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Pin with Us!
As I said last week, I finally got into the latest social media fad: Pinterest! The absolutely best part of it for me this week was that some of joined me in the pinning fun on the Multilingual Living Pinterest page!
Amy is pinning away on the For the Love of Arabic board (she has already added 12 pins!), Alissa and Thea on the For the Love of German board and Alissa on the For the Love of Spanish board. We are having a blast!
We’d love it if you joined us! Want to share resources related to your native language/country? Or maybe a language you are learning? Or what about the Language Learning, Bilingual Homeschooling or Research boards? Just contact us and let’s get you pinning! We would love to have you along for the pinning adventure!
As for Language Challenge 180… How did this week go? Did you find out what the most frequent 100 words are in your/your child’s target language? Did you/your child work on using them in sentences?
As we said at the beginning of the week, going through the most frequent words in your target language can be extremely motivating (you realize that you know more than you think!) and it can help you jump start your comprehension and conversations.
Speaking of conversations, did you/your child work on some idioms this week? Even if you never use them, idioms are so prevalent in our languages that it is prudent to start becoming familiar with the most common ones. It can make the difference between understanding what someone said and completely misunderstanding them! I’m sure you can think of examples where a misunderstood idiom lead to less than desirable results!
Stop, Focus and Learn
I notice for me that it is easy to not advance in my language learning when I can understand enough of something to get by. We pick up a lot from context (this is why talking on the telephone can be so tough) which is great for survival but not much of a help for developing our language skills. Since we can easily tune out what is not necessary, we might easily ignore something new in the target language.
The key to advancing is to stop and focus on the bits that we don’t understand 100%. We don’t have to focus on everything that we don’t understand, of course, but we can pick out a few things along the way and focus on them.
- Reading is a great way to do this because we can take our time. I like to underline sentences and words that I don’t understand and either look them up right away or look them up later.
- Watching videos and/or TV shows with subtitles in the same language can help with this as well because even if we aren’t sure what was said, we can see the subtitles, stop the program, write down what wasn’t clear and then work on it later. Andrew knows tell us how to do this in his post The Telenovela Method of Learning Spanish (or any other language).
- Talking with friends or family who are willing to stop and explain things to us is also fantastic! You can just have a conversation together or you can watch a video together. Whatever you do, make sure to stop and at least write down what you didn’t understand so that you can work on it later.
Bilingual Storytime is Fun
This week an inspiring bilingual mother in France shared a post and video with us about a bilingual storytime that she started. Not only is the post inspirational, she shows us how, exactly, they do their storytime in the corresponding video.
As you will see, her storytime is one that is done side-by-side. She reads a page in English and the other woman reads the same page in the French version. This is a wonderful way for children to start getting used to a new language without feeling overwhelmed. The storytime also incorporates in songs and movements in the target language. Since the storytime is only once or twice a week, parents will need to supplement with additional support and resources at home in the target language.
Please check out the article Bilingual Storytime: What Is It? How Do I Do It? Will Anyone Come? and let Rebecca Grossberg know what you think of it. Maybe you do storytime differently in your town? Or maybe you are inspired by what she did and want to know how to start one in your city? Leave a comment and Rebecca will answer you!
Today’s Check-In Activity
- Check-In Activity: In the comment section below, tell us which word(s) you believe you/your child used the most in your target language this week.
If your child isn’t speaking yet, then which word(s) did you use the most with your child?
- Giveaway: After you leave a comment below, head over to the current giveaway and enter! The current giveaway is open to everyone, so tell your friends to check it out and enter!
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