The Benefits of Learning a Language
Learning a foreign language provides a number of benefits.
Learning new things helps keep our brains active, which many believe can keep are brains sharp as we get older and to help prevent dementia.
Travel and Explore Other Culture
Never before has it been so easy and cheap to travel to the far off places that we dreamed about as kids. What better way to truly immerse yourself in a foreign culture than to learn the language and interact with local people in their native language? Even if you only know a fraction of a language, that knowledge and your willingness to put yourself out there and speak those words will go a long way in development a friendly bond with the local population.
Make New Friends
Learning another language opens up a whole new world of potential friends! The side benefit of this is that you’ll get better at speaking that language the more you interact with your new friends!
Increased Job Opportunities
Knowing another language, particularly in those industries that reach globally, looks great on a resume, and it can sometimes be the difference between getting a job or promotion or not.
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Why Flash Cards?
Flash cards are amazing teaching tools for both children and adults. They have been used successfully for years across a number of disciplines to encourage learning through memorization.
Why are flash cards so populate as learning aids?
Flash cards provide an interactive, self directed, visual learning experience.
Flash Cards Are Interactive
Instead of just sitting in a lecture, flash cards provide an active experience for the learner. It’s an active process to flip through the cards, forcing recall of the concepts on each card, and evaluating the accuracy of your recall.
Flash Cards Are Self Directed
With flash cards, you are in charge of how the pace of your learning. You determine how often you need to revisit a particular card in order to promote memorization.
A lot of people are visual learners, and being able to associate an image with a particular word or concept often helps with memory retention.
Concise and Portable
In general, flash cards are designed to contain small bits of information on each card, which helps prevent an overload situation when there are a number of words or concepts on a page, as in a book. This also lends flash cards to be small in physical size, as well, making them more portable and practical than carrying a book.
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