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!
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.
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.
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
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.
I 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
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
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
As promised, here is my journal of The Purple Chicken 14 Day Challenge.
The games I play for Learning the Spanish Language.
Day 1 – I awoke this morning a nervous wreck knowing my post about the challenge was going to publish today. That means I really have to do this. UG!!! Maybe I can just cancel the post. After all, I am a good 6 hrs ahead of the East Coast USA, so no one would know the difference. In my mind I am just tormenting myself over this silly challenge of learning the Spanish language. Continue reading