Language Challenge 101 – Week Five

by Corey · 3 comments

¡Hola, amigos!

Welcome to week five 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.

Transitions, Transitions

We are still kind of rambling along with our Spanish language learning but it feels exciting and fun.  We aren’t following a regular, systematic ritual to what we are doing but we didn’t feel worried about it at all this week.  It feels like we have a lot of time and right now just want to explore.  And explore is what we are doing!  There are a few things I really want to get started with (like Destinos – see below) but I don’t feel stressed about it.  Just very excited.

There are so many fabulous ways to expose ourselves to Spanish!  Books, DVDs, online YouTube videos, TV stations and so much more.  Who knew that we were surrounded by so much Spanish.  What fun!

Here is this week’s video diary.  We just finished it before I started this post!

Bilingual Fun

As I mention in our video diary, a surprise package arrived in the mail right before we headed out for camping last week!  It was from Jennifer Manriquez and her family from Bilingual Fun.  We were so excited when we opened it and saw DVDs, a Spanish-English dictionary (which we forgot to show in the video diary) and T-shirts!  What a fabulous package of bilingual fun, indeed.  Please view the video diary to see the items (and see below for a 10% discount!).

The kids watched the DVDs right away and when we got back from camping they popped them into the DVD player again to watch them over and over again.  Jennifer and her husband are so sweet as they share the Spanish language with kids.  Songs, sentences, music and more are in these two DVDs.  My kids enjoyed everything about the them as well as the fabulously fun T-shirts (which they wore with great pride during our camping trip).

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1 Karolena August 13, 2010 at 9:30 am

That was a great skit about the idolo de oro! I’m enjoying your posts about Language Challenge 101, and it has definitely inspired me to buckle down and try focusing more on ways to expand my language learning. I’ve been studying my third language through classes offered through a continuing education department at a university, but unfortunately it’s been a year since those have been discontinued for my level of language. I’ve been encouraged by your family’s enthusiasm to keep trying through various other methods such as my own textbooks, DVD’s, CD’s, YouTube, and on-line resources. Thanks!

Also, your Spanish translations for the skits are pretty good. The only thing I would change is the phrase in this third installment when the guards say, “El idolo es ido” – I think it would be better to say “El idolo se fue” or “Se (nos) fue el idolo” which literally means “The idol left (us)” but that’s the phrasing that is used when you lose, misplace or miss something (Se me fue el bus – I missed the bus).


2 Corey August 16, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Thank you for your comment, Karolena, and your translation! We love to have better translations! My hope is that as we learn more, we will be able to incorporate what we learn into the skits. Today the kids were at the sofa doing a puppet show in Spanish – hah! It is amazing when and where the Spanish comes out with them. They are really enjoying it but in their own ways.

I am so delighted that our Language Challenge has been an inspiration for you to stick with your language learning. It makes our language learning even more fun as well to know that others are getting inspired!


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