Are you up for the challenge?
Of course you are!
I hear you! It just isn’t as straightforward as we’d all like it to be, is it?
Many of you are monolingual and would love nothing more than to add a language into your family’s daily life. Some are bilingual but for a number of reasons want to add a third language into the mix. And others have a myriad of reasons: from a general love of language to wanting to learn a spouse’s language.
So many fabulous reasons. So many wonderful languages to learn!
Time to take the leap
How does one go about learning a language with their family? Is it possible? How can we go beyond basic numbers and colors? Is it necessary to spend a ton of money on it?
The truth is, none of us can know until we give it a try. There is no perfect answer for questions like these. It comes down to how much motivation we have, how much support we have, how much time we have to find resources, whether we are creative with our language-learning materials, what our goals are, and so much more.
So, my answer to all of your questions is: Let’s find out together!
What if we make a commitment for 101 days to learn a language together with our families and see what happens? Are you up for the challenge?
Let’s find out how much we can learn, how motivated we can get, and what other fabulous things will happen along this language learning journey!
How about it? Are you with me? Here is your chance!
I have successfully convinced my family to join me for this Language Challenge 101. At first my children and husband were hesitant but now they have jumped on the bandwagon and are getting more and more excited each day. In fact, although it took some initial convincing, my husband has now become our greatest motivator.
How to choose a language
For a number of reasons, we are choosing Spanish as our first language:
- Resources are easy to come by
- We have access to a few Spanish-language channels on our very basic cable TV
- My children have taken some classes in Spanish from another homeschooling mom
- There are others with whom we can use the language
- We have been talking about wanting to learn Spanish for quite a while
My plan is to enter a post a week outlining the successes and failures that we encounter as well as resources that we are using. I’ll try to keep a running journal so that I can share tips, inspiration and motivation. My hope is that your family will join mine and you can share your experiences in the comments section, via Facebook or Twitter. My family and I would love to share this experience with you and yours!
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