Language Challenge 101 – Week Thirteen

by Corey · 2 comments

¡Hola, amigos!

Welcome to week thirteen 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.

Language Learning Does Not End at Age 6!

Watch this week’s video diary where I discuss some misconceptions about age 6 being the end of the window for second language learning.  I read you an important passage from François Grosjean’s book, Bilingual: Myth and Reality which helps to confirm this.

I didn’t mention it in the video diary but I would like to send out a big thank you to Judie Haynes for her discussions with me about this issue and her fantastic list of research.  She is amazing!  Check out her website Everything ESL.

I also share with you what we do with our favorite DVDs and our favorite Spanish books to keep language learning fun and family-oriented this week.  Who knew that the Usborne publisher had so many different Spanish language learning books!  I keep finding more.  Watch the video diary to see our latest find.

I keep thinking that my kids and I should put together a fun Spanish skit and make that our video diary – kind of like the Theft of the Golden Idol skits but with real human beings.  I’ll see if my kids are interested.  Stay tuned!

When a Hiatus is Good

Last week we didn’t really do any Spanish.  Too many new things happening all at the same time.  However, this week the kids, my husband and I were really eager to do some Spanish again. We just couldn’t wait!  It is amazing how wonderful it feels to get back into something after taking a break.

The key, of course, is balancing out breaks with action.  Although we all got back into Spanish with a renewed passion this week (we started by watching the entire first Speekee CD one afternoon, including pausing and practicing together!) I didn’t continue with Destinos.  There is something about having to follow the different steps that annoys me (read text book intro, watch video online, back to text book, then to work book, listen to two different sets of CDs based on prompts in the books, etc.).  I think Mi Vida Loca spoiled me for most other language learning program!


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1 Deborah October 17, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Dear Cory, I was appalled too buy the rude comment regarding Ana Lomba’s book, Ricitos de Oro. It was the comment of an ignorant person, someone who can’t appreciate the variety and breath of the Spanish language and culture. Unfortunately, he or she is not alone. Besides being a bilingual parent, I am a Spanish teacher, and I can’t tell how many times Spanish native speakers come to me to tell me which of all the Spanish is the “better one”. Peruvian and Colombian Spanish are the winners, according to these people, without realizing that there is no better or worse Spanish. All of them are good. Keep on with the good work. I love your website.


2 Corey November 19, 2010 at 11:01 pm

Wasn’t that just the most horrible comment? Gosh, don’t we have enough to worry about (e.g. keeping our languages alive) than to argue about petty accent differences. Sheesh! Ironically, I had a few different conversations where the whole Spanish-language accent issue came up! In terms of my Spanish-language learning, it just so happens that much of the quality free programming is from Spain so I’m learning what I’m hearing – and I’m definitely fine with that. 🙂


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