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, this is amir khan,
it is great from learning all of you. grammar require concentration to learn, and i am trying my level best to concentrate on it.

Hi! I'm an student of english teaching.I  would like to improve my listening skill.. any  suggestion? I'll really appreciate it .

hi adam, i find english very interesting but due to my schooling i couldn't learn the grammer part very properly and now,  i am doing a upper intermidiate spoken english course from british council in new delhi. i feel that i am 7 out of 10 in grammer and really wants to improve it because a silly mistake can make my whole speech worthless. please suggest some tips, books or content to improve it..

Hi Prashant,
I think your teacher would be a better person to ask than me. S/he knows your English strengths and weaknesses a lot better than I do and can offer you specific advice about them.
Also, I don't think you should worry that one mistake can make your "whole speech worthless". The important thing is that you communicate your message.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

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 hey! Hi,
How are you dear friends?
You know guys I have studied English Language for NINE years, but I couldn't speak properly 
Is any one here to tell me? What is the shortcut of learning English like a native speakers.
Thanks you very much from you lovely comments. 

Hi Hasib,
Your English seems great! I don't think there is any shortcut in learning a language, but if you can be more specific about the problems you have with speaking, perhaps someone can suggest some good ways to improve.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

hi, how i can learn english or speak with fluent without any hestation i can understand but some word can't understand as well as how i can improve vocobulary ??????........... have you give some suggestion about it.

Hi Vinayak,
It sounds like you want to improve your fluency and your vocabulary.
They are both big questions, but I'd say that the best way to improve your fluency is simply to practice as much as possible. Try speaking English on your own and with others to see what works better. Also, try having the same conversation more than once, to enable you to focus on the language.
There are many ways to improve your vocabulary and different ways work better for different people. Some people like to learn vocabulary from reading: others to learn it one topic at a time, others have organised systems of flashcards etc. Ask your friends and family for suggestions and try different methods out until you find one that works for you.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team