Language Challenge 180: Week 3 Giveaway

by Corey · 42 comments

Multilingual Living is delighted to announce its third Language Challenge 180 giveaway prize – this time from Petra Lingua! This giveaway will only be open for 6 days, so enter today!

Congratulations to Bob who won last week’s giveaway for a free month of access to Ana Lomba’s e-books!

Getting children started in language learning can be difficult sometimes. We want to make language learning fun for them but may not be sure what to do. This is where Petra Lingua‘s language learning programs for children can help.

These programs include short films that incorporate a lot of vocabulary repetition. It gives children a sense of accomplishment once they can start calling out the words when they see them on the screen.

Parents are encouraged to view Petra Lingua‘s programs together with their children so that they can add extra context and dialog. If you know the language, use the words in sentences for the rest of the week! At the very least, parents should point out the items when they see them around the house or in the grocery store. This will help children continually practice their vocabulary.

After each of the vocabulary videos, there are a bunch of fun games that your children can play to practice what they learned. The games really help children remember the words and are easy to do. It makes a big difference for children to have the opportunity to practice their vocabulary! 

Petra Lingua is giving away a free month of access to this week’s winner! Enter below!

How to Enter the Giveaway…

Only those who are signed up for Language Challenge 180 and have checked in this week are eligible to enter this giveaway!

  • To enter this giveaway, all you need to do is to leave a comment below telling us about a game or activity you play with your children to help them learn/practice the target language. (This may be a specific language-learning game or it may be a game that you play in the target language.)


The winner will be chosen at random using’s sequence generator.

Note: Only one comment from the same person will be counted. Replies posted in response to someone else’s comment won’t be counted.

Important Details

This giveaway will close at 11:59 pm PST on Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

Make sure to read the Multilingual Living Giveaway Rules!

Hope you enjoy this giveaway! Thank you for all of your support for Multilingual Living!


1 Lesley Johnson March 23, 2012 at 12:39 am

Holly and I have been singing Spanish songs and she finishes the last word in each line. I have also been sitting with her describing the objects in a picture whether it be a book etc… She copies the words. If she says the word in English first I ask her (in Spanish) to say the word in Spanish, which she then says. :o) One thing she has been very interested in is reinforcing (revising!) the parts of the body and in the shower she will ask me to rinse her hand, foot, neck etc… So she has reinforced her vocab and speaks words which she wouldn’t normally say in Spanish in the first instance, But those words are now in her mind in Spanish first such as colours, she now says ‘rosa’ instead of ‘pink’ straight away. So far I think there is definitely improvement which I am happy about. :o)

2 Vanya March 23, 2012 at 1:02 am

I read book in english every evening to my boy(3y)then he always want to “read”it back to me. More than teaching him english I always been very natural on just speaking the language to him.We also watch movies, cartoons and read books in english. Results are coming!! very exciting!

3 Sarolta March 23, 2012 at 4:17 am

We sing different versions of the songs and my son loves to make up funny stories with his own words.

4 Jenny March 23, 2012 at 4:21 am

My boys like to do TPR (Total Physical Response) activities with me. I give a command in French (run, walk, sit, eat, sleep, swim, etc), and they do the action.

5 Nan y March 23, 2012 at 4:27 am

My granddaughter(2) loves when I say “que pasa?” so to give her action words I asked her that as we are dancing, jumping, walking, etc and then giver the verb. She loves to repeat it. By now I can, for example, say “bailando” and she will start dancing!!

6 Audrey March 23, 2012 at 4:34 am

We watch dvd’s in Spanish and then I will ask my eldest to tell me what he thinks is going on. Then we go over the vocab. We played a game where he had to mime the animal I was describing in Spanish. My youngest I speak to him only in Spanish as he is not yet 2. I sing songs with my youngest also. The eldest and I also play a game where he has to only say Spanish words and see if he can get up to 100 in 2 mins.

7 Amanda Kendle March 23, 2012 at 5:13 am

We do lots of singing in German, (well I sing and my son laughs – he’s not 2 yet!) and try to do songs with actions – he has just started joining in with those kind when we sing them at our German playgroup, I was very excited!

8 Tobias Barske March 23, 2012 at 5:30 am

We listen to a lot of German songs. She is not yet talking, but she is starting to point at objects, so we also try to get her to point at the correct objects, both in English and in German.

9 Michelle March 23, 2012 at 5:40 am

We play “I see with my little eyes” in Spanish, whenever we are waiting somewhere.

10 Catharine March 23, 2012 at 5:42 am

We play “Simon Says” in English (passing on my native language to my Spanish-speaking children). The kids get to practice their “imperative” vocabulary while the commands get increasingly silly! We also like to sing the “Hokey Pokey”.

11 Anna March 23, 2012 at 5:42 am

We have been singing songs from the iPad daily and the kids are really starting to know and understand the words. We also read books talking about the words we know and how we can figure out what some of the new vocabulary is.

12 Tye March 23, 2012 at 7:18 am

We used to play Spanish Bingo a lot, but they know most of those words now. So, the “activity” we do at dinner time is basically asking for your food in Spanish. If they don’t know they words I will help them. But, dinner isn’t served until they say “I want…..XYZ” in Spanish.

13 JenneferJ March 23, 2012 at 7:50 am

We play kana match. It is like Go Fish except the cards to match have one hiragana card and one katakana card. It helps with recognizing the symbols that make the sounds. We also play Old Neko, which is like Old Maid. We use a card with a cat (neko) drawn on it and try to be the one with the cat at the end.

My seven year old likes the games.

14 Heather March 23, 2012 at 8:07 am

In the car we I Spy With My Little Eye (Yo veo con mi ojito) in Spanish. My kids don’t know a ton of Spanish vocab, but they know the colors, and this is a great way to practice learning other misc. vocab.

15 Thea March 23, 2012 at 9:47 am

We play “I Spy” and “Hangman” in German. Also Pictionary style “Name that Song”

16 Zsofia March 23, 2012 at 10:21 am

I know many hungarian folk games. I try to play these with my children. They are learning the songs that go along with them.

17 Cynthia H March 23, 2012 at 10:22 am

We don’t play anything in Italian. That will go on my list of things to do!

18 Maria Jesus March 23, 2012 at 10:41 am

My daughter and I play “robots”. She tells me what to do and then I tell her what to do. It has to be very specific or the robot gets mad, which is fun!!

19 Eduardo Moreno March 26, 2012 at 7:30 am

Sounds like fun. Gotta try it.

20 Mikayla March 23, 2012 at 11:01 am

We play Matamoscas (flyswatters)! I put pictures of vocabulary words on the wall. As I say the word in Spanish the students hit the picture that I am describing. Whichever student hits the right picture first, wins a point for his/her team.

21 Amy March 23, 2012 at 6:34 pm

My kids are just starting to learn arabic – they learned colors last week, and I am going to have their tutor teach them body parts and left/right next week, so that they can play Twister at the end of the lesson!

22 Eloise Trinity March 23, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I’ve taught children for quite sometime now. Though I don’t have my own. We would usually play charades. Like acting out the words without uttering a single word. When is the deadline for the contest? Cool one. I don’t hope to win but congrats to the chosen winner.


23 melissa March 23, 2012 at 12:29 pm

We ask my son, almost 2yrs, to point out body parts in both english and portugese. He particularly enjoys pointing out the same body part on mamae, papai and the dog

24 Emma March 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm

My son is only 2 so we don’t play many structured games but do reinforce vocabulary as he spontaneously plays. At Croilegean (Gaelic playgroup) he joins in the arts and crafts (usually season/occassion specific) and the teacher introduces the new words and then generally bursts into song and gets the children to repeat and join in. We’re just checking out the Fingerspiele on YouTube.

25 Denisa March 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm

When we play any game with a dice or something that has colors( like Candy Land), my son is asked to say it in Slovak.

26 Francesca March 24, 2012 at 2:40 am

Giulio is really young at the moment.
When I say…”Where’s Giulio”?
He hides his face with his hands and just asks (in ‘his’ way) to look for him. He’s so cute!

27 Kristiana Withers March 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I have attached French word signs on objects in the kitchen and the bathroom so I can use the French names for things when I ask the children to set the table or clean their teeth. They think it’s a bit weird but at least they’re seeing and hearing French all the time at home. I also read French readers with my younger 2 girls at night. They come home singing French songs they’ve been taught at school and because I know them too, I continue that lovely habit at home. They’re getting used to Mum suddenly giving instructions in French and one day they may even reply in French!!! Today I’m going to Melbourne for the French Movie Festival and I’m planning on purchasing some French card games while I’m in Melbourne (there’s not much available where I live).

28 Dolinda March 24, 2012 at 2:34 pm

We don’t play too many games yet but we read the T’choupi books and I have her point out things. She also likes to play “hide and see” whenever we enter the garage so now I will “wonder where she is ” in French. I ask about body part in French and colors. Sheis only 22 months so we are doing basic stuff but she actually understands a fair amount already. Impressive how quickly their little brains pick up stuff!

29 Linda M March 24, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I read Spanish books to my youngest (and summarize each page in English), but we don’t read as often as we ought to. I also play “donde esta?” with things around the house or in picture books to build vocabulary.

30 Margareta March 25, 2012 at 5:46 am

We play ‘Schovavacka’ = Hide’n’seek, and always make sure we count in Slovak, and say: ‘Schovany neschovany idem!’ (the equivalent of ‘Ready or not, here I come’). If I am seeking, I also talk a lot as I walk around the hosue, describing my actions, where I look, etc.
We also play ‘Zima-teplo’, which is hide and seek, but with objects. In this game we give clues like ‘You’re cold/ getting colder/ getting warmer/ you’re warm/ getting hotter/ you’re burning’, which is great to practice adjective comparatives and superlatives.
Another favourite is ‘Pexeso’ = Memory Game, because we can describe and compare the pictures, and use lots of language.
When we play with board games, we always use Slovak when talking about the game, even with English board games, unless daddy is playing with us, too.

31 Dianne March 25, 2012 at 8:11 am

We play “I Spy” something….verde. We are learning the colors in Spanish 🙂

32 Maria Jesus March 25, 2012 at 9:25 am

Reading books together is one of my daughter’s favourite activity

33 Maria Iskenderoglu March 25, 2012 at 12:21 pm

My daughter and I sıng Nursery Rhymes and make up songs. For example, we have one about broccolli. We do a lot of phonics in our English class and so she likes to find rhyming words when we are in the car.

34 Wendy March 25, 2012 at 1:41 pm

We like to play charades. My daughters will act out an activity (sweeping the floor, brushing their teeth, brushing their hair, eating, etc.), and we’ll guess what they’re doing in Spanish.

35 Kate March 25, 2012 at 5:38 pm

I got my 2-year-old an alphabet puzzle in German – so the letters correspond to pictures that begin with that letter. It’s helped him learn his German alphabet. And now I’ve started giving “false” answers, such as “G is for Elefant” – and he’ll say “neeeiiin!” And then say “Giraffe” instead to correct me. It’s a lot of fun 🙂 Since I split our day between English and German, it’s also a bonus if he pulls it out during English time, since the rule is we have to do the puzzle in German.
We also sing a lot of songs in German. Whenever we’re in the car, we listen to German music. I’ve started playing the game where I leave a word off and he fills it in.
I love all these great ideas!! I think we’ll be trying some of them, too.

36 Terra March 25, 2012 at 7:35 pm

My son loves earning points in my “quiz show” game. He earns points by knowing words, phrases and coomands.

37 Mary Kay March 26, 2012 at 12:37 am

We only have one book in Bambara. I keep it out on the coffee table, and she opens it. I’ll say a word and then she’ll repeat it. Other than that, we just do conversation. Sometimes she’ll say a word in English, and I’ll say it to her in Bambara and we’ll repeat it that way.

38 Eduardo Moreno March 26, 2012 at 7:27 am

My 18-month-old daughter’s second favourite phisical activity is going up and down stairs -swinging at the playground is no. 1-. So, every time we climb the stairs of our apartment block, we count the steps in different languages. We regularly practice Spanish, Korean, English and Japanese, the languages we use at home. She totally gets into it and follows the count with a lot of enthusiasm. I think that’s a wonderful exercise. It involves physical exercise, memory, pronunciation in various sets of phonics, coordination, communication, and also trust.

39 Karim Siebeneicher Brito March 26, 2012 at 8:17 am

We played treasure hunt in English for Easter, or when more children were gathered at home. Even those who did not understand much were delighted to help the others find the prize.

40 Elizabeth March 26, 2012 at 2:11 pm

German, because it’s our ethnic heritage and a language I speak competently enough (but not fluently, alas) to share with the children

41 Mammamaman March 26, 2012 at 2:28 pm

As my 2.5 year-old loves numbers we play cache-cache/nascondino (hide&seek)- a fun way to count. We also enjoy watching DVDs, especially Pimpa and Charlie & Lola in Italian, T’choupi, l’âne Trotro and Nouky in French, and Pocoyo and Caillou in Spanish. Other than that, everyday life gives us the chance for more language-learning (same as any other 2.5 year-old!) 🙂

42 Katina March 26, 2012 at 10:56 pm

I give her pop quizzes to help get her use to hearing the different phrases in Spanish. She really likes it.

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