Language REFRESH 101: Week One

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It is amazing how different German was for me this week! Every time we did something in German (watched a DVD, listened to a CD, read a book out loud or silently, did homeschooling), it felt purposeful in a whole, new, wonderful way. It felt like each time we used German, we were strengthening our family’s foundation in a very fundamental, essential way.

As you will see in the video below, there is one resource in particular that I simply must start using. I don’t want to, necessarily, but I know that it will really, truly, honestly help me move ahead in my German skills. Watch the video and let me know if you have your own dreaded, yet necessary, resource ready. Go for it!

German Spelling Reform
The one thing I haven’t thought about is that most of my resources are older ones, created before the German spelling reform! As I haven’t done much writing in German, I haven’t kept up on the specifics. I am not sure of how much this might be an issue. It would be a bummer to have to purchase all new books and other resources simply because of this.

Maybe I will use this as a good excuse to check words online to make sure that they haven’t changed their spelling. For the words that have changed, I will make an effort to update them in my books and flash cards. I guess that it could end up being fun? Right?

Deutsche Welle – Jojo sucht das Glück
While learning Spanish during our Language Challenge 101 adventure, the kids and I started watching the weekly episodes of Deutsche Welle’s “Jojo sucht das Glück.” It isn’t made for kids but we all enjoyed it anyway. In fact, my children were the ones who reminded me each Thursday to turn on the next episode!

The series is now over (33 episodes in all) and the telenovela is a bit silly but all in all it is a fun way to engage in short bursts of German. This week the kids and I are planning on checking out the downloadable materials that go with each episode in the series.

If you check it out, let me know what you think!

BBC German Language Learning
After learning Spanish with the fantastic BBC program, Mi Vida Loca, I headed over to the BBC language site to see what I could find for German. There is a BBC German-language program but it looks like it is mainly for beginning German.

The Deutsch Plus might be an option but I’m not sure. The key will be whether it is interesting and captivating or not.


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