Hey there language enthusiasts!
I'm Tiara, your guide on this exciting journey of self-taught language mastery. As the 'Card Master' of Speak in Spades, I've observed something pretty interesting – language learners absolutely thrive on three key elements: challenges, games, and a sense of community.
Today, I want to share some gamified activities that will not only spice up your language learning routine, but also connect you with fellow language learners!
1. Flashcard Fiesta
Flashcards aren't just for memorizing vocab! There are a lot of ways that you can turn them into a game.
To start, create a deck of flashcards. Then, for each word you pull from the deck, you can do a random mix of actions. You can act out some of the words, draw some, or use a few in a sentence.
My good friend Matt from Language Card Games is one of the many learners who endorse a version of this flashcard game with Leitner Cards. ! This isn’t just fun; it’s a powerful tool to reinforce your memory and understanding of new words.
2. Language Learning Bingo
Here’s a fun way to keep track of your progress: Create a bingo card with different language tasks – like watching a movie in your target language, ordering food at a restaurant, or having a 5-minute conversation with a native speaker. As you complete each task, mark it off with stickers or your favorite color pens. Treat yourself every time you get a new bingo line. After you’ve marked off every task on the board, create a new one!
I like this idea because it’s a fun, rewarding way to keep track of your progress in the language you’re studying.
3. Recipe Rendezvous
Finally, a food-related suggestion! Find a recipe in your target language, either from a book or from videos, and follow it. You could also try to write down your own recipes and ingredients in your target language.
Doing either one of these activities will not only help you learn food-related vocabulary, but you'll also get to enjoy the rewards of your study session right away. Bonus points for sharing pictures of your final product with the language community on social media and exchanging recipes with fellow learners.
4. Language Exchange Picnics
Organize a picnic with fellow language learners or native speakers. If you don’t have many users of your language in your community, try to create a virtual meeting or planning an event a few months in advance with an existing online community.
While you’re at the picnic, you can challenge yourself to only speak in the target language or make a goal to speak in the language for at least ‘x’ minutes. Food AND a chance to use your target language with new people? Sounds like a win-win situation to me!
6. Vlogging Your Progress
Have you ever considered recording your progress with videos? If not, maybe you should start!
I know how scary it is to talk or simply exist in front of a camera. In fact, after years of filming myself for social media content, I can safely say the fear hasn’t gone away. But one of the many benefits I’ve seen from posting videos of myself is seeing how much I’ve grown as a language learner. Whenever I’m feeling unmotivated, I can simply look back on a video I took a year from that day to remember that I’ve made a lot of progress with my Korean and Spanish.
When you share your challenges, victories, and everything in between on social media, you also open yourself up to connect with people around the world who might share your interests or struggles. Vlogging is a great way to track your progress and connect with a community of learners who can offer support and encouragement.
7. Culture Quest
Each week, pick a cultural aspect of the language you’re learning – be it music, dance, festivals, or history and explore it. Then share your discoveries with your language learning community so you can see what else you learn from other people.
Language learning is just as much about the people who use it as it is about learning new words and grammar points. You’re most likely studying languages to connect with people, or at the very least understand them. Sometimes, the best way to learn about a community is to reach out to them and share what you know. Information is constantly changing, so don’t be afraid to do live fact checks while you do your cultural research.
Remember, language learning doesn’t have to be a solo marathon. It's a vibrant, interactive journey best enjoyed with others. By incorporating these fun activities, you’re not just learning a language; you’re living it!
So, are you ready to turn the traditional language learning approach on its head? Let's make learning not just educational, but incredibly fun and deeply connected.
Join me, Tiara, and the community at Speak in Spades, as we embrace the joy of language learning together!
Happy learning! 🌟🎉📚
Study like a diamond ♢ Practice like a club ♣ Vibe like a heart ♡ Speak like a spade ♠