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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Purple Chicken

It  was another gloomy rainy day. It was 5 pm and I was antsy to get out of the house. I wanted to walk about 15 min away to the Tourist Info center, to pick up this weeks papers. I invited the kids to go for a walk with me in the rain. They respond “Yes!”, with no hesitation whatsoever. So we bundle up with what little “winter/rain” clothing we brought along and out we go, with no umbrella. Continue reading