Welcome to week fourteen 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.
Last Week’s Video Diary Comments
Thank you everyone for watching last week’s Language Challenge 101 video. I had no idea it would spark such a strong response from so many people and for so many different reasons.
Some people wrote thanking me for easing their worries about what they had been hearing about a language window for second language learning that closes at a certain age. Others were upset that I was undercutting the value of children learning a language early, especially when it has been so hard to get the United States on board with early second language learning.
I wanted to do a video diary to discuss these different conversations from this week but I just couldn’t get it completed in time. (We had the opportunity to see the Picasso exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum today as part of a small homeschool tour and, well, how could we pass that up!? The exhibit was fantastic, by the way.)
Please stay tuned, though, as I will make a video diary for next week and I will share some fantastic information that researchers, experts and more shared with me this week about this topic. Thank you everyone for being so passionate about this subject! The discussions have been exciting and engaging.
Notes in Spanish
After my last post, I contacted Ben and Marina at Notes in Spanish to tell them about Language Challenge 101 and that we would love to use their program in our Spanish language learning. I received a response right away and it looks like we are going to make it happen. Woohoo! We are very excited!
It looks like Ben and Marina have three different levels:
- Inspired Beginners Spanish
- Intermediate Spanish
- Advanced Spanish
I told Ben that I think we should start with the Inspired Beginners Spanish and see how that goes. Yes, my family and I have been learning Spanish for three months but I wouldn’t mind starting with beginner level and seeing how it goes. Also, I’m not sure how their program works so it can’t hurt to start at the beginning and get used to it with the easy stuff.
If I understand it correctly, it looks like you can get all of the podcasts for the Inspired Beginners Spanish online and you pay for the worksheets (which I know will be extremely helpful for us. I’ll admit it, I love worksheets!). If you are interested in the podcasts, click here to check them out.
We are extremely excited to use Ben and Marina’s program. Watch some of their videos on their blog and you will quickly realize what a wonderful couple they are and what fun it will be to learn Spanish with them! It means a lot to me to know that the products and programs I am using and utilizing are created by people like Ben and Marina.
That’s all I have this week. But stay tuned next week for my response to last week’s video diary buzz!