Language Challenge 101 – Week Five

by Corey · 3 comments

Destinos, Oh How We Love You

My husband and I must be patient people.  How else could we have worked our way through this Destinos ordeal and still be excited about using the products for language learning?  Clearly the producers of Destinos are focused on working with educational institutions and not individuals because they do not make it easy to figure out what is needed to use their program.  Sheesh!

Quite a few of you have said that you would like to get your hands on Destinos products for your own language learning.  ¡Fantástico! ¡Maravilloso! ¡Super!  I’m saying this purely out of a selfish desire to have others along for the Destinos Spanish language learning adventure.  Let’s do it together!

Here is what you need (as far as I can tell):

  1. Videos: These can be viewed free online from the Annenberg Media site.  The French in Action videos are there too (my husband and I did that program many years ago and still have the cassette tapes to prove it).
  2. Textbook: We purchased our textbook down the street at the University of Washington’s U Bookstore in the textbook section.  We wanted to make sure that we were getting what we should be getting.  However, you can purchase these online (which I recommend).  What you want is the “Second Edition of the Alternate Edition.”  There appears to be a few different versions of this program, so watch out.  CLICK HERE to purchase from Amazon (to get exactly what we ordered) and Multilingual Living will receive a small percentage of the transaction.
    As you will see on the Amazon link, our textbook comes with a set of CDs which go together with the textbook (and only the textbook).  Note that the textbook covers all 52 weeks of the Destinos program.  If you want to purchase the book and CDs separately, CLICK HERE to purchase the textbook and CLICK HERE to purchase the CDs.
  3. Workbook: The workbook looks great and I highly recommend that you get it together with the textbook.  This is where much of the work is done.  Note that there are two workbooks – one for the first half of the program and another one for the second half.  My husband I only purchased the workbook for the first half.  We’ll get the second one when we get to the point of needing it.  CLICK HERE to purchase the first workbookCLICK HERE if you’d like to get the second workbook as well.
  4. Workbook CDs: This is where my husband and I hit a big roadblock.  I believe that most students who take a class at an educational institution receive the workbook CDs from their instructor.  Thus, for those of us doing it on our own, we need to purchase these separately from the workbook.  CLICK HERE to purchase the first workbook CDsCLICK HERE to purchase the second workbook CDs.
  5. Online Printouts: While I was looking for free Destinos products, I came across many printouts!  I can not vouch for all of the sites but if you go to Google and search for “Destinos worksheets” you will find many from universities and colleges.
  6. Other Products: There are other Destinos products out there – some are independently created, others are part of the program and add to the learning experience, some are called Destinos but I’m not sure what they are. CLICK HERE to see a full list of Destinos products.  Just make sure that if you are getting products to go with the textbook and workbook above that they correspond to the “Second Edition of the Alternate Edition” textbook and workbooks.
    There appears to be some confusion about a Destinos CD-ROM which Amazon has listed as a CD.  I am not sure what that is all about.  If you follow the links above, you should be able to find everything you are looking for and will be on your way (plus, you will be helping out Multilingual Living)!

If you decide to use Destinos to learn Spanish or to supplement what you already know, contact me and let’s share tips, advice or general inspiration.  I’d love to have others to share in the experience and to help keep one another motivated!  We can even start a category in the Forum once I get that going (it’s on my to-do list!).

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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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