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For the Love of Pinterest
My apologies on the delay of this post! It should have come out yesterday but you know what… I could not pull myself away from posting pins on the Multilingual Living Pinterest page. Unbelievable how addictive this new social media program really is!
We would love to get to know you more through your Pinterest page! Come follow us on Pinterest and let’s “hook” up! We’d also be delighted if you wanted to add pins to a language page! Are you learning Arabic? Then let’s create a “For the Love of Arabic” board for you and give you pinning permission so that you can put your favorite Arabic links there! Anyone else interested in adding pins to another language page? Just contact us and let’s get you pinning!
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Now back to Language Challenge 180… How did this week go? Did you enjoy the pictures? Were you able to use them for your/your children’s language learning? If so, let us know! If not, let us know too!
Either way, don’t forget to go to the Language Page(s) and/or Multilingual Living Forum to 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. Even if you don’t have anything special to share, checking in with one another can keep us feeling connected and motivated.
Learning Languages with Technology
Technology has really changed the way we can learn languages today! Whether it is learning a language for ourselves or helping our children learn a language, media has so many benefits! The catch, of course, is to use media to help us, not take us over. Spending hours on end in front of a computer, smartphone or iPad is not good (even if it does help our language learning).
It is our job as parents to make sure that we don’t use technology as a babysitter too often. Now and then is just fine. I have been known to do this from time to time as well. The catch is to make sure we aren’t handing over our iPhone to our child to distract them while telling ourselves, “It is good for him! He is doing language learning!” As parents, we need to be in charge of our children’s media exposure. Saying “no” is sometimes the best thing we can do for our children. Read a book out loud to your child (even if it is from your iPad) while waiting for the doctor. Interact! Talk! Converse!
That having been said, my family and I can’t imagine working on our languages without technology! It is our best friend for language learning! We watch German TV shows (without commercials – yea!) and movies a few times a week. ARD.de and ZDF.de have some amazing programs that we can access for free. We pipe them from our computer into our television and sit back for a wonderful family language bath, complete with popcord! The only argument is whether to put salt or sugar on the popcorn (salt of course!).
My family also benefits from a long list of online language activities. We love reading online books at Grow Story Grow as well as Ana Lomba’s website. Petra Lingua offers a long list of fun language-learning activities for the very young and, as you know, LingQ is one of my favorite places to head for working on Spanish, German and French since I can listen to the audio while reading the text. Our local library offers a whole list of language-learning technology for FREE. In fact, there is almost too many options for us!
To find ways to utilize technology in your household for language learning, read Franck & Cristina’s latest post: Technology to Help Children Learn a New Language: 10 Minutes at a Time. It is packed with fantastic suggestions for how to use technology in small doses to really make language learning work. You will certainly find some great tips in this post that you can implement in your family’s Language Challenge 180 adventure.
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 whether or not you used technology to help you/your children learn language(s) this week. If you did, which programs?
- 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. And come check us out at Pinterest! We’d love to share with you there!
Keep an eye out for your next email which will arrive on Monday! Keep up the fantastic work!