Language Challenge 180: Week 17 Check In

by Corey · 8 comments

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Write It Down!

Did you write out at least 10 new sentences this week? If you aren’t sure what I am talking about, then check out the Week 17 post to find out. It is a fantastic way to make sure that we use our language (correctly) every day!

Sometimes we feel like we are just going in circles when it comes to our language learning. We don’t feel like we are learning anything new and we seem to be making the same mistakes over an over again.

It can really help to write down the sentences you/your children use most of the time and then to make sure that you/your children are saying them correctly.

Aside from the process of writing something down (which has a way of burning the information a little more strongly into our brain) it helps us identify things about the target language that maybe we hadn’t noticed before.

Plus, many of the everyday sentences that we/our children are learning don’t follow standard language rules: Words are shortened, slang terms are used and intonations may be used in special ways. Since these are the sentences we are most likely to use (and hear) with native speakers, it is helpful to practice them ahead of time!

Today’s Check-In Activity

  • Check-In Activity: In the comment section below, share at least one sentence that you/your children use every day or week. If you can, try writing the sentence in your/your children’s target language (even if that is your native language)!
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1 Adina Bogdan July 1, 2012 at 11:04 pm

There is one thing I need to correct daily to my 3.5 yr old daughter’s English. Instead of saying, for example, ‘that girl does….’, she uses an incorrect version for ‘does’, it sounds something like ‘do’s’. She’s getting the hang of it now, though, begins to correct herself.
In French, since we only started learning it a couple months ago, she’s kind of learning to put it together (by herself! she loves French, its her 3rd language now and makes a visible effort to make correct sentences) so she talkes about herself in 3rd person, such as ‘Ina joue avec les cubes’ .. I correct her, daily, to say ‘Je joue avec les cubes’.

2 Andrew July 2, 2012 at 3:14 am

sentences i use every week
french it would be : a quelle heure vous commencer aujourd’hui
russian : где могу найти….
portugues: o que você está fazendo?
arabic: ana ureedu…. min fadlk
spanish. yo soy loco.

3 Jenny July 2, 2012 at 4:10 am

A couple sentences in French that I use every week with my children are, “Qu’est-ce que c’est?” (What is it?) and “Comment ca va?” (How are you?). I know they are basic, but we only do 30 minutes per day of immersion, so my kids are at a pretty basic level.

4 Wendy July 2, 2012 at 8:41 am

We try to start our mornings off in Spanish. I’ll wake my daughters up by saying “Es hora de levantarse. Vamos a la cocina. ? (upside down) Que quieres desayunar?”

5 carol July 2, 2012 at 10:31 am

Bon jour, tu as dort bien? Qu’est qu’on va faire ce matin?

6 Gale July 2, 2012 at 2:48 pm

With three kiddos, here’s one I hear a lot:

“I have to go to the bathroom.”
“Necessito usar el bano.”

7 Tracey July 2, 2012 at 5:09 pm

My girls talk non-stop in Spanish but like most littlies (4 years old) they don’t always use ful sentences. The oldest one is pretty amazing at her tenses but sometimes confuses gender (also common for their age). We are mainly working on everyday sentences like “Ya estamos llegando a la escuela quiero pagar el chofer” or “En clases la profe nos enseñó escribir el abecedario, hemos jugando con rompecabezas y cantamos las canciones – ‘Arroz con leche’ y ‘Ovejitas obedientes’…” instead of a string of words to tell me about their morning in Prekinder. They are getting better at this.

8 Murray July 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Bonjour. Comment ca va?

Je t’aime. Au revoire.

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