Monthly Archives: Mar 2013

Best Bilingual Apps

 

In this first post, I will be sharing our favorite posts for learning Spanish:

Some of the parents of my students have asked me for apps recently. I have then looked for apps, not only for the languages that I teach, but others as well.

Based on online reviews and my own experience, these are my favorites!

Spanish Apps

 

Handy Manny’s Flashcard Fiesta


 
Latin American Spanish with Doki for iPad
 
doki

You’ll traverse the language-rich land of Doki, checking in to different attractions and learning words in logical groupings. Time to visit the restaurant or la agencia de viajes! The Doki app even breaks up the learning into two age-appropriate categories, one for those ages 7 to 14, and another for those of us ages 15 and up.

http://www.theiphoneappreview.com/2012/12/learn-basic-latin-american-spanish-with-doki-for-ipad/

Peekaboo Barn 

barn

Animals appear behind barn doors, children will be amazed by tapping into each door!

http://nightanddaystudios.com/app/peekaboo-barn/

Kidztory 

chicken-little_1

You can listen to classics in Spanish, English and Cantonese!

http://www.kidztory.com/the-little-red-hen/

 

Noah Compreende

noah1

Great app with games, videos and so much more! Noah is also a cartoon, where everybody speaks Spanish and Noah tries to figure out the word in Spanish. One of my favorites!

 

http://pbskids.org/noah/

 

Please share if you liked them and your experienced with using them!

 

Easter Bundle!

 

I decided to share some of our Spanish worksheets used at our classes at EasyLearn Languages!

The worksheets offer Easter Coloring pages, Flashcards and dominoes. If you teach another language you can easily remove the word and substitute for your language!

I hope you enjoy!

Click on the link to download your free:

Happy-Easter-coloring

Easter-Flash-Cards

Easter-Dominoes

Saludos!

Portuguese or Porcacheese??

porco

I went to teach Portuguese last week and I the 4 year old greeted me yelling, Mom, the Porcacheese teacher is here! LOL
I asked little john, after all our classes, let’s say the name of the language we are learning, he stopped me and answered: Portugues!
I said great, now tell me in English: he said Porcacheese! I told him Portuguese! He said, no gramma, said Porcacheese, when she was here…..and he would not let me say anything else.
What puzzles me, is that he is great with the language classes, but he insists with the term Porcacheese!
That brings me to thinking what is more important, the core of the language itself or details?? I have no doubt that John knows what Portuguese means, even though, he calls it Porcacheese, so I made a choice to ignore the detail and focus on the core of my teaching which is enable this child with all the tools to communicate with his family in Brazil, to help him understand culture, food, comic books, songs his mom heard when she was little and help him love every minute of it!
I made a choice to keep him engaged and having fun, instead of insisting on something which is not really important in the target language learning process, which might cause irreparable damage to our teacher/student relationship and all for what?
I embraced Porcacheese and even came home and taught my son, told my parents, another story among all the amazing stories my students help me collect as precious memories of my teaching best moments! The best lesson was that language is not static, it evolves and children are active subjects while learning a foreign language, while their brain is trying to make sense of the new grammar, the new sounds, the new arrangement and new rules! Thankfully all that is translated into a fun experience in programs like ours! Let your child create, let them make up new words, let them learn!

+                                                                                                         Porc + cheese = Porcacheese! A new word is formed! 

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