After 101 days of my family and I learning Spanish as part of Language Challenge 101, we realized that something else needed some immediate attention: German! I have neglected this wonderful language friend of mine for far too long – it is time to reunite on a deep level!
We have been so excited about adding Spanish as a third language into our household. It has been a wonderful experience on so many different levels. However, we also want to make sure that my second language (my children’s second first language) gets the attention it needs. And I can say with conviction that it definitely, absolutely, positively needs some attention!
So, that having been said… it is time for a new challenge! It is time for Language REFRESH 101!
What Is Going On?
As you probably picked up from our final Language Challenge 101 video, we already had this next language adventure in mind as our Language Challenge 101 came to a close. However, I am glad that we decided to take a break for the holidays (and then our unexpected decision for me to quit my software job).
Strengthening a language that we already know very well is a whole different approach to language learning. We can’t start with the introductory, beginner courses and delight with every little word that we learn. We need more advanced materials but ones that are interesting, captivating, and appropriate for both children and adults. That will be the biggest challenge of all for us!
It will also be tough for us to recognize our language improvements from week to week since we won’t be making the same stride as when learning a brand new language. It may feel that we aren’t really getting anywhere. Therefore, it will be important for me to find ways for to stay motivated and inspired (since my level of inspiration helps to keep my children motivated as well).
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