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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…