Learn a Language as a Family

Many American families are fortunate to have family members who speaks another language and can teach their younger family members. For those of us who aren’t so lucky, here are a few ways to embrace and begin learning a second language as a family.


  1. Choose a language. Ask your children what language interests them. Think about peers who speak another language and how they can help you learn and use it because if you don’t use it, you WILL lose it.
  2. Set a REASONABLE time commitment. If you don’t set a reasonable goal, you will not succeed. I have a 15 minute a day commitment. 5 minute morning review and 10 minute afternoon/evening lessons. On weekends we do a review and watch a cartoon like Pepe the Pig in the language.
  3. Download apps and set up accounts. I like a variety of learning methods. I like and use the FREE versions of the language websites/apps: Busuu, Duolingo, and Memrise. Choose one or more and get started. Use progress tacking templates below and set up Quizlet account to add vocabulary words and phrases to practice.
  4. Surround Sound: Watch TV shows (use Netflix language settings), listen to music (Earworms), go to restaurants where the language is spoken, and find ways to be around native speakers. I also like to use Verbling 1 day a week for a private lesson for us. I like the ability to learn in my own home for a reasonable price.
  5. REWARDS! Set up a weekly chart to track progress each month. If goals are achieved gives small or build up to a large one. An example is a trip to the ice cream store or a specific amount of money toward a family trip to a country where the language is spoken.

Progress Tracking Template ExamplesDaily-Language-Tracker      Monthly-Language-Goal-Tracker
Favorite Translation Websites: Google Translate, Bing Translator, Linguee, Spanish Dict
Favorite Language Apps: Busuu, DuolingoMemrise, and Earworms (Learn with music: $10 download for 1 language)



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