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View Diary: Ian: August 1, 2014: Preparing for Back to School (46 comments)

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  •  Last year we touched on Chinese (3+ / 0-)
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    a bit. She liked it, but it was hard because there were a lot of visuals in the curriculum and they didn't use fonts or colors that worked well for her. I had to transcribe a lot to paper, and that really didn't work well with the characters for me. We do want to do a Spanish course sometime this year. I just haven't found one yet that will work for her and that I can afford. She's been playing with one that has an app for her tablet, Duolingo, over the summer. I may make that one more serious and expand it. It's very visual with pictures and such that she can actually see, but it's also very very basic. I took four years of Spanish in high school, I think with a work book or text book, plus duolingo I can put something together for her.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 12:47:40 PM PDT

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    •  I have no doubt that you could (3+ / 0-)
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      put something together for her! I think you're doing great work and that Bit is lucky. Your son, too. Duolingo sounds like a good app - basic, with pics she can see.

      I took French throughout h.s. and into college, but I speak only a soupçon of it anymore. Lately, I've wanted to learn at least a rudimentary level of Spanish. The community college offers a 6-week course for $125.00. It's online, which would be good in terms of scheduling, but I always thought being with other people and conversing (or trying to) would be good. I dunno.

      •  I'm sure I've forgotten more than I remember (4+ / 0-)
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        but it will come back to me as I work with her. It will be a learning experience for her and a refresher for me, which works. Hablo un poquito del Espanol ahora, but I used to dream in it when I was a senior in high school. We do use some Spanish in the house already so she's familiar with the way some words are pronounced, etc.

        I chose not to do a foreign language with Draco because he had a rather large speech/language delay in English and I was afraid it would just confuse him more to add a second language. He's been exposed to spanish through us, and to Klingon and a few other languages we use a smattering of, but I didn't want to get him into a full language course, instead we really focused on English vocab and built that up. Which did work well for him.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 01:24:59 PM PDT

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