We are excited to continue sharing our language learning methodology–we call it the linguistic science behind the Mango Languages Online Language Learning Software.
Intuitive Language Construction was developed after looking at current products on the market and listening to feedback from users. The one thing we heard over and over is that they wanted a program that was fun, easy, completely integrated, and that included the following components:
1. Vocabulary (Click to see previous post)
2. Pronunciation (Click to see previous post)
In this post we are going to discuss the third component of Intuitive Language Construction…Grammar. Grammar is the way the words combine to form sentences, and this is really at the core of what makes our Intuitive Language Construction methodology unique.
Many other language learning systems minimize the importance of grammar by teaching you simply to utter phrases and vocabulary rather than to carry on a real conversation. I think this is so strange, because when I was in school all of my teachers stressed how important grammar is. Unfortunately, it is underserved in most language learning tools.
Mango is different. Because Intuitive Language Construction is based on real conversations, Mango students are continually learning sentence structure and grammar in addition to vocabulary and pronunciation and culture.
Mango incorporates a variety of grammar tools such as semantic color mapping, literal translations, grammar notes, and critical thinking exercises, which help users learn to adapt their skills and apply them to similar conversations.
They start to identify and recognize linguistic patterns, and they come to understand intuitively how to recombine the pieces they learn to construct new meanings. The coolest part of it all is that this knowledge is acquired without the student even realizing they are learning it. We really should call it “stealth grammar” because it sneaks up on you. Grammar doesn’t have to be hard, but it is an essential part of learning a foreign language.
What do you think language would be like without grammar?