Learning Spanish – Alan & Heidi Speak!

Greetings One & All!  Since our initial post, we’ve been getting a lot of encouragement, and a bunch of questions about our progress on learning Spanish.  So consider this an update!

Alan and Heidi (learning spanish status update) at Banco más bonito del mundo Loida Galicia Spain

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This Will Make You Understand The Path To Speaking Spanish

The new year has begun and with that, we have set some personal goals and we have a fairly clear path to Pueblo Español.  As we confessed earlier, Alan and I need to step it up a notch when it comes to speaking Spanish.  We shared all of our rational and excuses as to why we aren’t better Spanish speakers, but it needs to stop!  We have an opportunity to work with Pueblo Español this year and we don’t want to mess that up!  Just a reminder, we need to be at least intermediate level with our Spanish, in order to attend Pueblo Español.

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What Happened To Speaking Spanish? Expat Confessions

It’s 2am, the bar is closing down and the young female manager has walked the last patron out the door.  She walks to the back of the restaurant and lets in the cleaning crew.  The crew consists of 4 cleaners from Mexico and they don’t speak a word of English, the manager doesn’t speak any Spanish.  This is a daily routine and over time they learn to communicate.  Through spending a little time playing charades, she was able to get them to understand, and after several weeks, the communication became a mix of charades and Spanish words.  This was her first taste of speaking Spanish.  Ah, the beauty of learning new things.

Speaking Spanish isn't coming as quickly as we would like. We really need to focus on learning the language and becoming more fluent. Read more on WagonersAbroad.com

 

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Spanish Immersion Is The Kick In The Pants I Needed

After a few years of living in Spain, both Heidi and I should be further along with our Spanish.  She’s actually much better than me, and I won’t even discuss how well the kids do.  It’s both frustrating and a bit humbling to have them correct me when I’m saying things wrong.  So, I have taken a trip to Ronda, for a week of Spanish immersion.  I know we already live in Spain, but this is different and we’re partnering with Entrelenguas to help me improve my Spanish.

Spanish Immersion is the perfect way to either jump start learning Spanish or give you the kick in the pants like me, so we are off to Ronda Spain. Click to read more on WagonersAbroad.com

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Back To School – Determined To Learn Spanish

We’ve been back in Spain a few months, and trying to get back into the swing of speaking Spanish.  We figured it would be a good idea to take classes like we did when we first arrived three years ago.  Luckily we found a great local school named TCLanguages and we are determined to learn Spanish.

Back To School - Determined To Learn Spanish.  Read more on WagonersAbroad.com

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A Novel Way to Learn a Foreign Language Online

As a person who has tried learning a foreign language, it can be tough and slow-going.  There are a lot of different courses out there, but I’ve recently been exposed to a new offering called FluentU.  FluentU really provides a novel way to learn a foreign language online.

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Hear The Kids Speak In Spanish -18 Months Living In Spain!

Can you believe we have been expats in Spain for 18 months?!  It is absolutely amazing how fast the time has flown by.  We are in “just normal life” here and for us Almuñécar has been the best place to live in Spain.  No matter where we travel, upon return, our choice is validated with that comfortable feeling of home.

18 Months Living In Spain – Hear the kids speak in Spanish
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Learning Spanish – The Tools We Use

So many people think that learning Spanish is next to impossible, but we don’t agree.  We have found some tools that have made a world of difference for us while living in Spain.  No, we aren’t perfect and please don’t give me a written spelling test! Our goal was two-pronged: 1. To immerse the kids, so they can become fluent. 2. Parents will do our best to improve our Spanish and communicate our needs. ( I will confess I had high hopes of becoming fluent) Continue reading

1 Year Attending School In Spain – What We Didn’t Tell You

Learning Spanish Language at School in Spain

Well the school year is officially over!  Anya (8 yrs – 3rd grade) and Lars (11 yrs – 5th grade) both completed a full year attending school in Spain.  When we first planned this adventure, one of our top priority goals was for the kids to learn how to speak Spanish.  This was going to be accomplished by having the kids study abroad and attend a Spanish elementary school.  Of course we weren’t going to just ship them off to study, we were going as a family.  It was also a priority for Alan and I to improve our skills with the Spanish language.
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