Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Update on French

I am very proud to say that Diego has mastered his colors, numbers, and the words for please, thank you, hello, and good-bye in French. We rented a Brainy Baby video and I was surprised how much French we were both able to learn. He will now randomly say a color in French and after we count something in Spanish we always recount it in French. I am very encouraged.

Next on the agenda: Some of my blogging friends have directed me toward some great websites and even classes in my area. (Merci!) Because of time constraints we are going to continue renting videos from the library and visiting websites for now. I have tried to check out some simple vocabulary books but the French pronunciation is SO difficult for me. I am used to the word sounding like it is spelled like in Spanish. I am hoping to get Diego (and possibly me) into some sort of class this summer when we have more time.

Other news: I am taking a break from the weekly "Toys" post for a couple of weeks. Right now the boys spend 90% of there time playing with playdoh and various blocks. I will let you know when I will be back.

5 comments:

  1. Sounds like You're making fantastic progress! There's a lot of overlap between French and Spanish, so things should get a lot easier once you work out the pronunciation.

    Muzzy is another great French resource that I don't think I mentioned before, if your library has it. I would love to own it, but it's way outside our budget...

    We've just started up weekly French play dates with some friends, and I'm hoping to get more serious about French in our household...

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  2. C'est magnifique! I like the Brainy Baby French DVD too, although it doesn't offer everything I'd like to see in a language-teaching DVD for kids.

    (By the way, I'm still planning on posting a summary of my favorite French resources for kids. I'll let you know when that's up. Of course, you'll probably have heard everything by then! Oh well.)

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  3. I'm so impressed! I speak French pretty well, but I'd like to teach Crumpet Spanish and learn it with him. I'm like you though - I can't pick up a book and work out the pronunciations. Our library is a pretty poor resource as far as language learning is concerned. So I'm hoping to find a class after we move, or purchase a program. We'll see. Keep up the amazing work!

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  4. This is awesome - what a wonderful gift to give Diego so early in life. We really need to pick up our efforts here. Anna plays almost exclusively with Lego - so also not a whole lot to report on toys front :)

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  5. oh la la, tres bien! that is great news! btw, i did make some flash cards for dd, and she is thrilled with them! she asks me several times a day to do her "quiz"! that little stinker understands a lot more than she was letting on! i will do a post about it so you can see the whole story!

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