Language Challenge 101 – Week Eleven

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¡Hola, amigos!

Welcome to week eleven 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.

So Sad This Week – Muy, Muy Triste

We were sad this week.  Sniff. Sniff.  Muy, muy triste. It is hard to move on after having had such a fabulous time with such great friends.

But we got over it and moved on to the next stage.  I tell you all about it in this week’s video diary, as well as a special discount for Multilingual Living readers from Heidi at Whistlefritz!  Check it out in the video diary below:

Pimsleur Audio

We got a bunch of Pimsleur audio CDs from the library this past week and started listening to them while doing other things (making dinner, doing the dishes, driving in the car).  They are a great addition to what we are already doing with Destinos, mainly because we can do them on the side when we would otherwise be listening to a music CD.

I don’t think I’d have the patience to just sit and listen to these CDs for very long before I’d want to beat my head against a wall a few times.  They are very useful but also very boring, at least for me.  However, that makes them a perfect accompaniment to doing other tasks which do not require a lot of concentration.

Special Discount for Multilingual Living Readers!

My kids and I really like the Spanish language Whistlefritz DVDs and CDs!  They are total Spanish immersion and a ton of fun!  Heidi, the owner, sent us a few to review for Multilingual Living Magazine a few years ago, and we loved them immediately.  Now that we are learning Spanish, we pulled them out again and incorporated them into our Language Challenge 101 adventure!  Maria, the Spanish speaking host on the DVDs, is fantastic!  She is silly and fun as well as elegant and engaging.  The colors on the DVDs are vibrant and captivating.  I highly recommend both the DVDs and CDs.

I asked Heidi if she could pass on a discount to Multilingual Living readers and she agreed!  I am fairly certain that the discount is 5% off all Whistlefritz products (check with Heidi to make sure until I can verify this).  All you need to do is use the Multilingual Living coupon code: MLL when you check out.  By doing this, Heidi will also give Multilingual Living a small chunk of change.  So it is a win-win across the board.

Language Is Music

Did you see this week’s post from Susanna Zaraysky titled Jukebox Language Learning: Music Can Make You Multilingual?  Check it out and see how you can apply it to your own Language Challenge 101!  I have been putting together some resources based on her article and her great book, Language is Music, to surround my family and me with the music of language.  I’ll let you know what we find and how it works for us!

So Much to Say…

I feel like I have so much more to say and share about our Language Challenge 101 – it is passing so quickly.  I feel a little sad that our Language Challenge 101 is almost over.  I could never have imagined that my family and I would get so excited about Spanish and who could have predicted that my family and I would have bonded as much as we have via language learning.  I know theoretically that this is what can and should happen, but to live it is totally different!  What a fantastic experience so far!

It has also been a joy for me to share my family’s experiences with you via my weekly video diaries!  I have never done these before so it has been a learning process which I have come to really enjoy.  Thank you for joining me for this journey!

I could go on and on about how wonderful this experience has been so far and probably will continue in future posts.  However, as we have a dear friend (an environmental scientist) from Tasmania visiting us tonight and tomorrow, I am eager to chat away the evening with her (I can hear her and my husband engaged in a deep conversation in the living room about how to save the world while I write this!).

So, hasta luego for now!  See you next week!

Corey Heller is the founder of Multilingual Living and the Editor-In-Chief/Publisher of Multilingual Living Magazine. Multilingual Living is the place where she shares her knowledge about raising multilingual and multicultural children. Corey, an American, and her German husband live in Seattle where they raise and homeschool their three children, ages 15, 14 and 12, in German and English.

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