Language Challenge 101 – Final Week

by Corey · 1 comment

Phase Three: Maintenance Mode

So you have done much of the above but now you need to figure out how to keep Spanish language going.  All of the above can be used for increasing vocabulary.  It will take you many weeks to get through most of the programs listed above and if you make it, then your Spanish will be going very well.

Once you feel that it is time to take yet another step, then this is what we recommend…

  • Notes in Spanish: This is a fantastic Spanish language program for adults.  Actually, to call it a “program” is to do it a disservice.  It is so much more than that!  The multilingual husband and wife team, Ben and Marina, provide audio and printed material to keep your Spanish going.  You can listen to their audio online (as well as videos in their blog section) but you have to pay to receive the printed material.  It is totally worth it!  I have reached lesson 4 now in their Inspired Beginners lessons and I love it!  Ben and Marina are a riot to listen to and they give someone like me just what I want: some real, life discussions using vocabulary geared to my language level.  The best part is that it doesn’t stop with beginner level, so you can keep moving up one lesson after another, all the way to advanced level.
    • Activity: Aim to do one lesson a week, two at the most.  The dialogs are packed with great real-life vocabulary and it is really worth it to really get familiar with the sentences and vocabulary before moving on.  Plan on sticking with this program for a good, long time.
  • Spanish language DVDs, Telenovelas, etc. It is now time to start watching and listening to the real deal.  I have been able to find a bunch of telenovelas online – just do some google searches and ask around for which people recommend.  If you have access to cable or satellite TV, it is possible that you have access to Univision or V-Me.  I tend to not find Univision programming to my taste, but V-me has been fantastic for us – kid programming, telenovelas, news, and more all in Spanish!
    • Activity: Don’t let yourself get discouraged!  Watch what interests you and don’t worry about the vocabulary and sentences that you don’t understand.  Let yourself be immersed in the language.  If you can find a telenovela or a program that really interests you, you will be amazed at how much more you will learn simply because you will want to know what is going on.  And each time you watch a program, you will pick up just that bit more.

Well, that’s it folks.  I’m sure there is more that I’d like to say and more programs that I’d like to recommend but I am going to stop here.  This post is already too long.

Stay tuned for where things are going to go now! Spanish-language learning is not over for us, no way!  This has just started.  However, there is another language that I find is needing some of my attention and it is essential that I keep it strong and alive.  So, my kids and I are going to embark on a new series here on Multilingual Living.  Stay tuned!!

Remember that you can find all of our Language Challenge 101 posts HERE and all of our Language Challenge 101 videos HERE!  Thank you for joining us for this language learning adventure!

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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