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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Cinco de Mayo! Learning Spanish

Hola! Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Running low here on the Spanish vocabulary. Given that our sailing plan puts us in Mexican waters, Central America, and South America for a year, we believe it is a good idea to learn Spanish. As a family, how best do we do that? We have a 4 year old and a 2 year old. Videos! While Dora the Explorer is fun for the girls, it really doesn't provide enough Spanish vocabulary building for us to actually operate in Latin America.

At the moment, we are in the throws of teaching Dy how to talk. How are we doing that? Using picture books and kiddie videos, so that is what we will be doing for our Spanish lessons. We will obtain the materials used by Spanish speaking families to teach their own children, and use them to teach all of us.

I've been out to EBay and I see a number of such tools for $5 or less. This should be fun!

Oh, and Cinco de Mayo is the day used to observe the Mexican army's victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.



  1. Try this... http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca/

    and of course Rosetta Stone is very good too. I took some Continuing Ed courses at our local Junior College. But Rosetta Stone is more portable and pretty much the same dollar wise. I think it's an investment well spent.

  2. @jomamma: Awesome awesome awesome link Jomamma. Perfect! Gracias!

  3. Check this out... its free.


    We use Pimsleur courses. They are excellent but NOT free.


  4. I plan on just using my iphone with something like a jibbigo app. The phone won't work, but the apps will. :) (Kind of like the future star trek translator)
    That should take care of our needs in France and other places as well.

  5. @Mike: Thanks Mike! That fsi-language link has a ton of languages! Wow. And all the "tapes" for the language classes as audio files. Thanks!

    @Joe: "The future is already here - it is just unevenly distributed" - William Gibson, and Jibbigo certainly proves it. Cool stuff Joe. Thank you.


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