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Did You Squirm?
Did get risky and make some videos of you/your children speaking in the target language? If you aren’t sure what I am talking about, then check out the Week 14 post and videos to find out. It might make your squirm but it will move you ahead in language learning!
Although I have been doing videos for Multilingual Living for the past few years, I have been increasingly inspired by what I see happening over at the Mezzofanti Guild. Donovan Nagel has the kind of passion for language learning which spills over and motivates us to keep doing what we are doing. Yes, he is young and doesn’t have a family to feed, clothe, raise and help become multilingual… but that shouldn’t detract from the lessons that we can learn from him and his language-learning experiences!
When Language Challenge 180 was starting, Donovan was in the throes of a full-blown Irish language-learning session, complete with videos in the target language. Before that, he had been sharing videos he did of himself speaking Arabic! This guy is serious about his love of language learning – what a delight.
But not only did Donovan create videos of himself using the target language, he also encouraged others to do the same – what fun!
It is such a relief to see others struggling along like us, especially when it feels like we aren’t making any progress. It also reminds us that language learning (for us and our children) takes time and dedication – there is no magical bullet available to anyone when it comes to language learning. Yes, there are some tricks (like what to focus on during each step of the way, how to use other languages as crutches, memorization strategies, etc.) but even those are often based on the individual and will only get you so far. People who learn languages well put in a lot of work and focus.
You Need to Squirm a Bit
What many don’t realize is that feeling uncomfortable in our language learning is a good thing! It means we are progressing and pushing our boundaries. It shouldn’t be painful. But it should create a few butterflies in our stomach and the kind of exhilaration that a good challenge brings.
When we talk about language learning being fun, we mean the kind of fun that leaves you feeling fulfilled and satisfied. Not the sit-in-front-of-the-TV-with-a-bag-of-chips-zoning-out kind of fun. I mean, come on, is that really fun anyway? No. That is called “tuning out.” Fun is about engaging and being fully present.
So, it is great if you and your kids are squirming at least a little bit. Think of it as the excitement we feel right before jumping into a cool river on the hottest day of the year. Sure, it is going to feel cold but it is also going to feel more satisfying than anything we could describe!
Today’s Check-In Activity
- Check-In Activity: In the comment section below, tell us if you made any videos this week of you and/or your children speaking in the target language. If so, are you willing to share them with us?If you didn’t, then no worries! Instead tell us what you think about making a video of you/your children speaking in the target language. Does just the thought make you squirm? Or would you have done it if you had had more time? Or did you try but your kids didn’t cooperate?
- Giveaway: After you leave a comment below, head over to the current giveaway and enter! Once you check in, you can enter! It is another fantastic giveaway prize!
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