• 6th February, 2013

Language heroes save the day!

What the..?!


Do these symbols look familiar? Where do you think you’d find something like this?

We’ll give you a little time to think. Ten seconds should be enough: 10… 9… 8… 7… 6… 5… 4… 3…

Yes! You got it! You’ve probably seen these little symbols in the speech bubble coming out of the mouth of a comic book villain just as he’s getting really angry. It’s an international symbol of bad language and it originates from comics.

According to various professors and teaching experts, comics are a lot more than just a little light reading to pass the time: comics can help us to learn too!


  • Comics are fun, inspiring, motivating, and above all, easy to read;
  • A picture paints a thousand words;
  • Readers happily lose themselves in a world of wonder and excitement.

From the point of view of the teacher, comic books can be compared to a good video, but with the added bonus of text.
This does mean students are required to pay a little more attention, but it’s a fantastic way to see vocabulary and grammar used in an enthralling and thrilling context.
In no time at all they join in the good guy’s pursuit to save the day and completely forget they are in fact learning!

We may have mentioned, once or twice, that at Lingualia we believe motivation is a major part of the language learning puzzle and without it, you won’t fulfil your objectives.

Thanks to the great wealth of modern technologies available to us, comic books don’t just come in paper format any more; there are more and more readers preferring the online variety and downloading comics and apps to their smartphones and tablets.

There are a handful of pioneering languages which have been making the most of comic books as a language learning tool for a long, long time now. Japanese, of course!

 Lingualia's comic

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