© Marco Bertolini

Have you ever wondered why kids learn language much faster than adults?

 

Tony Buzan, English author and inventor of Mind Maps uses the ‘Twin Pillars’ of imagination and association to reinforce language learning. “The more you can imagine the images of the words and the pictures that represent those words, and then find links with things you know and the new words, the faster you can learn a language” he says.

Dr. Georgi Lozanov, a Bulgarian psychiatrist, psychotherapist, and teacher called his new methodology “Suggestopedia”. He developed the term by combining two words: suggestion and pedagogy. The idea is that we can learn more material in a shorter period of time if both the right and left hemispheres of the brain are engaged. This requires the use of classical music, art, and playful engagement within the classroom.

Kids also use the same concept of visualization and word association. Also less worried about making mistakes, they tend to learn quicker, and be more natural at language learning because they learn the rules ‘on the hop’ as they go, and accept things as they are and as they hear them. On the other hand we (adults) fear of making a mistake and looking silly when speaking the language and desire for perfection, and not wanting to try until they have got everything exactly right (…I am not ready yet…).