Language Challenge 180: Week 1 Check-In

by Corey · 62 comments

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Congratulations! You made it through Activity 1Activity 2 and even Activity 3! That wasn’t so hard, was it? Things only get more fun now. I promise!

Do you have a good idea of how you are going to spend the rest of Language Challenge 180? If not, today is the day to head over to your target language page(s) and ask for some advice right away! Look at the comments that have been left by others and/or ask for help in the comment section of your target language(s) page(s)! Next Monday language learning moves into full swing, so you will want to be ready!


Every Friday you will receive an email prompting you to check in and pointing you to the next giveaway. The “check-in activity” will be different each week, so make sure to read it! The idea is to stir things up a bit and make checking in a fun and productive part of your family’s language learning adventure.

Note: You can only enter the weekly giveaways if you are signed up for Language Challenge 180 and have completed that week’s check-in.

Today’s Check-In Activity

  • Check-In Activity: In the comment section below, please tell us something interesting, annoying, fascinating, funny, frustrating, silly, exciting or strange about your and/or your child’s first week of Language Challenge 180. You can use any language you want to check in (including the language you are learning).
  •  Giveaway: After you leave a comment below, head over to today’s giveaway and enter! You are now qualified!


FORUM: Thanks to a great request, we have created a section in the Multilingual Living Forum (scroll to the bottom) specifically for Language Challenge 180 conversations, discussions and chats! You do NOT have to log in to post there! We encourage you to ask questions, share information and encourage one another there. Plus, you can click on the Language Challenge 180 RSS Feed button to receive all Language Challenge 180 posts when they arrive in the Forum. Enjoy!

Keep an eye out for your next email which will arrive on Monday!

1 Ebru Tuna-Nichols March 9, 2012 at 2:58 am

While checking out one of the websites which was recommended by another 180 day challenge participant, I got really excited as they had the types of book I wanted to have for my children but soon I got disappointed as they would not post to overseas.

Same day, when I was clearing my older son’s bookshelf (everything was jumbled up, all turkish and english books mixed up, his school works, etc.), what did I found ?? The books which I saw on the website ! My parents must have brought them last year and with the excitement of too many new stuff, they were just left under another huge pile of books.

Now the books are sitting on our dining table, and every day after dinner (and play time), to initiate the start of the ” quiet time”, I ask my children each to choose a book from that pile for me to read it to them. It has been working great so far !

2 Maria Iskenderoglu March 9, 2012 at 3:04 am

This week my 6 year old daughter threw a tantrum when it came time for her check points (2-3 questions that check her learning for each lesson). I ended up reading her the questions while she did gymnastics on the floor. It worked, although, certainly not my choice of methods. I”m looking forward to warmer weather so we can study outside again and get out of the house.
I’ve been more or less learning Turkish for a long time and I have not kept up with the current web sites. I checked the ones that my fellow Turkish learners posted and found some fantastic ones. I have dived in and am working on some pages. What is frustrating is that I live in Turkey and don’t speak much Turkish. I can go to the store and doctor’s office on my own, but other things get really frustrating. I spend so much of my day speaking English for students and then for my daughter. It is nice to have a plan to review what I do know and extend my explorations in new areas.
Another frustrating thing is that I have tried to implement a Turkish speaking day at home during the weekend but my Turkish husband never seems to be supportive of it. With a signed sheet displayed on the door to go outside, he can remember more easily and who knows where our conversations will go now!
Thank you Language Challenge 180 and all my fellow learners!

3 Linda M March 9, 2012 at 3:06 am

It’s been a good first week for us, even if I still haven’t filled out all the forms. The best thing that happened this week was that Ben let me read two of our bilingual (Spanish/English) fairytale books to him. In addition he wanted to play our “donde esta” game, where I ask where certain items are in the kids’ First 1000 words in Spanish. 🙂 The thing that frustrated me this week was that Christi wanted to know if there existed any Spanish language teen magazines she might read. I found two different ones in Spain, and bothir March issues had Christi’s favourite band on the front, but I have no idea how to get them. 😛 So if there are any Spaniards or other nationals living in Spain on this board that would be willing to pop to the shops for me I would be eternally grateful 🙂 I would obviously pay you through PayPal 😉

4 Maria Jesus March 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Hi Linda,

I live in Spain. Tell me which magazines you are interested in and I’ll try to get them for you. Here you are my e-mail:


5 Mikayla March 12, 2012 at 7:59 am

You might check out ‘People en espanol’. It’s easy to subscribe in the US and very reasonably priced.

6 Jeanne March 13, 2012 at 8:21 am

I recommend People En Espanol too! I enjoy reading it and so do my daughters who don’t even speak Spanish! it’s inexpensive too!

7 Mary Kay March 9, 2012 at 3:48 am

I took out the one book in Bambara we have and placed it in the livingroom. Sabou found it the other night and immediately asked me to read it to her. “Mommy, Book.” I would read a word at a time and she would repeat. It was so cute. She’s already getting into the swing of LC 180. 🙂

One thing I’ve noticed, is that she is now using “owo” (yes) and “ayi” (no) more frequently, although, she seems to be confusing Ayi (no) with Aqui (here in Spanish). So, when she wants to show me where something is she says, “Mommy, Ayi! Ayi!” while pointing at where the item is.

Learning three languages at the same time can be entertaining for sure.

8 Justine Ickes March 9, 2012 at 4:40 am

How wonderful that those books “magically” appeared, Ebru. It reminds of that saying, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear”. I too have a pile of books for our kids to choose from nd this week, they actually did! The books have been there for a long time so I was really pleased that my kids finally took an interest in them. Maria I., I have had a difficult time even getting my husband to speak Turkish at home, never mind instituting a whole day of Turkish at home. It will take lots of patience and determination to get over this hump, I think. I still need to finish up the LanguageChallenge180 worksheets for this week. And track down another language resource – a kids magazine in Turkish – that I ordered a while ago and that still hasn’t arrived. As far as my own learning goes, we had a Turkish friend visiting this week and I was pleased to see that I could understand the gist of the dinner conversation between our friend and my husband. Now if I could just get the courage to jump into the conversation.

9 Francesca March 9, 2012 at 5:00 am

This multilingual challenge is helping me in going on in my attempt to grow a bilingual child and to improve my english! In this week I have:
1) checked out the websites suggested in the language-page
2) listened to the first 6 chapters of Robinsoe Crusoe audiobook on
3) bought 3 english grammar books in the women’s day (there was a discount in my library)
4) decided to learn another language next year (probably german) if my english will get better in 2012!

Have a nice weekend, see you on monday 🙂

10 Anna Puryear March 9, 2012 at 5:09 am

I am having a difficult time getting my oldest daughter excited about working on Spanish for the next 180 days. Since both my husband and I work full time it has been difficult to remember to focus on this. We are heading into Spring Break and I plan to make a good plan for our language learning at home!

11 Jennifer March 13, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Let’s plan some activities together! Maybe the girls will be more excited if they can work on them together. Also using Spring Break to plan!

12 Amy March 9, 2012 at 5:26 am

I’m leaving my kids alone for this challenge (I am proud to say they are trilingual), but I am working on Lebanese-Arabic. I have found some online resources, but have not yet found someone to hire as a private tutor, and I think it will be hard to learn without one, as there aren’t that many resources specific to Lebanese out there. But there is a good-sized population of people of Lebanese descent where I live, and I think it’s just a matter of time before I find someone’s grandma or great-aunt who might be willing to become a conversation partner! In the meantime, I am plodding along with the little course I bought online.

13 Dianne March 9, 2012 at 5:44 am

I am very excited about our first week and how easy my kids and I are learning a couple of phrases, colors, numbers, etc. in Spanish. Just taking a couple of minutes a day to learn them and then using them through out the day is going so well!! I am so glad to be a part of this program and having such great support and encouragement!

14 Liz A March 9, 2012 at 6:16 am

Week one : Filling out the questionnaires was a little bit frustrating for me: our participation to the challenge is for our children Lolo 2 and ½ and Nena 5 months…. So the sections about reading and writing stayed very empty (I don’t like empty spaces, feels like not answering a question on your exam because you don’t know the answer…).
But never mind because on the other hand this week has been very productive, surely due to the LC180-emails which remind me continually to have a special eye (special ear) for language improvement. Lolo’s English vocabulary really improved this week and strangely his French vocab too. This week I especially focused on correcting my son and saying the English word every time he tells me the word in French. I realise also that I have tried (even more than usual) to get him to call the « things » (« ça ») by their names…

Yesteday Lolo sat down next to his sister on the paying mat with his books and he kept showing Nena all the pages and naming everything (how cute !!!). It was the first time I really heard him use more English words than French even if the phrases are mostly in French « Look Nena c’est bird ça » (->Look that’s the bird).

Last but not least I have also realised something which surprised me, it’s logical but I haden’t expected it, my English improved a lot too !!!!

PS. We’re a Belgian Family, Mum speaking 100% English, Dad & rest of the world 100% French

15 Sabrina March 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Hey Liz! I’m from Belgium too and really would like to get to know you, as we seem to have the same “parcours” (still have gaps in my English vocab)… I have 2 children, Leo, 2 years and 3 months, and Mila, 1 month. I speak 100% English with them, and dad speaks 100% French. If you’re ok to chat, just let me know ! 🙂

16 Cynthia H March 9, 2012 at 6:47 am

To jump start our language learning I brought some of our Italian music cds out to the car and listened for 15 minutes as we drove on some errands. When I turned it off, my 8 year old son said, “No Mom! I want to keep listening to that! Why don’t you play that in the car all the time?”

17 Emma March 9, 2012 at 6:59 am

Starting the 180 challenge has has been great for inspiring me to speak much more German with my child and increase the pace of my Gaelic learning. We generally sign with a mix of BSL (British Sign Language) and Makaton. I’ve heard that signing can reinforce language learning and wonder if anyone has heard of any research or experience that signing reinforces second/third etc language learning or multilingual living? I currently have access to academic journals so could look things up – I’ve not found anything myself. I’ll be off to post on the ASL bit just to see what that language learner says…

18 Dimitra March 9, 2012 at 7:13 am

I took some Greek/English books out from the library for my 4yr old. I was excited to start reading to her when I realised it would be in the Greek alphabet (Im used to writing to my cousins in Greek with English alphabet). I can read the Greek alphabet a little so I attempted reading some bits were simple and others I had no idea. Lucky that it was translated in English so I could carry on the story lol. My daughter had no Idea I was having trouble and sat through my reading listening intentively and wants me to read her stories in Greek all the time.
I took up this challenge to teach my daughter to speak more Greek as I know it quite well, but now Im also improving on my Greek reading at the same time bonus (“,)

19 Crystal Farmer March 9, 2012 at 7:20 am

I’m interested in seeing how this challenge will go for me and my daughter. My Russian skills are rusty and I haven’t found any resources I’m excited about using!

20 Heather March 9, 2012 at 7:40 am

After watching Speakee TV a couple of times, my two children have been singing “Hablo español, hablo español” non-stop and everywhere. I’m thrilled for their excitement, but it did get a bit annoying after day 2,3,4,etc. I hope their enthusiasm continues!

21 JenneferJ March 9, 2012 at 7:53 am

I am working on learning Japanese. It has been an interesting week. I like Lingq. I am slowly understanding more of the vocabulary. My kids are now used to seeing Mom doing her Lingq cards over breakfast. Sometimes they even know the answers.

22 Dominick March 9, 2012 at 7:56 am

A few neat things happened this week. I discovered a couple new blogs on particular language resources that I am now following, my wife came home from thrift store shopping with a rather thick Winnie L’Orso (Winnie the Poo) book she found for our son, and at work they gave me some Spanish speaking clients to work with, the perfect aid to my Spanish languages goals.

23 Maria Rita Castaldi March 9, 2012 at 8:04 am

It’s terribly embarassing: now, when I practise Serbo-croat, I say Turkish words! But I’m happy, because my Judeo-spanish texts are already becoming clearer.

24 Lilliana Gonzalez March 9, 2012 at 8:27 am

Our situation is a little different. I consider myself a native speaker of Spanish (even though I was born and raised in the US) because it was my first language and I speak, read and write it as fluent as I do English so my focus is teaching my daughters Spanish (hoping to achieve my same level of fluency with them). My oldest is 4 and the baby is 7 months. I speak to them in Spanish ALL the time but we are not doing OPOL instead both my husband and I speak both English and Spanish to both of them. That said my 4 yr old is ADVANCED in the listening comprehension but only a beginner in the speaking/conversation. This week the challenge has helped us really focus on improving her speaking skills and we have had her repeat or answer us more in Spanish… doing our best to help her form sentences through thought and not just repetition. I’m scouring the site for any resources or suggestions that might help us with our situation and LOVING the extra conscious thought and commitment participating creates for me. Thanks for doing this.

25 Amanda March 9, 2012 at 8:32 am

I am surprised at the amount of language learning resources that I have collected and made over the years and am excitied to make better use of them over the next several months. My 2 year old is now requesting the “goosya” book, his name for a Russian song book, every day before nap and singing along with me. YIPEE!

26 Karolena March 9, 2012 at 8:47 am

I was glad to see an order I had placed come very quickly – a new bilingual Arabic/English children’s book and a set of nursery rhymes on CD and also on colorfully illustrated board books. I share these with my son (almost 1 yr old), but they are mostly for me. I have been listening to the nursery rhymes a lot, and I recognized one of them as being on another CD I had. That was neat, to hear the same words again, but a little clearer and with just a little different rhythm. I also find myself recalling the pictures from the board books when I listen to the music so I recognize more words, being able to think about what that rhyme is about.

27 Rashauna H March 9, 2012 at 9:08 am

Being a person who loves to learn, I’m so excited about this opportunity! For this language challenge Spanish is the target language for our daughter who is 21 months and will be for our little one coming in April. My husband, who has had no interest actively learning a foreign language, decided this morning that he thinks the family should learn Irish! It’s a little frustrating considering that I know I’ll still have to be the one to facilitate language learning for all of the languages. At the end of the day…at least he has a desire to learn. Now to find resources!

28 Natalie March 9, 2012 at 9:53 am

I started reading in german to my children every day and we also do a short video lesson to introduce new words for them to practice. So far they are really enjoying it and even my 3 yo is really picking up a lot, although he doesn’t always want to do lessons… 🙂
I have also checked some of the resources others posted and have ordered more books and Dvds in german & the kids can’t wait for them to arrive…

29 Ely March 9, 2012 at 10:27 am

Still working on trying to get my fiance to join me in this, but it’s hard for him to make the time. We’ll see how well he does as the days go by. A little at a time is better than nothing. I look forward to seeing how much we can learn together. My hope is to be able have a bilingual household when we have kids.

30 Bridgette C March 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I am so excited to have my husband on board to start learning Spanish while I begin teaching it to our young son (4 months). I’ve also been thinking the last week that I want to use this language challenge to brush up on my French. I studied French for 3 yrs in high school but haven’t spoken it since. So after reading the article from Facebook about learning language by reading kids book in the target language for 15min a day, I proposed the idea to my husband and he is totally on board with learning French with me too.

Then to top of the week, we have started planning our next trip to Costa Rica to see my family and friends. This will be my husbands first trip there. Yay!

31 Terra March 9, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I’m happy to report that even though illness slowed us down, we managed to check out books in our target language from the library and even found some time to start reading them. Slowly but surely, i’m remembering to add more Spanish into our daily conversatio. A good firstbweek.

32 Simon March 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Initially, my 6yo didn’t want to learn Spanish with my sister and I (we are doing 180 together as absolute beginners). However, after a couple of days he decided he wants to be involved too. I checked out Muzzy, which my sister and I loved as kids, and he loves it too! We are having fun, trying to do at least a little every day, and not taking ourselves too seriously.

33 Karen March 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Read a book about tigres to my younger son who actually caught on more than I expected. (He LOVES tigers.) Then we talked about who has a tail and who does not using the verb tener (his brother, the cats, his dad, his grandparents’ dogs, etc.). We also brought out the measuring tape and just saw how large some of the tigers really are!

34 Ron Jiminez March 9, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I have a food-based language story (the best kind!). There is a Turkish dish called İmam bayıldı, (The Imam Fainted). It is made from tender baby eggplants, zucchini and other fresh vegetables. The story goes that the Imam’s wife invented the dish for her husband. The first time he tasted it he found it so delicious he fainted!

In Turkish when you want to say “I loved it” (whatever ‘it’ is) you say “Bayıldım” (literally “I fainted”).

Ain’t Turkish cool?


35 Maria Jesus March 9, 2012 at 1:11 pm

This first week I began reading in English 15 min a day with my daughter. It has been very nice and she loves it. We found a special place for us, very comfortable, and it’s becoming a habit, which is fine. But sometimes she asks me to read her a book in our own language and not in our target language. Let’s see how we go on!!
Have a good weekend!!

36 Kristiana March 9, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Since my 4 girls are busy learning French at school anyway, I am concentrating these 180 days on getting my husband up to scratch with the rest of the family. Plus I’m trying to use more French at home. I’m enjoying it immensely however my girls are still very reluctant to speak French at home because it feels a lot like homework. I am hoping that I can spread my live of the language as well as my knowledge. Thanks for this great adventure giving me an excellent excuse to focus on French this year!

37 Katina March 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm

I am really excited to focus a little bit everyday in teaching my 6 year old and 10 month old Spanish. I love the resources and I have found that doing a little everyday really does help. I have several friends learning Spanish so I hve an opportunity to get the kids to help the adults learn. It is great.

38 Eve Bodeux March 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm

After I posted in the French section of the challenge, I signed up to get any future postings. I have enjoyed keeping up with the postings and benefiting from all the great ideas that fellow LC180’ers have shared about resources. Thanks!

39 Christel Broady March 9, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Since beginning the challenge, we made a bigger effort to read German youth literature each day. My 5th grade bilingual daughter noticed that she feels really challenged by picking up the colloquial youth language in the current literature for German native speakers. She has less problems with academic language, though. The cultural aspect of “cool” words is very different in my use to what kids in Germany use today. So, here it is: Make sure to expose kids to contemporary literature written for kids of the same age so that our children do not just acquire traditional culture but that they can also relate to their peers in the native language community! Auf Wiedersehen

40 Tyeisha March 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Week 1: Spanish – As a family we read Animals Are Unique Just Like You (Los Animales Son Unicos Como Tu). It is a free bilingual book courtesy of the Read Conmigo program.

Italian – I finished a lesson on BBC Italian.

41 Tim dugan March 9, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Checking out different audio options for learning mandarin, if anyone has new ideas I want to know

42 Monika March 9, 2012 at 5:43 pm

I’m excited that even this soon into LC180, the language (Italian) is coming to me more quickly, and I can say more things off the top of my head, without having think so hard all the time! 🙂

43 jen March 9, 2012 at 7:40 pm

My child is in a dual language program (English/Spanish), so I want to use Spanish more in the family setting during the challenge. When she was an infant and toddler, I was very motivated and did so much to have Spanish in her life. But when baby #2 came along, I put Spanish on the back burner. With this challenge, I realized that I want to get better at Spanish myself, and also be an example to my kids. Unfortunately, my husband is no help. Whenever I discuss using more Spanish or getting better at it (and I know way more than he does), he just goes on a tangent about how he would like to learn German. What? So, I came to the conclusion that this falls on me. I’ve been mulling for a long time about what is the best way to speak Spanish when it is not my native language. I’ve heard how some families have one parent speak one language only, and the other speak another language. But that is not realistic, nor do I want to give up on my relationship in communicating in my native language with the children. I had thought about having “Spanish day” or “Spanish hour” but I was inconsistent and my kids didn’t like it. Finally (!) it dawned on me that I should declare Mondays and Wednesdays as Spanish days because that is the pattern that is followed at my daughter’s school. It was a natural extension of her Spanish learning, but I do not know why it took me over a year to figure it out. So I’ve been trying that. But I really need to work on verb conjugations and expanding my vocabulary. I have little time, too, because I’m full-time parent during the day and work 1/2 time job five nights a week. That’s it for me so far!

44 jen March 9, 2012 at 7:41 pm

P.S. Found a good site for listening to radio in other languages from around the world:

45 Emma March 11, 2012 at 5:30 am

Loving the radio station link, thanks Jen!

46 Sarolta March 9, 2012 at 7:49 pm

I have found that with a preschooler, singing and dancing works the best. We will find and online radio station that he likes to help with that.

47 Amy Van Vranken March 10, 2012 at 9:27 am

My 14-year-old daughter and I attended a presentation on astrophysics in French at our local Alliance Francaise. She understood and loved all of it and I caught about 80%! I was thrilled to understand so much!

48 Irene March 10, 2012 at 10:24 am

My little girl, 3 years old, speaks Italian with me (native), English with her dad (Irish, native) and French in the crèche and the outside world (France is where she was born and we live). Yesterday, after a morning spent reading Italian books and listening, singing and dancing Italian and French children songs, she started counting: “Je parle Italien avec maman, je parle anglais avec papa, je parle français… un, deux, trois…. je parle 3 langues…. J’AIME LES LANGUES !! ”
What else should I want? 🙂

49 melissa March 10, 2012 at 10:55 am

I have made an effort to expand the contexts we use portugese in at home. I found a childrens cd and we have played it at dinner sometimes and my husband and I can sing along while our 1yr old dances on his chair. I’ve also tried to speak a little portugese with my husband (he is the native speaker) to try to get us speaking more portugese at home. An unexpected bonus was my husband met 2 fellow brazilians doimg some maintenance work at his office so we might finally have some brazilian friends in this city!

50 Alicia March 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Hello! I’ve been working on teaching my 4yr old niece Spanish. She is very bright and musically inclined. When we drive around town, I play a CD in Spanish that she has begun to love! There is one song that she asks me to play over and over again, and she has started to sing along! She doesn’t necessarily understand the words but that doesn’t stop her! As the music plays, I try to explain the general meanings of the songs so that she knows about what she is singing. Her accent is progressing great, but she won’t attempt to roll her R’s… does anyone have any suggestions as to how to teach her to do this?

51 Sophie March 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I went to my first Maori lesson on Tuesday, and was intrigued to find that the kaiako (tutor) likes to employ NZ Sign Language (the country’s third of three official languages) to help get new words into our heads. But the signs are not quite directly equivalent to the same concepts in “English” NZSL, as with spoken Maori and spoken English (and so many other languages of course). It’ll be pretty cool if I end up learning a little of 2 languages though!

52 Avery Fischer Udagawa March 11, 2012 at 1:03 am

I am excited to have Language Challenge 180 as a source of inspiration for imparting my native English, reinforcing my husband’s native Japanese, and exploring our host country’s Thai with our four-year-old and nine-month-old daughters.

If it would help anyone else in the inspiration or need-a-companion department, my essay “Language Lessons” at LiteraryMama (dot) com describes some of our experiences. Its focus is the importance of messing up!

LiteraryMama (dot) com > click on Columns > click on Four Worlds at upper right > click on Language Lessons

53 PAOLA March 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm

The LC180 has been very exciting for me so far! I went through many resources the other participants shared and found a lot of inspiration. I decided which resources I’m going to use in order to improve my english (I still have to understan how LindQ works but it seems really interesting). I enrolled myself in an english exam in September (European level: B2), so I have a concrete goal to achieve and it helps me!
Then, regarding my bilingual family, I has been talking with my husband about our languages strategy in order to improve it and be more consistent. I’m Italian and live in Spain with my Spanish husband; he can speak Italian, so our communication language is Italian (that needs to be support and correct all the time!). I talk in Italian with our 4 years old son and also does my husband when we are together and he talks with him in Spanish when they are alone. Sometimes it can be confusing but I thinks it’s fine if we do it without mixing. What do you think?

So, thank you everybody for the motivation, examples of your experiences and resources!

54 LindsRose March 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm

My language challenge is to work on teaching my 2 year old son Spanish. So far my son knows some animal names and some body parts. One exciting thing that happened this week was during bath time my son starting singing a song that I sing to him in Spanish about washing his different body parts, to his animals. It’s a start:)

55 Sarah Mackin March 12, 2012 at 2:12 am

I love the ideas for week two of the LC! I am a native English speaker married to a Spaniard and we live in Spain. Our two children (7 & 5) both speak English, but I am hoping to work on reading/writing skills with my daughter (7) and having my son not including Spanish words while speaking English. I think writing a letter will be very motivating for both of them! I am also going to try to work in practicing sight words with them each night.

We do use YouTube videos, and they are a great resource for those living abroad since we aren’t able to get a lot of English programs on TV.

I am always looking for new music to play for them since they both enjoy singing and dancing, so if anyone has any ideas of songs in English that would be appropriate for young children, please let me know. They are at a difficult age – they are not interested in nursery rhymes, and I am not interested in them listening to pop-culture icons yet.

I am exciting about their continued growth in English. Thanks for the great ideas!

56 Anna March 12, 2012 at 7:19 am

Checking in a little overdue – sorry – started the challenge late :-((.

I am amazed at how at home I feel with Italian, and how the sound of the language seems natural… Also I don’t seem to be mixing it with Spanish or French which was something that worried me; in fact knowing the other languages seems to be helpful rather than confusing!

57 Kim @ The Educators' Spin On It March 12, 2012 at 8:40 am

Busy weekend celebrating Holi with friends and family but was great to catch up with my HINDI. We collected our videos and books and posters around the house we’ve collected over the years and really made them important this week.

58 Wendy March 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Thanks to everyone for the ideas for Spanish resources. I went to the library and picked up some books for my 7-year-olds, as well as MUZZY, which they love. I also have some CDs to use in my car as I’m driving to and from work.

59 Shannon March 12, 2012 at 3:34 pm

I’ve been *trying* to push more Spanish on my 7-yr old for years, and after a Dec. trip to visit family in Peru she’s finally making progress. This challenge came along at a perfect time to piggy-back on that momentum. And what’s surprised me most is how EASY it’s been — both for me to actually follow through on the commitment to do something every day and for HER to go along with it. The lack of resistance has been soooo encouraging!

60 Jen N. March 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm

We have belatedly made our plan, and making the lists of what, where and when have been very helpful. I have accessed some of the resources for my younger child and she has been singing songs we listened to. My older daughter has committed to getting back in gear with the livemocha program that I signed her up for at the beginning of the school year. We are looking forward to the challenge!

61 Manuela Moran March 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I am a German speaker but living in England I struggle to keep my boys (7&12) speaking. I like podcasts. Easy to listen to in the car. Video podcasts of the German news for kids are great (logo!). Wissen macht ah! Is great too.

62 Nathalie March 16, 2012 at 11:02 am

wo zhe ge xing qi you zhong wen kao shi, wo lian xi wo de xie han zi (with a website listed in one of the comments for Mandarin Chinese) xie xie!!

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