Language Challenge 101 – Week Four

by Corey · 2 comments

Welcome to week four of Multilingual Living’s Language Challenge 101 – learning a language over the course of 101 days. If you missed our first few weeks, just click on the Language Challenge 101 button on the very left of this website page and you’ll find everything we have done so far.

This was one fabulous week for Spanish language learning in the Heller household.  Unfortunately, we don’t have a video diary or Theft of the Golden Idol video to share.  As you read this, we will be hanging out in a campground in the vicinity of Mount Rainier with a bunch of other homeschool families.  Fingers crossed that it won’t rain.  Yes, it has been one of those kinds of summers in the Pacific Northwest.

We got past our frustrating Week Three of Language Challenge 101 and feel that we are back on track again.  I definitely think that week three was as frustrating as it was because my husband and I had an overall sense that we didn’t have a clear goal toward which we were heading. Just taking it as it comes is great but only when there is some sense of direction.

My kids didn’t feel this way.  They have been having a great time, including all through week three.  They take what we give them and go with it – the beauty of learning language as a child!

One of the reasons that Week Four of Language Challenge 101 went well was because we added some new “tools” to our language learning arsenal.  If we get stuck or bored with one approach, we could turn to another and get motivated again.  Always good to have a full set of tools.

The other reason that week four went so well is because I realized something very, very important: the magic of perceived need.

How Can We Make a Language Feel Needed?

This is how Thursdays go in our house now that we started Language Challenge 101:

Me: “So, kids, should we talk about your Theft of the Golden Idol skit and come up with the dialog?”

The kids: “Nah.”

Me: “Hmm, well, if you want me to video tape it then we had better do it today.”

The Kids: “Ummm.”

Me: “Here’s the thing: tonight I will work on a post that will appear on my website tomorrow morning.  If we don’t do the skit today then I won’t be able to have it ready for the post tomorrow and if I don’t have it ready then I won’t be able to include it in the post.  And if we don’t get it done today, then you will have to wait until next week.  It is totally up to you whether you’d like that video to be in the post or not.”

The Kids: “Yea, right, that makes sense.  Yes, we want to do it but you have to help us.”

Me: “No problemo!”

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Geraldine Mac Donald August 9, 2010 at 5:01 am

MUCHAS FELICIDADES COREY! I hadn’t realized all of you were learning Spanish. Que divertido! Keep up the great work. YOU are truly amazing.


2 Corey August 16, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Hola Geraldine! Thank you for your encouragement!! We are having so much fun. I had forgotten how fabulous it is to learn a new language – and to do it with my husband and kids is the greatest! So glad to have your support!


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