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

6 Months Living in Spain – What do the Kids Think?

expagt kids Living in SpainHere is an interview with the kids about Living in Spain for the past 6 months.  They said what they wanted off the cuff, so enjoy.  They will go into their language/education a bit, as well as what they have enjoyed the most.  Do they want to stay or return to the U.S?  Have they faced any challenges?  Do they have any friends? Continue reading

How are the kids doing in school after their 1st trimester?

American Expat Kids in a Spanish Public SchoolWell, it’s finally here.  We’ve had test scores here, graded papers there, but today was the first concrete evidence of how the teachers think our kids are doing.  In short, they kicked some serious butt!  I’ll get to the details in a bit, but Heidi and I are extremely proud of the kids. Continue reading

The Purple Chicken Challenge Days 1-7: Learning Spanish Language

As promised, here is my journal of The Purple Chicken 14 Day Challenge.

The games I play for Learning the Spanish Language.

Learning the Spanish LanguageDay 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

The Purple Chicken 14 Day Challenge – Spanish Language

So we have been here in Spain for just over 2 months and we are by no means fluent in the Spanish Language.  We have made great progress and are very proud, but need to kick ourselves in the pants a bit more and get out there with the locals. We have met many expats while here. Some have been here a few months like us and others for 10-15 years and not many are fluent either! I can’t let that happen to me, I must improve. Continue reading

About my first day of school

Well, we were in the school and we there to turn in our papers to go to school and the secretary said Lars and I need to go to class now. My parents were so worried because we didn’t have books, supplies or snacks.  I didn’t want to go because we weren’t ready. They took us to class anyway.
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Pass The Paper – The Odd Differences In Spanish Schools

Hey, its Lars today I will be writing about some, uh what’s the word, different things in school. First of all in Spain, the schools are not fancy; they are very basic and plain. About a month ago, my parents had completed some paperwork and enrolled me in a school. My parents were given a list of supplies: a “rubber” (eraser), 6 rolls of toilet paper, and some note books.

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Please watch more TV

It is very encouraging that the kids are excited to learn Spanish.  They have such a desire to fully communicate with others and would love to just blurt it all out in Spanish, but we just aren’t quite there yet.  They keep complaining that they aren’t learning fast enough, but don’t realize it takes time for these things. We keep telling them it took years to learn English and they are still learning. Either way they want to learn more.

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Waka Waka Wagoner

The kids are learning Spanish!  Each Tuesday and Thursday from 12-2 they are pulled from their class, along with two Russian girls, to attend a special Spanish tutoring session. For the past 2 weeks, some of their “tutor homework” consisted of learning the Waka Waka song in Spanish.   Thought you may enjoy hearing what they have learned. As you can see, they are enjoying it!

Waka Waka Wagoner Version

Shakira’s video of the song