KLOO only looked at teams where the manager had stewardship for at least 30 premiership games so that he had the chance to impact their success in terms of league points.

The outcomes are quite astonishing in the way they predict team performance.

Football teams managed by multi-linguals managers

(No of languages of manager in brackets)

Arsenal (3),

Chelsea (5),

Liverpool (4)

Man City (2)

Everton (2)

Southampton (2)

All of the above teams are in the top half of the table with some vying for the title and others vying for European Places.

Football Teams managed by monolinguals

Aston Villa (1),

Manchester United (1),

Newcastle United (1),

Norwich City (1),

West Ham United (1),

Hull City (1)

All except two teams (Newcastle and Manchester United) are in the lower half of the table. Newcastle and Manchester United are commonly accepted to be under performing. No teams from the mono-lingual group are threatening to win the title or win a place in Europe.

Managing is the ability to motivate, gel a team together and communicate ideas. The research suggests that language ability is a key component to on the field success. When the board of directors of a football club are looking to recruit a new manager (Norwich are looking for a new manager after sacking monolingual Chris Hughton today), they may want to check his cv for evidence of language capability.

What do you think? Put your comments below. We would love to hear from you.

Turning language into a game…Learn a language through playing

Learn French with KLOO Race to Paris Board GamePerhaps those English mono-lingual managers think it is too hard to learn a language. It doesn’t have to be. Multi-award winning KLOO has turned language into a game to make learning fast, easy and fun. As you play – you learn.  You will learn to make grammatically correct sentences in seconds (watch this short how to play video to see how. And you can effortlessly learn hundreds of words as you play too.

How good is that? Our customers say its great – amazing even! Take a look at our Reviews on Amazon.

Then why not buy a game – have some fun – and start learning a language. You can even get voucher codes from the KLOO website which are valid today

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Languages and football – how languages impact team success

World class football managers learn languages

Those of us who love languages bang on about how languages can benefit many parts of your life. Your career, holidays, mental agility and even your health can all improve by learning languages. Listening to a match on BBC Radio ‘Five Live’ the other day, the commentators were talking about the impact of languages on the performance of football teams – or more specifically on the ability of the manager to successfully manage the football team.

mourinho

Mourinho speaks 5 languages

The commentators began by musing about how the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur, Tim Sherwood, was being held back by his inability to talk to many of his foreign players. Spurs have had an influx of foreign players last Summer, many of whom don’t have a good command of English. The manager is a monolingual – so what happens?…Not much evidently. Spurs have been woeful under his stewardship….sliding down the league table.

What about the world’s best football managers?

Many would say the two best managers in the world are Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho. Between them they have more silverware than a silver mine. And they are both multi-lingual.

Pep Guardiola speaks: Catalan, Spanish, English, German and Italian.

Jose Mourinho speaks: Portuguese, Spanish, English, and Italian

When Mourinho moved to Italy to manage Inter Milan, he studied Italian 5 hours a day for a month so that he could communicate to the press and his players. Guardiola has just taken up the job at Bayern Munich…he was not known for talking German – but in his first press conference – he was fluent.

The world’s best managers believe that talking to players in their own language is a key part of being successful. Interestingly a previous manager of Bayern,  Louis van Gaal,  shut himself away in a monastery for a month of intense language lessons before he joined them.

English managers like Tim Sherwood could do with taking note.

The manager of my team, Liverpool FC, is Brendan Rogers. He speaks English, Portguese and Spanish. Apparently he is learning Italian. And where are Liverpool at the moment…top of the league!

Football Club Board Directors take note: if you want a top manager – perhaps you look at how many languages they speak. Maybe Sherwood should never have got a look in with Spurs.

If you yourself want to learn French, Spanish or Italian – then why not play KLOO. Our games are multi-award winning and make learning a language fast. easy and fun. They also make it a game!

Learn a French Spanish and Italian with KLOO

 

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If you could learn a language like this – Just imagine

Imagine you found languages tough

Imagine you found languages really tough. Imagine you found learning vocabulary, gender, agreement, grammar and all things language totally bewildering. Imagine you don’t think you can do it. You switch off and decide to drop it as a subject. Many children feel this way.

Then Imagine This…

Now imagine that your teacher brings in a new game that makes language fun. Imagine the game shows you, in seconds, how to easily make thousands of foreign sentences. Imagine too that each time you played, you effortlessly picked up 15-25 important words. Imagine the whole class loves it and you even have a thriving class competition.

This is  what MFL teachers say happens when they bring KLOO into the classroom.

I teach French as a foreign language at one of the Alliance Francaise and from home. I have class of primary school children, leaving certificate students and adults. I played the board game with them and they loved it. It’s absolutely brilliant! It’s fantastic! As a teacher, this game is the best language game ever!” Anne-Sophie, Alliance Francaise

“I discovered KLOO last year but really started to thoroughly use the game this Autumn Term and the word has spread! Pupils (of all abilities) want to play this game. I have been using it across the ability range and EVERYONE enjoyed it and my head of department congratulated me on making French so much fun. ” Anouk B, French Teacher, Worth School, W Sussex

 “I teach Spanish to students, ages 8-13, and the kids love this game! The color-coded cards correspond to parts of speech (easy grammar reinforcement! yay!) and allow all types of learners and skill levels to play. Beginners can form sentences without any knowledge of the language at all. Even my reluctant learners are motivated to figure out what the cards mean” Diana, Spanish Teacher, USA

“I like to end my lessons with something fun and a bit different than the rest of the lesson. I’ll often say to my students, “What would you like to do? Reading, a song, noughts and crosses, hangman, Kloo?” and 9 times out of 10, the answer is KLOO!! Not only do students love it but the progress they make when working from one deck to the next is brilliant. “Lindsay D, MFL Teacher, Northants

See great Spanish, Italian and French games for kids at KLOO Games

Learn a language with KLOO

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Language Teacher Update: Better Learning, More Fun and Special Offers

What’s the most potent tool for a Language Teacher?

What simple step can a language teacher take to make a big difference in student performance? What motivates children to try harder and increases their focus? What accelerates learning and teaches important grammar principles, without it ever feeling like hard work?

On top of all of that, what could help students to:

And what would make language lessons a lot of fun and make children alert with enthusiasm?

Teachers tell us that KLOO does. Many teachers have written about their experiences with KLOO. and their glowing reports can be seen on Amazon UK andAmazon US.  You can judge for yourself.

Here is the very latest one regarding Race to Paris from a French speaking teacher at Alliance Francaise:

“I am a French native speaker and i teach French as a foreign language at one of the Alliance Francaise and from home. I have class of primary school children, leaving certificate students and adults. I played the board game with them and they loved it.
It’s absolutely brilliant! The younger kids don’t realise they are actually practising their French as they think they are playing, the leaving cert students revise their vocabulary, tenses and how to make a sentence and the adults are not shy to talk as the phonetics is helping them to pronounce correctly, so they feel confident when they are talking. I love the way you have so many different ways to play the game.

It’s fantastic! As a teacher, this game is the best language game ever!” Anne-Sophie

Teachers are using KLOO in so many different ways with terrific results. And when you buy KLOO you don’t just get a game, you get a full support system to help lessons including:

  • How to play videos
  • Free lesson plans
  • Free extra card print-offs of verbs in different tenses
  • Free handy guides rules to 16 different games you can play

Special Offers

We have special School Editions (which give school exceptional value and we even have Voucher Codes you can redeem

Amazing how often this is forgotten.

What’s the best way to learn a language?

From a book? No

From a CD? No

An App? No

Computer? No

Phrase book? No, NO

Foreign TV? Absolutely not

Classroom whiteboards? Still no.

What then?

Find Out Here for the overlooked answer

Learning in the spotlight – Discovery Learning

Learn Italian Games with KLOO cards

With KLOO, the words you want to learn are revealed throughout the game. It means you discover meanings went you want to learn them. This is Discovery Learning, the way we learned our first language and the most powerful way to build vocabulary. It is so easy it feels effortless.

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It PAYS to learn a language

Better careers and better incomes

Give your career a boost with a second language

Second Languages are good for your career

There are lots of reasons for learning a second language. A language will let you see the world through different lenses, allow you to appreciate other cultures and even bestows mental health benefits. It can also have a profound impact on your employment prospects, career and income – more so than other academic subjects. If you want to give your prospects a boost – employers look for competence in second languages as a way of sifting through CVs. If you have a child who will be embarking on their future career, then a language helps him or her stand out in the jobs market. A recent report in Personnel Today stated that not only are job prospects better for candidates with language skills, but their average wage is higher than for graduates with degrees in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Engineering after as little as 3 years! And you don’t have to be word perfect to get the job. The Guardian reports that Confederation of British Industry (CBI) found that 74% of employers recruit applicants with conversational ability rather than fluent.

Getting started

Taking the first step is important…and many don’t even take the first step because they mistakenly believe they don’t have the skills to learn a second language. If this sounds like you then read our Language Myth Busters. It is essential that you realise, from the outset, that you are absolutely and 100% capable – as anyone else would be. The secret is making time and how you go about it.

The tools you use make the biggest impact on the outcome

If you have had a bad experience learning a language before – it doesn’t have to be that way…with the right tools it can be fun and you can learn very fast. Many language learners and teachers are talking about KLOO. It has a new and innovative approach to language learning and the results are outstanding. Just yesterday, I received this from a native French speaker, teaching French at the Alliance Francaise. She bought our Race to Paris Game three weeks ago and teaches all different ages and capabilities. This is what this very experienced teacher says:

Language Teachers use KLOO“I have class of primary schools children, leaving certificate students and adults. I played the board game with them and they loved it. It’s absolutely brilliant! The younger kids don’t realise they are actually practising their french as they think they are playing, the leaving cert students revise their vocabulary, tense and how to make a sentence and the adults are not shy to talk as the phonetics is helping them to pronounce correctly so they feel confident when they are talking. I love the way you have so many different ways to play the game. It’s fantastic! As a teacher, this game is the best language game ever! ” Anne-Sophie Harris

Just Play. And Learn

Learn a language with KLOO

Ready. Set. GO!

You can use KLOO as an absolute beginner or use it to take your language skills to the next level. You’ll learn hundreds of words, be able to make thousands of sentence (in seconds) and you won’t ever feel like you’re studying or working. Just play and learn. The language learning principles embedded inside each game are very powerful, which means you can sit back and enjoy playing as you learn.

Vouchers Valid Today!

May I wish you the best of luck. Learning a language is a challenge but can be fun and even addictive – in the same way that crosswords and Sudoku problems are. It gets under your skin – and that’s a good thing! I find myself circling back on Italian, not as a chore but as a challenge I want to succeed at. To get you started we have Special Voucher Codes which are valid Today on any KLOO products. Have fun.

French, Spanish and Italian Games you might consider

If you’re learning French, Spanish or Italian take a look at our award-winning language games. They make learning fast and easy and within seconds you’ll be able to make thousands of sentences to score points.

KLOO Race to Paris Language Board Game

KLOO Race to Madrid Language Board Game

Italian KLOO Combo Pack

Learning in the spotlight – Discovery Learning

Learn Italian Vocabulary with KLOO cardsWith KLOO, the words you want to learn are revealed throughout the game. It means you discover meanings went you want to learn them. This is Discovery Learning, the way we learned our first language and the most powerful way to build vocabulary. It is so easy it feels effortless.

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Learning a language: Resilience to Brilliance

The essential ingredient for Learning a Language

How to learn French Spanish of Italian

You can be fluent too

So often people make things look easy. Great sports people, dancers, singers all make their art look like a walk in the park…and so do people who have mastered a second language (I am talking of bilinguals who were not brought up with a second language at home). You can find yourself gawping at them and their ability to converse fluently  in different languages while you stumble to put together a coherent sentence …  and you wonder how they became so good. What amazing phenomenon managed to transfuse a whole second language into their brain?

I heard on the radio this morning (BBC Radio 2) that whenever you see someone showing mastery of a skill its:

“90% resilience – 10% brilliance.”

Its practice, practice, practice. You have to put in the work and that is true of even brilliant multi-linguals. They have had to put in the work, spent time talking, reading, listening and practising their languages…until it looks effortless.

You have probably even experienced this yourself. Can you drive? I bet it seems easy, second nature, a walk in the park. I bet you can sing, talk and think about things as you drive. It’s a cinch!

My daughter is just beginning to drive and taking her first lessons. She’s like a newly born foal taking her first steps…the car judders and stalls and she looks panicked. I was exactly the same! But we all get to driving fluency (or most of us do!) through lessons, hard work and practice.

So if you want to look brilliant at languages – the good news is you are not missing the Brilliant Language Gene. You can be brilliant too…but you have to practice.

It’s not all hard work…Learn a language through playing

Learn French with KLOO Race to Paris Board GameThe good news is that it doesn’t all have to be hard work…indeed we have designed multi-award winning language games to make learning French, Spanish or Italian fast, easy and fun. As you play – you learn.  You will learn to make grammatically correct sentences in seconds (watch this short how to play video to see how. And you can effortlessly learn hundreds of words as you play too.

How good is that? Our customers say its great – amazing even! Take a look at our Reviews on Amazon.

Then why not buy a game – have some fun – and start learning a language. You can even get voucher codes from the KLOO website which are valid today

Voucher Codes Here

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