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¡Hola a todos! Hello everyone! ¡Feliz Primavera! Happy Spring!
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Do you like to start out strong in your new endeavors? I do and I want to help you do the same. Is Spanish on your list of things to do with your family? Maybe you just need a refresher? Feeling stagnant? Don’t know where to begin?
If you answered yes to any one of those, you’ve come to the right place! Learn Spanish together and with real humans! Take the Real Life Real People R.E.A.L. Homeschool Spanish Chat Challenge. AND, stick around for my two free downloads at the end of this blog. Get a great start with Spanish in 2018! Remember, learning Spanish is R.E.A.L! (Relax, Enjoy, Aspire, Learn)
But first a word to the wise.
I hope this blog helps you to remember that language learning is not all worksheets and endless grammar (boring!). Language is an everyday intimate experience with yourself (self talk) and with others (socializing). To stimulate our brains with language learning, we need to engage with real live people! What’s more, you grow in so many ways and learn the language better through real life interactions.
Learning Spanish — Real Life Real People
Socializing helps us to use language better with others! So let’s get out there and speak Spanish! It’s important! Here’s what I’ve learned about the importance of being social as it relates to language learning:
- Interactions with humans require more emotional involvement, cognitive efforts and brain activation. Human interaction teaches empathy too. We grow and learn through our emotions and through empathy. Learn more in this article from Psychology Today!
- Learning through interactions with others, and reflecting on this experience can help children become more self aware. In turn, this teaches them what they still need to learn, and can make the brain more flexible and open to greater learning. Learn more from This article in Psychology Today.
- Getting out there and experiencing face to face social interactions can reduce the risk of depression. And, depression can cause all kinds of health problems later in life. Psychology Today: Face to face social interaction reduces risk of depression.
It’s never too late to start. It’s a win-win. Learning a foreign language is great for brain development, and social interaction helps you to open up to greater learning and strengthens your emotional development.
Take the R.E.A.L. Homeschool Spanish CHAT CHALLENGE! Real Life Real People!
So, as we start the new year, take the R.E.A.L. Homeschool Spanish Chat Challenge and greet a native speaker. Exchange pleasantries even. Have real life experiences to boost your learning curve. Most native speakers of Spanish will be thrilled that you have taken an interest in their language.
Where you ask? Well, in most areas of the States, this is easy. In restaurants, at the checkout, stores, markets, churches, parks, meetups, neighbors, sports events. What about volunteering? Check out Volunteer Match for opportunities in your area. Also check with your local library for ideas, and local faith groups. Definitely try a Google search for Latino clinics, centers, meetups, other groups. See what you can find! Brainstorm with your kids. What options do ‘they’ want to explore? Their buy-in is a must!
Language is about everyday life. So, open up, say hello and PRACTICE SPANISH. What’s more, I challenge you to speak to a native speaker several times this month. Once or twice a week would be great. The more you do so, the easier it gets and the more it will motivate you to learn even more.
What are you waiting for? Go out there and introduce yourself, or just say Hi! or ask about the weather. But, just do it! ¡Hazlo!
It’ll be an adventure!
Buena suerte! Good luck!
How to Prepare for the Real Life Real People Chat Challenge.
Free Download #1
Learning Spanish just got R.E.A.L. (Relax, Enjoy, Aspire, Learn). Download my Chat Challenge lesson plan for homeschoolers, families, or co-ops! The download contains suggestions on how to practice greeting people in Spanish and preparing yourself to go out there and live up to the challenge! Oh, and it’s interspersed with alot of fun!
Remember that this is ‘not’ a lesson in perfection or perfect grammar. Don’t worry about messing up.’ Hey, after all, this is a R.E.A.L. life activity. People make mistakes. Mistakes are great teachers.
Let me know what you chose to do for the challenge. Post it on the R.E.A.L. Homeschool Spanish Facebook page and let others know too!.
Free Download #2 Wow!
Also, to celebrate the new year, I’m offering a free download of Part A of Unit I (Greetings) of my curriculum R.E.A,.L. Homeschool Spanish for January and February. Check it out!
To learn more, visit my website at www.realhomeschoolspanish.com!!
Download #1 R.E.A.L. Homeschool Spanish Real Life Real People Chat Challenge
Download #2. PLEASE READ FIRST, then scroll down for Download #2.
This is a Beta version that includes the embedded mp3 files and an activity book that you can work on online. Please email me at Karyn@realhomeschoolspanish.com and let me know how you like it. The download is recommended for laptops or desktops, and the audio is not optimized for mobile phone use as of yet in this format. I have included the mp3 files for Unit One A in case your computer does not allow you to play them directly from the curriculum.
If you do not already have on your computer, you will need these free applications:
Your download will include:
- Complete REAL Homeschool Spanish Curriculum Table of Contents
- Daily Curriculum Guide for Unit One A
- REAL Homeschool Spanish Book Unit One A
- Activity Book Unit One A
- Answer Book Unit One A
- mp3 files if needed
Download #2: R.E.A.L. Homeschool Spanish Unit One A
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