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Congratulations! You made it through Week 5! How did it go? We heard from a few of you that your/your children’s motivation is waning. This is normal! Stay tuned for Monday’s Language Challenge 180 activities email – you will be relieved when you read it. It is all about how to fight the doldrums (but with something you may not expect!)
Did you go to the Language Page(s) or Multilingual Living Forum and make contact with other families? Here is your chance to find others who are just as excited as you and your family are with language learning.
Keep It Going
It isn’t easy to keep a language alive – for ourselves and/or our children! Many people say, “Just speak your native language to your children, how hard can that be?” Uh, excuse me? It can be very, very difficult!
Others say, “You used to be fluent in your second language, what has happened?!” Uh, hello! Give us a break! I guess life got involved and we fell behind in using our language. Like we don’t feel guilty enough!
Whether it is passing on our native language to our children or trying to keep a language alive that we learned in the past, dedication and consistency is necessary. They key is to find ways to use our language(s) on a daily basis without it feeling too artificial or draining. We need to think of the long-term when it comes to keeping language alive – this isn’t a quick fix… this is about the long haul.
We posted a fantastic article on Monday by Andrew titled, Maintain Your Language Even When You Don’t Live in a Country Where It Is Spoken. He tell us (1) what we need to replace and (2) tips for what to do with the replacement. Andrew knows how difficult it can be to keep a language going when we aren’t hearing is spoken around us on a daily basis! His tips are extremely helpful! If you haven’t read his article yet, do it right now!
Today’s Check-In Activity
Note: You can only enter this week’s giveaway if you are (1) signed up for Language Challenge 180 and (2) completed the week’s check-in below:
- Check-In Activity: In the comment section below, tell us which word(s) and/or sentences have been the most difficult for you/your children to remember/pronounce.
Are there some words/sentences that you find yourself stumbling over, even if they aren’t very long? Or maybe some specific grammar elements? Or what about your children? Do they often switch to the community language when using specific words? Or maybe they say certain sentences with incorrect grammar?
- Giveaway: After you leave a comment below, head over to today’s giveaway and enter! You are now qualified!
Don’t forget to visit the Multilingual Living Forum to ask a question, start a discussion or give someone else some support. You do NOT have to log in to post there. We encourage you to check out the Language Challenge 180 section as well as the other sections.
Keep an eye out for your next email which will arrive on Monday! You are going to love this next one – it is all about fighting the doldrums with something you might least expect!