Peter F. Rettig holds engineering degrees from the ETH, Zurich, Switzerland and Columbia University, NY, NY. He discovered his interest in languages while learning French in Switzerland during his first work assignments. After a consulting career and co-founding and selling his own firm in the U.S., he now uses his technical skills and project management experience to starting up gamesforlanguage.com.
GamesforLanguage - Learning With a Travel-Story and Fun Games. Quick Language Games for Fun Learning and Practice. Mastering the basics of the verb "être" (to be) is a must for French learners.
Here's a fun French language game to do a quick review and practice of the present, future, and conditional tenses of "être. " You'll hear different voices with somewhat different accents. It's a good way to train your ear. And don't forget: if you like our French games, you can practice French online for free with our 36-Scene travel story "Daniel en France" HERE. If you like our games, please SHARE us with your friends. Not everyone will agree with Benny Lewis', the Irish Polyglot's statement "Why French is easy!
". 3 Tips to "Spark" Your Language Learning Motivation. Posted on by Ulrike Rettig Not surprisingly, Jeremy Dean's recent e-book, Spark - 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything, has some very relevant suggestions that apply to language learning.
Learning a language takes time, focus, and a certain amount of effort. As we juggle our time, demands from work and family, and our need for rest and recreation, language learning can easily fall by the wayside. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to keep your language learning motivation on track, even when you're hitting a few obstacles. Here are my 3 main takeaways from “Spark” for language learners : 1. Brexit language and history: 18 German terms you should know. Posted on by Peter Rettig Over the last few weeks, Europe has slowly been adjusting to the vote by the British people to leave the European Union.
“Brexit,” a new word which combines “Britain” with “exit,” has become the generally used term in many languages to describe this event. It's interesting to read how different news organizations in various countries are explaining and commenting on the vote and its likely effects on Great Britain, Europe, and the world. Do You Need a Language Learning Time-Out? Posted on by Peter Rettig It happens to many language learners at some point: The initial enthusiasm for learning a new language wanes.
The app or program that was fun and interesting becomes boring. You don't reach your daily goal of learning X new words. You start skipping your language class, etc. Setbacks happen, and the reasons are legion. So, how can you rekindle your enthusiasm? Here's what has worked for me: Take a Time-out This could be a few days or a couple of weeks. Turn off any reminders you may be getting from your online courses. 4 Fun Spanish Language Games Before You Travel. Posted on by Ulrike Rettig Are you planning to travel to Spain or to one of the other Spanish-speaking countries?
(Picture left: Plaza Mayor, Madrid, Spain) Then practicing your Spanish with these Spanish language games may be for you! You'll also know from our previous blogposts that learning, at the very least, basic numbers, some essential vocabulary, and common phrases has been very useful to us in travels to countries whose languages we don't speak. 4 Fun Italian Language Games Before You Travel. Posted on by Ulrike Rettig Play these 4 fun Italian Language Games a few times before you travel to Italy or to a region where Italian is widely spoken.
The four games in this post are just a taste of Italian, of course. It takes more to become fluent in Italian, but they're a start. And we hope that they'll inspire you to learn more. For us, knowing some everyday vocabulary, essential travel phrases, and the numbers 1-100 has been a must for our travels in countries where we don't speak the language. Some Simple Tips Always say the words and phrases aloud. Focus on practicing any expressions as "chunks" and try not to think about them as individual words.
Whenever you can, associate words and expressions with an image in your mind. It's essential to repeat words and phrases many times. Speaking involves using various mouth muscles to produce the right sounds. 1. 4 Fun German Language Games Before You Travel. Posted on by Ulrike Rettig Are you planning to travel to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, or another country where you can use German?
(Image left: Neuschwanstein castle, Bavaria, Germany) 4 Fun French Language Games Before You Travel. Venice: Romance and Delicious Foods... Posted on by Kendal Knetemann If you ever want to practice the Italian you have just learned and enjoy the local cuisine as well, you can combine both in this beautiful place called Venice.
“Romance” is certainly the word that came to our mind when my husband and I visited this city during a recent mini escape and collected our visual impressions in this Lingohut Travel log (click also on the image) . Venice, capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a marshy lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. Its stone palaces literally rise out of the water. There are no cars or roadways, just canals and boats.