Language Challenge 101 – Week Ten

by Corey · 4 comments

¡Hola, amigos!

Welcome to week ten 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.

The Video Diary

No video diary this week.  Sorry!  As many of you know, I work 30 hours a week for a software company doing Software Quality Assurance on language databases.  Interesting work and it helps to pay the bills.  This week and next week I am on vacation – woohoo!  And even though we are doing a “stay-cation” this year (not heading out of town), I am still trying to make the most of my time off.  Thus, no video diary.

The truth is, I really enjoy doing the video diary.  The kids and I have a great time.  But there is something about being on vacation that changes the whole feel of things and the thought of finding the camera, getting it on the stand, calling the kids over, thinking about what to say, downloading it from the camera, uploading it to YouTube…. etc…. it just all seemed like too much in the middle of my vacation euphoria.

So maybe next week.

But if you would like to see my previous video diaries, just go to the Multilingual Living YouTube site and you will find them all there together with the Theft of the Golden Idol videos.  Thank you so much for your feedback to the videos.  I’m thinking that after Language Challenge 101 is over I might just do a weekly video diary letting everyone know what we did in terms of multilingualism.  Would that be of interest?

Adios Mi Vida Loca

¡Hasta luego Merche!  ¡Adios Raul!  ¡Gracias Esther!  It was an exciting and thrilling adventure that I will forever remember.  I will miss all of you you, Mi Vida Loca amigos.

And now I am going to throw myself on the bed and cry… It is all over.

We finished Mi Vida Loca earlier this week.  We haven’t done the final quiz yet but we will after we have finished practicing the 8 billion, er, few hundred vocabulary words that might be in the quiz.  I will admit that I’m skipping over some words that I just know I will never use in a million years.  I mean, honestly, let’s just be realistic – some of those words will never be needed, ever.  At least not by me.

I want to take this moment to say that I hope the world will see what the BBC did with Mi Vida Loca and will follow this method for future language learning programs.  It is fun, interesting, addictive and provides just enough grammar to keep us wanting more.  The combination of narrator, video with practice along the way, review and quizzes at the end of each episode, interesting storyline – whoever came up with this is a genius!  I honestly wonder why other companies haven’t done something like this before!  Or are there others out there that I haven’t seen yet?  Maybe they just cost too much?

Hola Destinos

This week I moved back to Destinos.  I left Merche behind me, *sniff* *sniff* and I moved onto La Gavia, don Fernando who has a secret, “un secreto importante… El secreto está en una carta importante.”  It isn’t as sexy and intriguing as Mi Vida Loca but that’s ok – I’m still excited to get some dirt under my nails doing Destinos.  Bring it on!

I’m in the middle of Episodio 2 and making my way along very slowly.  I definitely don’t want to overdo it like before!  What Mi Vida Loca had in terms of ease of use (everything right there at your fingertips) Destinos has spread across videos, text book, work book and two different audio sets.  However, the added repetition in Destinos via video, audio and written materials is extremely helpful.

I’ll let everyone know how it goes in the next few video diaries.


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Susan September 17, 2010 at 7:28 am

My kids are addicted to Merche, too! They always ask to watch “the spanish video” and have never done that before. It is a brilliant concept.

Remembering to speak in Spanish is the key for me. Sometimes I start speaking in English and realize, “Hey, why am I not speaking in Spanish?” So I’ll repeat everything I just said, then continue on with the Spanish. It’s okay to forget, as long as I pick it back up and don’t just keep speaking in English. They’ll never learn Spanish if I’m not speaking it to them.

It’s a constant struggle, as long as we are surrounded by English, but it’s worth it in the end. I’ve noticed a huge improvement with my children since we’ve been making it more of a priority beginning this summer.


2 Corey September 19, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Thank you for this great comment, Susan. You are so right about how hard it is to remember to speak a specific language. But it will come in time and soon you won’t have to remind yourself (like learning how to drive a car). I am so delighted to hear that you have been giving it more priority this summer. I feel that summer is a great time to focus on language – there aren’t the same school and homework constraints. Please let us know how things progress – especially if you start using Spanish more automatically as the time passes!

We just finished Mi Vida Loca and are moving onto Destinos again. I do like the fact that Destinos has some written and audio things for me to do but the kids aren’t as interested in that (which is understandable). Let me know if you find more captivating things of interest for Spanish like Mi Vida Loca. Better yet, post them in the Multilingual Living Forum ( that everyone can benefit! I get very excited when people post suggestions there!


3 marja October 15, 2013 at 5:44 am

is there something like Mi vida loca made byanother company or MI vida loca 2? because i have done it like 3 times each episode


4 Corey October 16, 2013 at 7:10 pm

I don’t know of anything else like it. Let me know if you find one! I’d be delighted to try it out!!


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