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Language Trainers publishes GamesforLanguage guest blog

colosseumThis guest blog by Ulrike was recently published on the Language Trainers site. You can also read Ivana Vitali's take on the benefits of using a personal tutor on our blog here.

There are indeed many roads that can lead you to learning a new foreign language.

Have you found your road yet?

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Free GamesforLanguage Subscriptions through Word-of-Mouth...

FreeMore players are discovering a unique GamesforLanguage feature:

You can get FREE subscriptions by (1) referring your friends to the GamesforLanguage demos (no purchase required!) and/or (2) by meeting the 2013 LEARN & EARN challenge.

The FAQs describe both options:

For each friend you refer (and who only needs to REGISTER) you earn a 1-month FREE subscription. If YOU are already registered, just log in HERE and on the "PLAY" page, click the SHARE G4L! button (where you can also check your referral status).

And even if you only have ONE friend who registers, you can extend your subscription through our 2013 LEARN & EARN challenge, also described in the FAQs: Scoring 5,000 points will earn you an additional one (1) month - scoring 10,000 points will earn you two (2) months.

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Homeschool.com reviews GamesforLanguage.com

Homeschool.com, The #1 Homeschooling Community recently reviewed the GamesforLanguage.com program

 

They concluded:

“This is a fun language educational resource....it teaches relevant information....it's a game--so it's enjoyable....and it's very affordable--it's a great supplement for anyone learning French, Italian, Spanish, or German.

We certainly enjoyed Games for Language, and the games we played!”

Read the full review HERE!

 

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Homeschooling & Summer Camp Fun & Practice with GamesforLanguage

 

Word Invader screenWe have recently been fielding inquiries from parents and camp counselors who wonder whether our GamesforLanguage programs are appropriate for homeschooling and summer camps. We always answer with an enthusiastic YES. In fact, our game-based programs are a great way to keep kids busy AND learning on rainy days. Once kids can read and write, they can play GamesforLanguage.

What are the GamesforLanguage program topics?

The 36 scenes of a course tell the story of a young Menu Screenman who travels to France, Italy, Spain, or Germany. The 4-14 line dialogs of each lesson – we call them “Scenes” - start with a conversation in the airplane, then cover visiting friends and family, some sightseeing, buying train/bus tickets, and ordering food. Along the way, tidbits of cultural information on each country are sprinkled in. (For example: Why did Mark Twain liked the name Heidelberg - where he lived for three months? Which French painter was a banker before he became famous?) The travel story engages the learner, provides relevant vocabulary, and creates a framework that ties everything together. Various games teach, review, and practice the vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation with points given for correct answers and completed games. (For voice recording, the player needs a microphone and Flash Player.) After the first few Scenes, players have to reach minimum scores in order to progress to the next Scene.

How does GamesforLanguage.com work?

Moon LandingWe described both the idea of our program and its specifics in two recent blogs: The GamesforLanguage Program – Part 1: Approach and Methods, and Part 2: Games Summary. Even if children are following a specific language curriculum, GamesforLanguage will be a great and fun addition to their language learning, especially during the summer months and even later!

Hardware/Software

As this is an online program, you need a decent Internet Recording Screenconnection, a PC/laptop with one of the modern and updated browsers: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc. as well as an updated Flash Player (for the recordings). You can even play our programs (without an Apple app) on an iPad and iPhone using iOS6, but – because Apple does not support the Flash player – the recording feature does not work on those devices. (We are hopeful that Android devices will soon be able to play our program as well.)

We also provide mp3 audios of each level which can be downloaded.

Pricing structures

Inquiries by summer camps have prompted us to develop different pricing structures for group purchases. And during May our FREE six-day trial provides a great opportunity for trying out GamesforLanguage!

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FREE 6-day Trial with Learn & Earn in MAY

During the month of May, GamesforLanguage players can register for a FREE 6-day trial subscription. (Players who registered previously and have less than 300 points can still participate and can so indicate via contact.)

All can participate in our Learn & Earn challenge which continues into June. As further explained in our FAQs, users can earn additional free months, if they exceed score goals of 5,000 and 10,000 points respectively.

GamesforLanguage currently offers four languages: French 1, German 1, Italian 1, and Spanish 1. Easy games let players understand, read, write, and speak the story of a young traveler who visits the four European countries. With a story that continues through all 36 lessons of the program, players learn relevant and practical everyday vocabulary. Each player will also receive the mp3 audio of "The Story" at the start of each level to download.

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Learning a Second Language Like a Child?

appleWe call this "an apple" in English, "una manzana" in Spanish, "une pomme" in French, and "una mela" in Italian. If you were a child, learning one of these languages, you would likely know this well before your second birthday!

Many language courses promote their method of learning a new foreign language with slogans such as "Learn a new language like child!". While there are obviously many aspects of "learning" that children and adults share, there are also significant differences. In fact, "learning like a child" really tries to create the image for you of a young child learning his or her first language, seemingly effortlessly. And who wouldn't also want to learn in a similar way?

A recent blog we published on GEOS Language Plus : LEARNING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE LIKE A CHILD (sorry, we noticed that the link does not work any longer! explains why there are major differences between a young child learning his/her first language and an adult learning his/her second (or third) language.

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Play n' Learn Spanish with a Conversation in an Airplane

La Sagrada FamiliaAnybody who plans to travel to a Spanish-speaking country can benefit from our Spanish travel story. The story begins in an airplane as our young traveler David flies from Boston to Barcelona. His neighbor in the airplane starts a conversation with him. If you you don't quite understand it at the beginning just follow this YouTube clip and you will at the end. The clip shows only a few of the games that let you understand, read, speak, and write the words and phrases of this travel story - but you can try out our demos to see and hear fro yourself.   

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Why did Mark Twain like Heidelberg?

HeidelbergAnybody who plans to travel to a German-speaking country can benefit from our German travel story. While in Heidelberg our young "hero" Michael discovers why Mark Twain may have liked the name of the town. And - if you can understand the dialogue in this short YouTube clip - you may discover this as well - and even surprise your German friends or acquaintances... 

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GamesforLanguage works on iOS6 devices

iPadFinally!

GamesforLanguage works on iOS6 mobile devices!

Now you can access our four(4) language programs (German1, French1, Spanish1, and Italian1) not only on your desktop or laptop, but also on your iOS6 mobile devices. 

This means you don't need to go through the Apple store to use GamesforLanguage.com. You would want to have a good Wi-Fi connection; just open your Safari browser, login to our site and start playing and learning. While in our opinion the screen on the iPhone is too small for certain games, Memory Game, Snap Clouds, Shootout and others may still work for some users. We prefer the regular iPad and iPad mini.

Start Learning a New Language - playfully...

 

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