Speaking Spanish Update: After 4 Months Of Studying

Guess what time it is?  It is time for us to give you an update on what we have been doing to improve Speaking Spanish!

Two Americans Speaking Spanish after 4 months of focused efforts towards learning Spanish and becoming more fluent. Check out the progress on video!

Remember our initial post, back at the end of November, with the goal of making it to Pueblo Español?  Oh and the video update of us speaking Spanish at the end of February?  Well, here we are at the end of May and we figured you were due another update of our progress.  Yes, there is another video.  As much as we don’t like speaking Spanish on video, it kind of needs to be done.  Thanks to all of you for asking questions and holding us accountable.

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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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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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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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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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Nearly 10 Months Living in Spain – What do the Kids Think?

Live in Spain - 10 MonthsI can’t believe it has been nearly a year since we made the move to live in Spain.  This week marks the end of the first full school year for the kids.  Education in Spain has been a bit different for us, but we have no doubt the kids have learned far more than what text books alone could teach them.  They have experienced many different things and have been exposed to many different nationalities and languages, attending their Spanish public school.   Continue reading

The Purple Chicken Challenge Days 8-14: Learning Spanish Language

As promised, here is my journal of The Purple Chicken 14 Day Challenge – Days 8-14.

The games I play for Learning Spanish Language.

Day 8 – Well, today the universe brought me plenty of opportunity for Spanish. For instance, having an argument with the Civil Guard (traffic police).  <!–more–>  Alan and I were on our way out for an exploration drive today, my turn to drive. We were just about to enter the highway, when the exploration took a detour. Two Civil Guards standing beside their motorcycles, on the side of the road, hand signaled for us to pull over. Continue reading

Education in our Spanish Public School – Tutoring

I know you have loads of questions about Education in our Spanish Public School . We are trying to play catch up on some of these topics. On the first day of school, each of the kids brought home their individually made weekly agenda. They show what subjects are going to be taught in class each our of the day. The first week the kids were getting their sea legs on and attended all of the sessions.  While the class doesn’t move about the school to attend the different topics, they may have a teacher other than their own teach a particular topic. Continue reading