Katerina
Do you practice the language you are learning at home with your family? When I was learning Spanish, my family always had the goal to speak only in Spanish for certain periods of time every week but, unfortunately, it didn´t work out for us. Despite this, most of us learned Spanish but I´m sure that we would have progressed faster if we had practiced at home. What about you? Do you practice the language that you are learning at home with your spouse and children? Why or why not? And if you do, what tips do you have for other students to do the same thing successfully?
Mar 18, 2017 11:00 PM
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I grew up around Spanish and English. However, I was one of those kids who spoke "Spanglish" (neither good in Spanish nor English!). Anyway, I try to speak only Spanish to my grandparents (they only speak Spanish), my parents are bilingual,but mostly speak to me in English (unless they are yelling at me, they switch to Spanish...). But I switch my technology devices to Spanish, it forces me to figure it out since I need my cellphone and ipad. I put Spanish subtitles on my T.V., and watch my morning news in Spanish. I also mimic alot of what I watch, I listen to how the person talks and how they say it. Then I mimic how they say it, so that it's native sounding.

My fiance and I are both learning Spanish, but we don't do a good job talking as much as we should together in Spanish. It's more small talk then we go back to English.


March 23, 2017

Well, in my family we didn't use that , because only me and my brother speak English... Our parents speak only Ukrainian, so that's theoretically impossible to spend days speaking English.


But hopefully I can use this strategy with my kids(If I would have one), and I think it can help a lot.

March 18, 2017

It seems quite appealing to me that I can practice my target language with my family at home but it is a pity the primary language is more useful to exchange opinions in day-to-day life. Accordingly I basically do not think that manner can work well in my family.

However, the alternative option you may take into account is to arrange a period of time when all members in the family have to speak the target language and keep it on for a couple of months at least. The period of time in practice does not have to last for a long time each day and perhaps 30 minutes is quite enough if you keep on the practice persistently.   

October 16, 2017
Hola me gustaría aprender inglés no se si los dos nos podemos apoyar.
March 19, 2017
I don't practice it with my family, but I try to use it whenever I can, even think in that language.
March 18, 2017
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