EuroComDidact is an intercomprehension based method for rapidly acquiring foreign languages and fostering plurilingualism

The secret of the success, which has often been empirically proven, is that the already existing learning-relevant (dormant) knowledge of language and foreign language learning is systematically used to acquire a new language.

In only a couple of hours, the method will help develop reading skills in languages of a family of which you already know one. To provide an example: It is easy to learn Italian if you already have some mastery of French or Spanish. And, of course, English and German are helpful as well. It is up to you to decide whether you will content with “only” (plurilingual) reading skills or proceed to writing and speaking the target language. In this case, the intercomprehensive approach is just an effective first step. – Clicking the Learning Tips button will give supplementary information.

The term intercomprehension means “understanding a foreign language without having learned it—either autodidactically or pedagogically guided—or acquired it in its natural environment”. The intercomprehensive approach activates your learning-relevant dormant knowledge to connect linguistic schemes (words, syntactic patterns, modes, etcetera) which you already know to their correspondences in the target language(s). Not to forget: Language and language learning data are two sides of the same coin.

Intercomprehension always starts with words’ identification. Knowing words is crucial for understanding whatever language it be. The app EuroCom ToGo will help you to learn/awake the vocabulary you need to develop fundamental and encompassing reading skills in Romance languages. The method is simple. You just compare the target word to its correspondent or bridging words in other Romance languages and English and German as well. At a glance, you will find what the words have in common and what is different. If you know French, don’t hesitate to see the video.

Under the name EuroCom, experts in Romance (EuroComRom), Germanic (EuroComGerm) and Slavic languages (EuroComSlav) as well as in foreign language learning and teaching (EuroComDidact) have joined forces to foster plurilingualism. In 1999, the group was awarded the Austrian “European Seal of Approval for Innovative Language Projects”. Several intercomprehension focused projects, in which the EuroCom-group collaborated, were supported by the European Union.

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