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200 Words a Day! Music helps you learn languages. Newzine#01 --17Oct03
October 17, 2003

Learn Languages the easy way.
Welcome to 200 Words a Day! Newzine # 01.


1. Why are Gender Triggers so important for learning a language?

2. What is the Right Music that eases your brainwaves into the optimum state for learning?

3. How does Rhythmic Breathing improve your language learning?

4. How your mind starts naturally looking for Memory Triggers, as you do the course.

5. Get your self invented memory triggers published.

6. Tell us about your story and your learning rates.

7. Check out some new Memory Trigger cartoons.

1. Why are gender triggers so important for anyone learning a language?

Every noun in Spanish, French or German has a gender, or a sex.

All nouns are male or female, (...or additionally neuter in German . . .)

The best way to learn the gender is to learn it at the same time that you learn the word, and that is how the 200 Words a Day! software works.

Each picture has a male or female character with the memory trigger, and that character tells you the gender of the word. This we call the Gender Trigger.

So for 'the cat' in French, le chat (which sounds like le Shaah) is a masculine word, and we have a cartoon of a tom-cat with the Shah of Iran (a male). It’s all in the same picture.

For German, to remember neuter words, we have invented the most effective Gender Trigger technology ever devised. Simple, but so effective, which is the smoking animal. So any picture with a German noun also features a smoking animal.

When you need to think of a word, just think of the picture.

Additional Gender Triggers are:

1.) ... male voices read the mascculine words

2.) ... female voices read the feminine words

3.) ... male words are in blue

4.) ... female words are in red.

Try this one...

The Spanish word for blister is

la ampolla

which sounds like (...UM POUR YA...)

So imagine a lady with a blister wants to UM...POUR YA beer over her blister!

blister. . . .la ampolla

The characters in the pic are ladies, so we know the word is feminine.

Additionally, the text is red for female (male is blue), and the voice that reads the text is female also. Three gender triggers in one.


2. What is the Right Music that eases your brainwaves into the optimum state for learning?

We all know that music sets a mood or state.

Romantic music is soft and mellow, and tugs the heartstrings.

Rock music gets you moving and boosts the energy levels. . .

and what is the right music for peak learning?

Research has shown that the slow, string music movements of certain Baroque music co-ordinates the breathing, cardio-vascular rhythm, and brainwave rhythms. The movements are generally largo movements played at 60 beats a minute…. such as parts of the Vivaldi piece ‘The Four Seasons.’

…In essence the music smooths the brainwaves into slow, smooth waves and in this state the brain learns at its peak state. This is called the alpha state.

So if you play the right music while you are learning, the brainwaves will be smoothed into the alpha state….. and this is the best state for learning.

200 Words a Day! software incorporates a selection of such musical pieces that you can click on or off as you desire.

In addition we have simple, effective tools for rhythmic breathing that you can click on….

3. How does rhythmic breathing improve your language learning?

Rhythmic breathing also ‘tunes the human instrument’ ready for learning.

If you get into a calm, relaxed state, like a yogi or someone about to meditate, or pray, the brain becomes more receptive to learning. It moves in to an alpha state…. which is also the state you drift into before you fall asleep.

The music described above can assist this, but you can also do this by consciously slowing and concentrating on your breathing.

We have incorporated a simple tool in the software that tells you to ‘breathe in’ while the English word and foreign word and foreign word are spoken to you and shown in (1) text and (2) picture form, then you are instructed to hold your breath for a set number of seconds while the memory trigger is spoken. Then you are instructed to breathe out.

Not only does the rhythmical breathing synchronise your body rhythms, it clears your mind of all outside thoughts and influences, so you can concentrate on your learning.

4. How your mind starts naturally looking for memory triggers, as you do the course.

When you do the 200 Words a Day! course, every time you encounter a new foreign word outside the course, (i.e one that you have not already learned) you start to automatically develop memory triggers…..

…and this extends into all areas of your learning. It just becomes a natural thing to start dreaming up memory triggers, because they can be used anywhere.

Maybe you might be good at dreaming up new triggers. If you do think of some great new triggers for new words, not covered in current courses, drop us an email to and you could . . .

. . . 5 . . . . Get your self invented memory triggers published.

Our team is constantly beavering away putting together more courses, and we are busy putting together new words, memory triggers, recordings and pictures, cartoons and animations.

[Spanish Course #2, French Course #2 and German Course #2 are all under way and ready for release in coming months.]

6. Tell us about your story and your learning rates.

We welcome feedback on the software and any suggestions for improvement. Tell us about your experience, and which lessons you find most useful. We are most interested in any personal stories.

Your next newzine will be emailed in around 2 weeks time.

Well, that's it for this newzine. If you have any questions at all do not hesitate to get in touch at

Kind regards,

Kevin Crocombe

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