Welcome to week two of Multilingual Living’s Language Challenge 101! How did this week go? Did you stay motivated and find new ways of expanding your language(s)? Did your own Language Challenge 101 get others motivated to join you? Keep spreading the word!
Below is our second video diary. It is short this time – just a few minutes. It is also much better quality than last time. It took over seven takes to get it. The neighbor started mowing her lawn at the beginning of one take, my kids started fighting during another, I messed up something or other in a few others. In any case, I hope you enjoy our final result and I am always appreciative of your feedback!
One thing that has become very clear these last two weeks is that my husband and I need to increase our Spanish language to be able to encourage our children to use it. Learning Spanish is definitely a family journey but as parents we need to take the role of finding fun ways to incorporate it into our day. That is hard to do when we aren’t agile in the language!
Spanish Pronunciation and Vocabulary Around the World
One element that I’m a little confused about is whether to follow pronunciation guides from Spain or Latin America (as these seem tobe the main two “camps”) or both! My husband thinks it is more likely that we will talk with those from Latin and South American, so he is focusing on Latin American Spanish. I assume he is right but I’d still like to learn more in the coming weeks about the differences between the two pronunciations. Does anyone out there have any feedback to share with me about this?
Here are some highlights from our parent Spanish language learning experiences this week:
One of my personal highlights this week was finding the Spanish language learning program Destinos! It is like learning Spanish while watching a mellow telenovela (or at least what I have seen of them). Just my kind of language-learning experience. The best part is that all of the videos are free online as well as corresponding online quizzes. I highly recommend you check this out if you are a visual learner like me. The program also comes with written materials which I am thinking about purchasing.
- Mango Languages
My husband is still using Mango Languages from the library (free) for his Spanish language learning. He finds the online learning experience rewarding and has picked up many conversational sentences. He is pretty sure that he will stick with Mango Languages for now. He has tried out a few more online programs but hasn’t found anything else which would be worth the money.