Language Challenge 180: Week 18 Check In

by Corey · 12 comments

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Once a Day, Once a Week…

Did you write down one thing that you/your children will do each day (and week)? If you aren’t sure what I am talking about, then check out the Week 18 post to find out. Make sure you/your children have at least a few things that you/they can do every day in the target language. Don’t leave anything to chance!

Sometimes the reason we aren’t getting anywhere with our language is because we aren’t sure what to do each day in the target language. Should we read a book? Or maybe we should watch a video? Perhaps we should skype with a friend or a family member?

It is wonderful to have so many different things at our fingertips to help language learning progress! However, do we have a plan for when to do what? It isn’t necessary but it can really help us stay on track.

Here is an example of how someone might plan out the week:

  • Monday-Friday: Read chapter (quietly out loud to children) from current book before bed. Write down 5-10 unknown words from chapter and look them up the next day.
  • Tuesdays: Skype at 11:00 am with friend for half an hour.
  • Wednesdays: Watch video/movie after dinner.
  • Thursdays: Write an email (or imaginary letter) to a friend/family member. Or write out sentences for each of the newly learned words in the chapters read.
  • Fridays: Meet with a native speaker and chat over coffee (or have children spend time with a native speaker).

When things are planned out to this level of detail, then you know what to expect each day. You can always add more but if you are short on creativity, inspiration or time, then you can just focus on that day’s activity(ies).

Note that in the above plan reading is the only activity done every day. The other activities are done once a week. You don’t want to overdo things for yourself and/or your children!

Today’s Check-In Activity

  • Check-In Activity: In the comment section below, share one thing that you and/or your children do every day (or every week) to keep language learning alive. Do you read from a book each day? Or maybe you watch a Youtube video each day? Maybe you listen to a certain CD in the car whenever driving places? If you are up for it, share what your and/or your children’s week of language learning looks like!
  • 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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1 Heather July 8, 2012 at 5:51 pm

I have a whole LIST of things I do every day (or most days, at least) to learn German better. The ones I am better at keeping up every day, are listeing to music or audiobooks in the car, writing journal entries, and watching TV shows in German that I have on DVD.

2 Shannon July 8, 2012 at 6:31 pm

I read and try to speak everyday to help me learn Italian better. Speaking helps me quickly identify words that I need to add to my vocabulary. I listen to podcasts in the car, read on my lunch breaks at work and practice with a native speaker every weekend.

3 Czeslaw Liebert July 9, 2012 at 1:26 am

It’s obvious I only speak SL with my children, but there is also a bunch of other things related to SL which happen rather regularly. I’m not saying I find time and energy to make them happen every day, but at least one is always present each day: reading stories in SL before bedtime, watching cartoons (or Animal Planet/Discovery) in SL, playing with activity books in SL and listening to children’s songs in SL (that might be the only one that goes around every day, as my children love listening to music).

4 Adina Bogdan July 9, 2012 at 2:32 am

Since we’re focusing on French now, yes, we do have a plan for each day: listening to French nursery rhymes (and singing them, too), watching a few youtube cartoons and reading a few picture books/kids magazines each day (before going to bed). It does help a lot to have a plan, and stick to it every day.

5 Jenny July 9, 2012 at 5:10 am

For my own language learning, I try to listen to a podcast on LingQ at least 5 days a week. I do it right after I put the kids down to bed, so it’s built into my routine. I do short ones, 8-12 minutes usually. I love how I can read the transcript as I listen and hover over words I don’t know to see their meanings. It’s great!
For my kids’ language learning, we do 30 minutes of French immersion 5 days a week. I tried at first to have more of a structured plan (read books this day, play a game this day, listen to music this day, etc), but it didn’t work for us. My kids are 1,3, and 5, and I have found that I kind of have to gauge what they are up for that day and act accordingly.

6 Terra F July 9, 2012 at 5:44 am

We read the Spanish Word of the Day from Transparent Language and try to use it during the day.

7 Heather H July 9, 2012 at 6:49 am

Everyday I will read to a book in Spanish to my 6 month old. During one nap, I will read about, or work on my sign language.

8 Marnie July 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Everyday I will speak with my daughter in Spanish whether it is just the routine things like what we need to do to get ready or a full conversation. It is easier to fit in the routine things daily then we can add the others later. I also try to talk on the phone, write an e-mail or text a friend who speaks Spanish most days.

9 Gale July 9, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Up until recently we haven’t had a daily activity. But for the summer I got a Spanish curriculum that has a story about two kids that gradually introduces more and more Spanish, with activities in between. The kids like the story…they don’t always like the activities, so I do the story every other day and the activities only if I think they’re important or something the kids would like…otherwise I substitute something else.

10 Wendy July 9, 2012 at 11:19 pm

For myself, I listen to Spanish language CDs as I drive to and from work during the week. For my daughters, I try to speak to them in Spanish in the mornings and read short stories in Spanish to them at bedtime.

11 Murray July 10, 2012 at 11:58 am

For myself this summer, I receive daily emails from both 1) daily newletter with the sentence and word of the day. 2) Word of the Day.
I also do either Also Namke Learn Quebec French or TUFS Language Modules.

12 Tracey July 17, 2012 at 7:17 pm

My children speak to native Spanish and English speakers everyday.

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