Welcome to the final week of Multilingual Living’s Language Challenge 101 – we are a bilingual family who is learning a new 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.
Final Video Diary
We filmed our final video diary in our indoor Guatemalan hammock which we purchased in 2002 in Amsterdam. My husband installed extra reinforcement in our walls when he took them down to put in insulation (houses built in 1911 in Seattle didn’t have any insulation – brrrr! Talk about drafty!) and voilà, we are able to enjoy our hammock in our living room year round. We highly recommend it!
In this final video diary I also include a review of a Sing-A-Lingo product that the kids and I have thoroughly enjoyed during our Spanish-language adventure! I really like the thought that was put into this multi-element product – it is geared toward helping families find ways to use Spanish throughout the day.
From My Family to You
Even if you have read each and every Language Challenge 101 post and watched each and every Language Challenge 101 video, you still may not have a clear sense of what, in the end, we recommend for Spanish-language learning as a family. I am not surprised! You came along for the whole crazy, convoluted, disjointed, inconsistent ride. Thank you for sticking with us – I hope you had as much fun as we did, despite the craziness!
However, now that we are done with these 101 days of learning Spanish, what recommendation does my family give in terms of how to go about this in a more systematic manner? If you are curious, then read on…
- Uncertainty Rocks! Despite our ability to now give more precise recommendations, I would like to start by saying that not knowing exactly how you are going to go about learning a language as a family is key in making it a fruitful experience! As soon as you have overarching rules and regulations that feel burdensome, that is when language learning stops. Learning a language under duress is a hopeless venture and I encourage you to not do this to yourself, your spouse or your children. Let yourself be uncertain and work together as a family to keep it fun and spontaneous!
- Remember: It is your level of language learning which will help to keep Spanish going for your children. The more you learn Spanish, the more you can share it with your children!