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Language plants show words

In Language Garden, nouns are always blue, verbs are always red, adjectives are always green. Also, adverbs, determiners, prepositions and connectives are coloured.

You can see that book is a noun, run is a verb, and tall is an adjective.

Language plants show phrases

Here are two phrases:

a happy boy
a happy girl

This one also shows two phrases:

a beautiful day
a beautiful baby

In a language plant, words branch off from each other. They are like little trees, or plants, made of language

Language plants show sentences

Language plants show sentences

Here are two sentences:

I like cats.
I like dogs.

We can add the word don’t. Now there are four sentences:

I like cats.
I don’t like cats.
I like dogs.
I don’t like dogs.

Do you see how the word don’t goes between I and like?

Language plants show different sentences

We can change the order of words and
phrases in a sentence.

Here are some combinations from the language plant:

I sat in the park with my friends in the afternoon.
I sat with my friends in the park in the afternoon.
I sat in the park in the afternoon with my friends.
In the afternoon, I sat with my friends in the park.
In the afternoon, I sat in the park with my friends.

Do you find it easier to read the language plant or the five linear sentences?

Language plants show word building

We can change the word beauty by adding ful. There is a spelling change too – the y changes to i.


Do you know what ful does? It changes a noun to an adjective. In Language Garden, nouns are blue and adjectives are green. In the language plant, beauty is blue, beautiful is green.

It is really useful to show how to build new words. It increases the number of words a learner knows.

Language plants show spelling

Here is the word monkey
It is very similar in spelling to money.
Actually, monkey is money with a k
squeezed in. The language plant shows

Imagine a monkey with a lot of money.

Language plants work in all languages

What is a big pizza in Italian?

In English, adjectives come before nouns. But in Italian, adjectives come after nouns. Can you see that the green adjectives come after the blue noun? Even if you don’t know what the words mean, when words are colour-coded, you can see the grammar patterns of a language.

una pizza grande
una pizza piccolo

Language plants are everywhere

But are language plants natural? Are language plants a way of looking at language that is not mirrored in reality?

These are very good questions. The answer, in fact, may surprise you.

Language plants are everywhere! Once you start looking, you will find them in everyday conversation, in songs and poems, in stories and speeches.

Tell me and I will forget
Show me and I may remember.
Involve me and I will understand.

See it for yourself!