Language Challenge 180: Week 6 Giveaway

by Corey · 41 comments

Multilingual Living is delighted to announce its sixth Language Challenge 180 giveaway prize – this time for something we all can use! This giveaway will only be open for 4 days, so enter today!

Congratulations to Simon who won last week’s giveaway which was a copy of the fantastic CD “Uno, Dos” by Sing with SeΓ±or!

We could all use a little expert advice and guidance when it comes to language learning, even if it is only to help with ideas for how to stay motivated! Luckily for us, we have an excellent language coach as a co-sponsor of Language Challenge 180.

Aaron Myers, the language coach behind The Everyday Language Learner, has put together a number of guides to help language learners like us (and our children) do what it takes to really learn a language. Not every person is the same and therefore we need to have our own personal language-learning approach and resources. Since we are not all motivated by the same things and don’t have the same language-learning goals, we need a program that is designed for our needs. This is where someone like Aaron can really help make a difference.

Aaron and his wife currently live abroad (Turkey) and are raising their children multilingually. They know the trials and tribulations of wanting to keep a home language alive while at the same time trying to master a community language. Aaron knows that this is no easy feat and therefore can provide us support from his own personal language-learning experiences.

We are delighted to be able to give away Aaron’s Everyday Language Learner Guide to Getting Started First Class Edition! This comes with TWO guides (The Guide to Self-Assessment and The Guide to Getting Started) as well as a bunch of additional goodies. You are going to love this package!

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 what you and/or your children like the most or the least about learning/practicing your language(s).

Important Details

This giveaway will close at 11:59 pm PST on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

Make sure to read the Multilingual Living Giveaway Rules! The winner will be chosen at random using

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

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


1 Nancy April 16, 2012 at 1:19 am

I am still struggling with getting practice in everyday. Not letting other things interfere is an issue.

2 Jeannette April 16, 2012 at 2:41 am

My daughter’s favorite part about learning French seems to be the idea that she knows something other people don’t πŸ™‚

3 Karim Siebeneicher Brito April 16, 2012 at 4:41 am

The most exciting part of learning French, for me and my son, are the moments when we try speaking in it to each other. But vocabulary is still an issue, and we end up mixing some other languages into the sentences, so we can finish the sentences.

4 Maria Iskenderoglu April 16, 2012 at 4:49 am

I think the least favorite for me is the amount of energy it takes to deal with Turkish. I had to fill out a CV using a Turkish form and it was so frustrating to need help doing it.
For my daughter, I think the most frustrating thing is that she has less time to play since she attends both regular school and homeschool. We try to be pretty flexible on the play time but it often isn’t as much as either of us would like.

5 Maria Iskenderoglu April 16, 2012 at 4:50 am

Sorry, didn’t mean to sound so negative. A positive is that my husband is speaking more Turkish to me. I’m not necessarily understanding it but at least we are using it more at home.

6 KL April 16, 2012 at 5:02 am

My daughter and I have a lot of fun attempting to converse in French and correcting each others mistakes.

7 Shannon M April 16, 2012 at 5:03 am

My favorite thing about my daughter learning Spanish AND about both my kids learning Japanese is the surprise I get when they say or understand something I didn’t know they knew. And I think their favorite part is the pride they feel in knowing something someone else doesn’t know (like Jeanette said above!). I regularly notice both of them bragging to friends or classmates about being multilingual, and here in the southern US it DOES give you bragging rights! πŸ˜‰

8 Francesca April 16, 2012 at 5:33 am

What I like most is when I see my son reading his beloved books. Even if he’s only 16months old πŸ™‚
The worst thing is when I can’t find the expression, the words, the verbs, in order to speak in english and talk with my son in a natural way!

9 MamaInArabic April 16, 2012 at 5:44 am

My favorite thing is being able to communicate more fluently and always feel there is something to look forward to–new vocabulary that will help me understand or express myself better. I also really like being able to understand Ziad Rahbani humor recordings without having to ask for help.

10 Kelsay April 16, 2012 at 6:35 am

The most challenging part for me is not being able to use it on a daily basis. Life seems to get in the way all too often. My favorite part is the sense of accomplishment when I try to read something or watch something and realize that I understand enough to get the gist of it.

11 Eduardo Moreno April 16, 2012 at 6:46 am

For me, memorising is the most difficult and bothering part of learning a language. I don’t like sitting in front of lists of words. But I love taking lessons in a class. That’s always a lot of fun.

My daughter (18months) definitely loves singing the most. She can sing about 10 songs in Korean, including Twinkle Twinkle; now she’s learning how to sing it in English. I don’t know many kids songs in Spanish.

Ah, one thing that we both love is speaking in gibberish. It totally cracks me up listening to her blethers and then answering like I understood, with a bunch of made up nonsense. We have such fun.
Something else that we enjoy at home with the kids is pointing at posters with lots of elements and calling for names of things in different languages.

12 JenneferJ April 16, 2012 at 6:58 am

My kids (and I) like practicing writing the hiragana and katakana least.

13 Flavia April 16, 2012 at 7:00 am

For me and my little girl, the best part is the singing: she loves singing and I find it is a wonderful way to improve vocabulary – other than it is really fun.

On my side, I struggle to find time to go through the German grammar exercises…. But we get there πŸ™‚

14 Andrea S. April 16, 2012 at 7:08 am

My husband was the native speaker of my son’s second language. I was always the English speaker. Now my husband has passed away I will take on the reins of sharing our second language (Italian). I enjoy learning with YouTube song videos and spending time with my husband’s family overseas. Skype calls help as well. I’m a little daunted of sharing a culture and traditions as I have not yet lived them!

15 Mikayla April 16, 2012 at 8:05 am

I like teaching and learning new music in Spanish.

16 Dominick April 16, 2012 at 8:10 am

My child is still too young to realize that he is “language learning”, but what he likes least (sometimes) is sitting still long enough for me to read him a book (in any language). What he likes most is when I sing to him. His favorite song at the moment is “Un elefante si dondolava” which is a song about elephants who are having fun swinging from the threads of a spiderweb.

17 Cynthia H April 16, 2012 at 8:27 am

What I like most is hearing my son joke around in Italian. And his sweet accent.

18 Wendy April 16, 2012 at 9:39 am

I enjoy the feeling that bits of what I learned years ago in high school Spanish are starting to come back. With my daughters, I enjoy hearing them roll their r’s, which I still struggle with. It’s rewarding to spend time working with one of my daughters on her Spanish because she seems to enjoy all of our activities. With my other daughter, it’s much more difficult to engage her. I don’t like pushing her to participate, but I’m hoping she’ll join in if we can find activities she enjoys.

19 Monika April 16, 2012 at 9:57 am

We’re learning Italian. I think our favorite thing is enjoying the different sounds and cadences of the language. Some things are just way more fun to say in Italian! Least favorite is remembering to match up gender. πŸ™‚

20 Wendy April 17, 2012 at 8:20 pm

I feel that way about Spanish…some words sound much more beautiful in Spanish.

21 Melissa April 16, 2012 at 1:34 pm

I like the most how cute and special it is that my son is learning 2 languages in a country where that is not so common. I also enjoy the way it helps me understand my husband (both language and his culture) better. We also love Brazilian music!
Least favourite is learning the grammar and gendered words sometimes make me crazy!

22 Rachel April 16, 2012 at 1:48 pm

My daughter loves that I am doing something special with her. My frustrations stem from the fact that I am not a native speaker. I have no one to interact with. I struggle with the “right way” to say things. I don’t mean grammatically correct. I mean culturally appropriate.

23 Terra April 16, 2012 at 2:47 pm

What do I love most? Those -aha!- moments when something just clicks and I understand an elusive part of the language or culture.

24 Jo-Anne April 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm

My son loves that there are other words for things and he says ‘in chinese its called a –‘ and We love singing the little songs from his Chinese DVD.

25 audrey April 16, 2012 at 6:33 pm

My son likes having a secret language now he has gotten over his embarassment in front of peers. I love it when he brings home his school French sentences and I decipher and translate into Spanish. I love hearing the youngest try to sing Spanish songs. They hardest is mixing up activities or trying to re incorporate grammar stuff or reading with the boys. So much easier to stick on a dvd in Spanish. I don’t even have time to work on the French never mind introduce it to the youngest. Anyone doing two at once?

26 Sharon April 16, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Like the Most – Watching my children learn sooooo quickly
Least – All the thinking!

27 Avery Fischer Udagawa April 16, 2012 at 7:51 pm

I like thinking up wordplay that involves two languages, like bossa nova and “bosa bosa” in Japanese which is what you say to mean messy hair–so “bosa bosa bossa nova” for someone with bedhead grooving to a Brazilian beat.

The downside is only our family gets a lot of these groaners.

28 Martina April 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm

My daughter and I both like listening to kids songs in Italian. It is a good way to exercise dancing in the living room and I can keep my mother language fun. It is hard though, because English, as the majority language is so pervasive.

29 Jeremy Roberts April 16, 2012 at 8:33 pm

I always play “guess what it means” with my kids where they have to answer the Spanish word of a certain English word. Getting the reward is what they like the most. πŸ™‚

30 Alicia April 16, 2012 at 10:25 pm

My niece loves to be able to use the Spanish she is learning to be able to communicate with family members and classmates who are Spanish speakers.

31 Mary Kay April 16, 2012 at 11:34 pm

I think what my daughter likes best about Bambara is getting to hear Mommy speak a language other than English. It’s like she stops and watches and really listens. Same thing happens with French, which we are not working on with her. What she seems to dislike is being given the phone and asked to speak to my husband’s family who only speak Bambara. She gets shy and doesn’t say anything. Not so with my family who only speak English. She gets right on the phone and does her 2 year old babble thing even though no one understands her, she doesn’t care, she just goes ahead and tells her stories. I wish for her to find this level of comfort in Bambara as well, but I think with his family so far away, and only short yearly visits, her access is much more limited. I remember when she first came home from Mali, she surprised me with the amount of words that she had picked up. Over time, I think she’s beginning to forget them. I need to not give up. ni ala soona.

32 Alex April 17, 2012 at 8:48 am

The most is the joy when I suddenly understand a new part of the language , and when I can “Converse” with my mom or Rosetta Stone . The least would be my frustration when I forget the ” Der, Die,Das,” that is in front of everything. I also am guilty of getting pleasure when the other kids around have no idea what I am saying to my siblings!

33 Seana April 17, 2012 at 12:01 pm

My children just went to their first French lesson and told me all the words I ‘ve been pronouncing wrong. That confirmed that lessons with a native speaker were worth it! Frustrating, I don’t have enough time or energy to Study Spanish as much as I’d like. I’ve recently stared lessons, and I don’t know when I’ll find time to prepare for Thursday’s lesson.

34 Heather April 17, 2012 at 7:47 pm

My favorite part of learning German is the feeling of working hard at something for a long time and really getting mastery of something. I’ve been noticing lately that about half of the time when I come across an unknown word, I can guess from context or by breaking it down into constituent parts, what it is likely to mean and be reasonably accurate. I think that is a sign of definite improvement and is encouraging me to keep working.

The hardest part for me (since I left high school, *years* ago) is not getting to practice with native speakers on a regular basis. I’ve had to contrive all sorts of ways to keep up practice, and honestly that usuallly means *way* more input than output, so I understand far, far more than I can produce.

35 Jane April 18, 2012 at 3:19 am

What I like least is that I don’t know anyone to practice with, so I have to talk to myself!!!

36 Andrew April 18, 2012 at 6:53 am

Aside from translating and talking to my russian friends , when i go to work i have co workers that speak french so i try to practice with them . also when i go out i use my arabic phrasebook everywhere or my portuguese depending on the language i am focusing on that day. and i live in canada so radio canada d’international is a pefect reasource.

37 Andrew April 18, 2012 at 6:55 am

some of my post didnt type. i think the best thing i like is that i can communicate with so much more people than i thought possible. its how i met my girlfriend who speaks russian with me =) or my good friend from iraq who i help in english he helps in arabic.

38 Murray April 18, 2012 at 8:43 am

Joined LC180 to keep me motivated with learning French, for when we travel but also so that we can teach it on to the grandchildren.

39 Aaron April 18, 2012 at 10:44 am

The thing we like to do most is watch the Cars movies. Today on the way to school my son hatched a plan to have an all day Cars marathon! Cars 1, Mater’s Tales, Cars 2 – all in one day.

40 Bernicy April 19, 2012 at 9:29 am

The best part in our household is the 5 languages spoken daily around dinner table (Farsi, Cantonese, Mandarin, English, French), and we (husband and me, 2 young children) all get mixed up from time to time as to who is speaking with whom and what were the topics of discussion in what languages.

41 Emma April 19, 2012 at 6:02 pm

We love singing songs in Gaelic and meeting all the people and families who are fluent or learning in the community. Having to look words up all the time is a pain!

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