Monty's Algae

ALG (Automatic Language Growth) and Monty’s Algae

ALG (automatic language growth) sounds like ‘algae’, which an informal term for a large and diverse group of photosynthetic eukaryotic organisms. There are something similar between them.

In The 100, Monty’s algae plays some roles in different seasons. In season 6, Monty’s algae were used to breeding people in out space and repairing hydrofarm in bunker. Monty’s algae put people into a coma before they were modified into food and fertilizer. John Murphy and Octavia were victims of toxic of Monty’s algae. In season 7, Jordan Green presents Abby with algae that Monty had cultivated for her to use as an anesthetic to save Marcus Kane’s life.

The largest and most complex marine algae are called seaweeds, and they are an important source of food, especially in Asia, leading some to label them as superfoods. They provide many vitamins including: A, B1, B2, B6, niacin, and C, and are rich in iodine, potassium, iron, magnesium, and calcium. We consume algae without knowing their nutrition.

Learning a new language in a ALG way can be compared to consuming algae. Algae grow fast, and some can double in size in 24 hours. It grows if the environment have all the nutrients need. In learning a new language, parents and teachers provides non-linguistic and linguistic inputs for their children and students. There is no textbook or test to guide what to learn. There is no practice and training for what to speak too. Both input providers and input receivers are naturally and free to interact in their own way. Language learners have the capacity to learn unlimited inputs, just like how algae grow.

Textbook, test, training, and practice serve specific purpose just like Monty’s algae. They have clear goal and path, which students and learners feel that something are learned. Monty’s algae are used to serve different purpose based on their strains: toxic, edible, and medicinal strains. Some people see Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK), translated as the Chinese Proficiency Test,is a way to prove they know this language, and they learn Chinese and prepare for this test. Some people are interested in Chinese history and culture, and they learn Chinese through drama series. Setting the goal to target, you chose the best way to follow.

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