Multiple intelligences? But how many are there? The number seems to go up and up.  Howard Gardner is the man who first identified multiple intelligences and he has since added to his list.

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Everybody has a different approach to learning and the more we understand about the type of learner we are, the more effective our studying should become.

Howard Gardner first introduced us to the idea of Multiple Intelligences in 1983. He believes that there are several types of intelligences that can’t be simply defined from one IQ test. He categorises intelligences under the following headings;

1.  Verbal linguistic – having a good verbal memory, being interested in words and how language works

2.  Analytical / logical – being able to investigate and have a scientific approach to learning

3.  Musical – being sensitive to sounds and rhythms

4.  Visual spatial – being imaginative with a good visual memory

5.  Kinaesthetic – being receptive to touching objects to enhance your memory

6.  Interpersonal – being good in group work, listening to others

7.  Intrapersonal – being aware of your own personal goals and motivations

8.  Naturalist – understanding the link between nature and humans

It’s important to understand that these intelligences work together and it would be unwise to think of ourselves as having only one or the other. Labelling learners as a particular type of learner could stop them from exploring all of their intelligences. So instead we should think of ourselves as having dominant intelligences.


When you are next in a classroom ask yourself these questions to think about how you learn:

  • When I hear a new word do I need to see it written down to know how it’s spelt?
  • Am I interested in grammar and how English tenses are put together?
  • Are my notes kept neatly in a methodical way?
  • Do I keep a personal dictionary of newly learnt words?
  • Does my personal dictionary help me to remember the words?
  • How easy do I find it to hear differences in sounds?
  • Does drawing pictures of new words help me to remember them in English?
  • Does touching an object help me to remember what it’s called?
  • Do I enjoy listening to the teacher and taking notes?
  • Do I prefer working on my own or with other people?
  • Do I know why I’m learning English?

This list of questions is obviously limited but it’s a good start towards becoming a more effective learner. The more you are aware about your dominant intelligences in the learning process the more you can exploit them to make learning a more enjoyable and rewarding journey.



Hi all , 
I am a new one here. I live in Taiwan. I have learned English for long time, but my English skills are still weak. I want to improve my English and go to Tutorial School for studying English for several times but still can not improve it.
When I am in the school, I feel that my English is ok, but when I leave there, I still can not speak English well. How can I improve my English? Can anyone help me and give my some suggestions?
Thanks at all.

Dear Shempu,
 First of all, congratulations for your level which seems very good and also for your humility. You are quite good. With my poor English, i say to you just we never know when began to speak a foreign language. The secrecy is to repeat leaning, speaking, writing again and again and don't be afraid to make mistakes and to improve your skills within a group.
Best regards !

i think you keep telling  your self that you are not getting any benefit
of learning english  by many methods. try to shift this thought 
just try to enjoy the moment while you are learning english by watching movies
speaking with others in this website for example believe me  you will thank me  for this web site is just for speaking with other people and just try to speak with your self about any subject
and just use what you learned  in your normal life, and you will improve you english

Hi Shenpu,
Sorry to hear that you're feeling that you're not progressing in your English, but your comment was very clear and well-written, so I don't think your English is as bad as you think it is.
Have you asked your teachers what your weak points are and how to improve them? It's hard for me to give you specific advice without meeting you.
Learning a language to the point where you can easily speak it takes a very long time, so don't give up. Also, you may be feeling that you are not improving by comparing your progress as a beginner with your progress now. When you were a beginner, you felt your improvement every week because you knew very little, but now the change is more gradual.
Finally, consider that different people learn in different ways. Perhaps the classes you are going to or the materials you are using are not the best for you. Investigate all the different ways that people learn languages to try and find the best way for you.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

just superb.

This article is very interesting! But I want to know what types I have, nonetheless:-)

nice discussion . I Like it

Thank you for this comprehensive information on learning styles, which is always one of my favourite topics.

I have found that Dr. Thomas Armstrong’s work on ‘multiple intelligences’ (easy to on Google and on Thomas Armstrong's site) simplifies these terms, as he often names ‘intelligences’ as ‘smart’.

So, a learner that is ‘verbal-linguistically intelligent’ is ‘word smart’, and a ‘logical-mathematically intelligent’ learner is ‘maths smart’, and so on…


Hi there,
I'm new here. I read you guys questions and answers, they are very useful. Thanks!
I studied English a lot in Thailand and also had experience living in abroad but my English wasn't really improved. Moreover, after living in abroad, I have more problem about speaking and spelling. I can speak faster but grammar and structure are more bad than before.
But the most problem for me is I can't remember or fully understand the technique words or the complicated meaning words. How can I deal with these problem?
Thank you

Don't worry too much that your fluency has got ahead of your grammar. So long as you keep trying to improve, your accuracy will catch up in time.
I'm not quite sure I understand your other question. What do you mean by 'technique words'? Do you mean technical words?
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team