Language REFRESH 101: Week Seven

by Corey · 2 comments

Can you believe that we are already at week seven? Time flies when it comes to language learning (while doing laundry and cleaning the house and making dinner). As you saw, we shook things up a bit these past few weeks with two great posts from Melissa Dedina on how to strengthen a second language. What did you think of those tips?

I really appreciated her point about children’s books. For families out there who are doing Language Refresh 101 together with your children, there is nothing more demoralizing than to pull out a children’s book to read out loud and to not recognize many of the words. Melissa was totally right about the fact that many of those words are ones that we will never use in our everyday lives! What a relief to remember that!

We will have more posts from Melissa in the coming weeks, so keep checking back here. If you missed her first two posts, you can find them here:


I’m Feeling Demoralized…
In today’s video you will find out why I am feeling so very demoralized this week:


Progress, What Progress!?
As I said at the beginning of Language Refresh 101, the most difficult part of this whole thing was going to be maintaining motivation and inspiration. As predicted, I haven’t had much of that these past few weeks.

I feel like I am getting nowhere, just around and around in circles. I have asked my husband to be brutal in correcting my German language mistakes and I am so thankful that he does. He is patient and corrects me very calmly and lovingly. However, I’m finding that he is having to correct the same mistakes over and over and over again. I am definitely feel like no progress at all is being made.

Rather than throwing in the towel, I am going to try changing my tactic. Perhaps my approach is the problem? Maybe I am focusing on the wrong things?

As I mention in Bilingual Children with One Hour of Language a Day, it is important that we keep pushing ourselves with at least a few new things every day, not just repeating the same things we already know. This is the only way to make progress.

I think what I need to do is to identify my key areas of difficulty and to target those head-on. If I can make improvements in those areas, then I will feel that I am making some real progress.

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1 Bob April 15, 2011 at 6:24 pm

My Mom and I want to learn German for our heritage. My Grandmother was not taught because it was not good in the 1920’s to speak something else. I am going to get some material for her for Mother’s Day.

This is on top of French for my kids and Japanese for myself. I feel like a tour guide repeating everything in several languages. 🙂


2 Sandy Maberly April 15, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I enjoy listening to Rocket German, an online source for “mini” conversations covering common everyday topics. Plus, the presenters are fun to listen to and the conversations are easy to memorize!


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