Foreign Language Study

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We are being ambitious with our foreign language study this year. We are making (very slow) progress in several languages at once: Arabic (Honeybee’s lovely calligraphy is above), Mandarin, and Spanish. We are using the book Alif Baa to learn the Arabic writing system, and Total Arabic for conversation. We’ve only done the first few lessons in each so not a lot of progress to report. We also learned an Arabic alphabet song from a youtube video–we love free resources!

For Mandarin, right now we’re using the online version of My First Chinese words from Better Chinese. Honestly, this has been mostly a familiarization exercise. I would like to do more, but I know even less Mandarin than I do Arabic. We did find an audio version of the Bible in Mandarin and memorized John 1:1, which we added to our memory work rotation.

We are doing a group Spanish class with some friends, using La Clase Divertida curriculum. La Clase Divertida is a fun, light introduction to the language. Honeybee has also been working through Getting Started With Spanish, which gives an easy introduction to Spanish grammar.

Except for Spanish, I am learning right along with the kids. I enjoy language study, and I want my children to view foreign languages and cultures as more approachable than intimidating. I think I am succeeding at least in this; recently Honeybee told me she wanted to study ancient Greek, so I got her set up with Elementary Greek and she happily set to work learning the alphabet. She’s ahead of me on that one already!

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2 Responses to Foreign Language Study

  1. Tracy says:

    Ooh! Glad to see new posts here! :) For language training – i just discovered Duolingo.com…. i’m studying french… its a great little website… :)

  2. thegardener says:

    You’re right Tracy, Duolingo is awesome. I’ve used it a bit myself to work on German, but haven’t yet introduced my kids to it. Honeybee might be ready to tackles Spanish–I should let her try it out.

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