Language Challenge 180: Week 12 Giveaway

by Corey · 18 comments

Multilingual Living is delighted to announce its next Language Challenge 180 giveaway prize – this time for something we all can use! This giveaway will only be open for 5 days, so enter today!

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). Or tell us what is/is notworking for you and/or your children’s language learning.

Important Details

This giveaway will close at 11:59 pm PST on Friday, June 1, 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 and Language Challenge 180!



1 Dominick May 27, 2012 at 6:25 pm

I can tell my son loves it when I read to him in Italian. We have a “peek behind the flaps book” and he gets all excited every time I open a flap to show him the animal hiding behind. I’m pretty sure he still doesn’t know the difference between English and Italian, but it is time we spend together bonding anyway.

2 Wendy May 27, 2012 at 7:37 pm

My daughters dislike writing in Spanish and doing worksheets. They enjoy having simple conversations, and they like to play charades where they act out an activity (e.g., sweeping or shopping), and we try to guess what they’re doing in Spanish.

3 Jane May 27, 2012 at 8:33 pm

I can’t think of anything I dislike as I enjoy trying to master reading, writing, listening and speaking. I love being able to understand an article on the radio or tv, or reading french novels

4 Heather May 27, 2012 at 9:04 pm

I enjoy using a variety of methods to keep up interest and engage multiple areas of the brain to aid retention. My newest addition to the repitoire is that I got a pocket chart and sentence strips (like In elementary classrooms) to write sentences and vocab I am learning. It hangs in the hall where I see it frequently and am often reminded to practice using them.

5 Cynthia H May 27, 2012 at 11:46 pm

We need to practice more together, instead of doing our own studies. I forget to practice while we have dinner, but when I do it works great!

6 Warren Talbot May 28, 2012 at 12:55 am

Without a doubt, what I’ve enjoyed the most is watching people’s faces light up when you can exchange a few words together in their language. I love to see the smile spread across their face and then how quick they are to teach you something new.

Not only does it feel great, it also helps to reinforce your effort and realize it is going to pay off. This is especially important on those days when you are ready to throw in the towel.

7 Maria Iskenderoglu May 28, 2012 at 2:59 am

My least favorite is having to change keyboards if I write. I have to admit that I just usually skip the keyboard change and use the latin alphabet instead of changing for the letters that need dots or tails.
My daughter’s least favorite is too much writing.

8 Siobhan May 28, 2012 at 3:10 am

The thing that my kids enjoy the most about learning Italian is listening to songs – action songs and upbeat music. It’s amazing how much of the vocabulary they learn and they also learn lots of grammar without having to study it.
My daughter likes doing worksheets that I have printed off from websites, but the boys don’t like them!

9 Murray May 28, 2012 at 4:28 am

What I like the most is being able to understand what I am reading and being able to understand some of the programs that I am listening to.
What I like the least is not having someone to practice with, as I haven’t convinced my partner to join me on this journey.

10 Jenny May 28, 2012 at 4:42 am

What I like most about language learning with my children is when I say something and they respond to me. I love to see that they are “getting it”. What I dislike most is that I don’t have anyone for them to practice language with outside of our family.

11 Natalie May 28, 2012 at 7:55 am

I love to see how much my kids already understand, but I’m bad about remembering to speak German to them more in our daily activites… I’m trying to get better at that!

12 Katina May 28, 2012 at 12:47 pm

The kids love to listen to songs in Spanish and identifying the items around them like colors.

13 Eduardo Moreno May 28, 2012 at 5:06 pm

My 20-month-old girl pretty much likes everything we do, although she still finds it difficult to talk to her Spanish family in Skype. What works best is definitely singing. She gets into it so much, and she would ask for the same song again and again. For me, what works best is to see words written to remember the sounds, I’m a very visual person. So the usual exchange with natives does not work for me, cause I can’t remember anything new, unless it’s written.

14 Linda M May 29, 2012 at 4:05 am

What I like the most is understanding things I read, and being able to pick up more spoken Spanish. What I dislike is not being able to grasp spoken Spanish better. They still talk way too fast for my slow hearing. 😉 Also, I love it when my children, who have sort of lost interest in the whole project, show me that they actually have learnt quite a bit and are proud to have done so.

15 Amber May 29, 2012 at 5:28 am

I love it when my girls remember the Portuguese word for something and get excited to say it. We aren’t forming too many sentences yet, but are getting there slowly. Hopefully the time with their brazilian grandmother next month will help!

16 Becky Smith May 29, 2012 at 8:20 am

I work on grammar exercises in a Russian book with my daughter everyday, trying to keep up with Russian school since we’re in America for a year. However, we are going at a very slow pace and will never catch up! I like this slower pace, because I think she is catching a whole lot more, but she complains about doing it at all. Of course, it is extra work on top of all of the homework she already has, which is the main reason she doesn’t like it. We have tried to have them watch videos in Russian, but in order to get the same enjoyment out of that, a good amount of the language needs to be known already–which our kids have–but they still don’t like watching videos in Russian (we’re not native speakers).

17 Emma May 31, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I love learning with my toddler and how he progresses all the time and keeps me on my toes with a need for more and more vocabulary. I don’t like it when I want to check something and don’t have my dictionary to hand or the moment is gone too quickly! I don’t like that we’ve been reading less lately – we both love to read so this will not be maintained.

18 Gale June 1, 2012 at 11:28 am

Some aps that I’ve found are really helping (one by mindsnacks) with vocabulary. What’s frustrating is realizing I’ve forgotten words I used to know, and wanting to speak the language with my children to help them and not knowing how to say something that seems like I should know!

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