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新しい言語を理解すること

ある言語を習得する一番の方法は、同じ趣味を持ち、とても辛抱強く、あなたが丁度理解出来るレベルで話して、書けるネイティブスピーカー(学びたい言語を母語とする人)と仲良くなることです。

新しい言語は、他者を理解し、自分も理解してもらうために学ぶものです。新しい言語は、コミュニケーションの手段であり、習得することで終わるものではありません。

言語は、自分が理解出来る範囲の言葉の交流からのみ習得ができるのです。会話をする相手との話題が 興味をそそられるものであればあるほど、その言語を学ぶ過程は楽しいものになるのです。

レキソグラムはあなたを理解するように、つくられています。レキソグラムは、あなたが無理をせずに使える語彙と好みの話題を学びます。あなたが興味を持てそうな資料を探し、あなたにあったペースで新しい表現を紹介します。そして、完全に習得したことを確認するまで、あなたが学んでいる単語を思い出させてくれます。

レキソグラムは、どんな人より疲れ知らずで、あなたが習得した内容を決して忘れません。レキソグラムは、あなたがネイティブスピーカーに辛抱してもらわずに、仲良く慣れるお手伝いをします。

 
 


単語以上のもの

人同士のコミュニケーションの大半は、言葉を使わずに交わされます。ジェスチャー、顔の表情、声の調子や社会的な決まり事などによって、言葉の意味は変わります。「ああ、そうだね」は、その言い方によって「全くその通りだ。」とも「全く違うだろ。」ともとれる。

それぞれの地域には、それぞれの独自の慣習があります。それぞれの地域で、暗黙の了解で通じる意味が、異なる文化圏出身の人々に対して用いると大きな誤解を生じることがあります。

レキソグラムは、あなたの文化的慣習が、どれほど対話相手とのものとは異なるのかに注意するように促します。そして、他文化の人々の言葉を使わないメッセージの解読や言葉を使わない合図を適切に使う手助けをし、その意味が失われないようにします。


The same but different

Before you can fully acquire the meaning of a new expression, you need to see it many times and in a slightly different context each time. It helps to know that you have met an expression before, and to be able to return to all the places where you met it. It helps to compare and contrast the new expression with words you already know, to see how each fits into the web of meaning in your new language.

Lexogram shows you new words in red. Each time you demonstrate that you have understood the word it will fade to black a little, so you can tell at a glance how well you should expect to remember its meaning.

Many words have more than one meaning. For example, the word "set" has different meanings when it refers to concrete, collectables, a date, a dance, a direction or the sun. When a familiar word appears with a new meaning, it will once again be shown in red. This warns you not to confuse it with the meanings you already know.

You can right-click on any word to bring up a page which shows the history of your encounters with the word, and which links it to all the words you know (and some that you don't) that have a related meaning. You can add your own links and examples to this page

 
 


Making connections

A new language makes you richer by giving you a new way of seeing the world. If you translate everything back into your own language, you may miss much of the subtlety of the language you are learning. If you can't easily compare your own language with the new language, you may feel lost.

Lexogram helps you discover how reality is mapped in the language you are learning, so that you can begin to think like a native. It also gives you graphic tools to create your own connections both within the new language and between it and your own language.


External memory

There is so much to learn in a new language. The more you learn, the more there is that you could possibly forget.

Lexogram acts as a back-up for your brain. As you learn, it records your progress in a database. If you choose, your information can be saved to the servers on the Lexogram site, where you can connect to it securely from any computer anywhere.

The database can give you objective feedback on how fast you are progressing. It can compare your progress with that of others who started at a similar level at the same time as you. It can help you find an expression you have forgotten if you can remember the context in which you learnt it.

 
 


A community of learners

Lexogram gives you access to a whole community of language learners. Some are learning your native language, others are native speakers of the language you are learning. Still others are learning the same language that you are, but come from different backgrounds and cultures.

If you choose, you can take our Personal Profile questionnaire, so that the database can find other learners with a similar profile to yours, and let you know anonymously which activities worked best for them.

If you choose to make parts of your profile public, others can follow your progress and your recommendations, and learn how to learn better thanks to your successes. You can contact other language learners on-line, and use video and whiteboard tools that have been specially designed to make cross-cultural communications easier. You can create your own public and private groups to discuss different topics.


Endless new material

The content for the Lexogram method is stored on an Internet server. People like yourself are adding new material to the server all the time. If you are looking for something in particular, and you find it doesn't exist yet, you can post a request to the community as a whole. In exchange, you can check the requests of others, and see if there is anything that you could offer.

You can create new material for the entire community, or you can create a private lesson for one individual or group.

Lexogram is yours to make what you will of it.