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    The month of learning Spanish: third week report

    This is already the third week of my month of learning Spanish. This week again, I could not spend as much time learning Spanish as I had hoped but I managed to work on my Spanish skills every day. I am now writing my third week report. What I did this week (third week report) 15/11: 1 Duolingo story + 2 Duolingo exercises + review conjugation of comer, vivir and ser (indicative) 16/11: 1 Duolingo story + 1 Duolingo exercise 17/11: 1 Duolingo story + 2 Duolingo exercises + test go fluent (B2: COMPRENSIÓN AUDITIVA63%, COMPRENSIÓN LECTORA88%, GRAMÁTICA88%, VOCABULARIO75%) + Gofluent Vocabulario de horario de trabajo 18/11: 3 Duolingo exercises 19/11: 1 Duolingo story + 2…

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    The month of learning Spanish: second week report

    This has been a busy week again. Work was busy again, I had to take the children to the doctor again and I did not get enough sleep. There were days I really had to struggle to find a little time to work on my Spanish. Fortunately, I managed to practice Spanish a little everyday so I am still on track with my month of learning Spanish challenge. I am now writing my second week report.  What I did this week (second week report) 8/11: read 2 posts of the blog El blog para appender espanol (key en espanol + vocabulario de navidad) + 2 Duolingo exercises + 1 Duolingo…

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    The month of learning Spanish: first week report

    This week has been very busy. There was much to do at work. I had to take the children to the doctor. However, I could still work on my Spanish. I am happy about that. This post is a first week report of my month of learning Spanish. This is important because this will help me to define my learning strategy for the next weeks. What I did this week (first week report) 1/11: test + Duolingo 2 exercises 2/11: 3 Duolingo exercises + learn conjugation amar (indicative) 3/11: Duolingo story + 1 Duolingo exercise 4/11: 2 Duolingo stories + 5 Duolingo exercises 5/11: 1 Duolingo story + 6 Duolingo…

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    Awesome presents for Spanish learners

    As we enter November, we all begin to think about which Christmas presents to buy for our close ones. As this month is my month of learning Spanish, I decided to post a list of awesome presents for Spanish learners. I hope you can find some idea you like if one of your close ones is learning Spanish.  This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure page for more information. Awesome presents for Spanish learners A phrase-a-day Spanish calendar This calendar will enable you to learn Spanish all the year long. This is a great way to motivate you to work regularly. A visual dictionary This Spanish-English visual…

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    The month of learning Spanish: day 1

    For the first day of the month of learning Spanish, I took an online test to check my level of Spanish. I reached the level A1 but that was it. This shows that there is still work to do. However, the test enabled me to find out which points I should particularly work on. Vocabulary vs grammar When I took the test, I noticed that the questions I had difficulty with were grammar and conjugation question. On the other hand, I had no problem with vocabulary and reading comprehension.  I also did a few exercises on Duolingo. I could do them with little difficulty as these were mainly vocabulary exercises.…

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    The month of learning Spanish

    I had planned to brush up my Spanish this year but I was so busy with the blog, my job and the children that I hardly found time to work on the language. To deal with this problem, I decided to write several articles about learning Spanish on the blog. A November begins, I decided this would be my month of learning Spanish. That should be enough motivation to resume working on my Spanish skills. This month, I want to publish several posts on the topic. I want to both share my progresses in Spanish and give some tips to learn languages in general and Spanish more particularly.  Online free…

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    Learning several languages: experience, difficulties and objectives

    I am currently learning several languages, at very different levels. For each language, the difficulties and challenges are different. I am a native French speaker and I am currently learning or speaking German, English, Spanish and Irish. For each of these languages, my learning experience has been very different. French As I am a native French speaker, I do not have to „learn“ it. However, when you are living abroad and using another language most of the time, you can lose some fluency even in your mother tongue. As I know many other French people in Germany, I do not worry too much about my conversation skills but I plan…

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    How to raise bilingual children

    We do speak two languages at home, French and German. The children are exposed to both languages and we are trying to figure out how to raise bilingual children. This is not always easy and we are facing difficulties. Here is the list of the problems we faced and what we are doing to solve them. 1st difficulty: language inequality I am speaking French and my husband is speaking German. According to all the advice we read about raising bilingual children, it is best when each parent speaks only its language to the children, However, this did not really work for us. My husband’s French is not as good as…

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    How to choose which language to learn?

    Before you begin learning a new language, you have to choose which one you want to learn. This is an important decision as you are going to spend a huge amount of time working on this language. There are different ways to choose a language. Here are the main ones. Focus on career opportunities If you want to learn a language to boost your employability, you should ask yourself a few questions. It is important to consider the following things: where you are living: you will not need the same languages if you live in Europe, in North America or in Asia for instance which type of jobs are you…