Monthly Archives: Jun 2013

5 Best Foreign Language Summer Ideas

 

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# 1 – Playa- Let’s go to the beach and enjoy summer fun while learning a foreign language or reviewing vocabulary which is often forgotten when teaching children the basics of any language. Words like Palo/Cubo for bucket or Sombrilla for Umbrella, Toalla for Towel, Gafas de sol – Sun Glasses and so much more.

 

 

#2 – Play games – When you head to the shore, you had talked and used the vocabulary and things you like about the beach, me gusta, no me gusta….well, let’s take it to the next level, I have made a scavenger hunt list and given to my son with Concha- Sea Shell, Arena- Sand, Pez, when he brings his net or Cangrejo – Crab (for sand crabs), so amazing to see all the fun he had while checking off the items and the prize was a Paleta – Popsicle! 

 

#3 – Musica – Sing songs. Are you ready for a long road trip? Bring music along, sing in the car! Teach your child La bamba, De Colores and many other traditional songs. 

 

#4 – Crafts – Let’s make a Papalote – Kite,  some maracas with paper plates, decorate a dollar store bucket with sharpies, making it unique and using special beach words. 

 

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#5- Summer is also about food! I divide my vocabulary list in fruits, treats, main dishes and drinks and have a picnic in your backyard! My son and I do that often and also in the creek behind our house, we need to name and talk about what we are going to eat, before we get to it! Challenge them with a fruit salad, whoever names more fruit pieces, gets ice cream with the dessert!

I use these ideas for Spanish and Portuguese! Please share your ideas on having summer fun bilingual way! 

 

Above all, have fun, enjoy your summer/verano!  Claudia Krusch – Bilingual Buddies      

 

On the road to Disney

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When I was invited to the Disney on the Road event, I was extremely happy because Disney is on the my favorite places on earth! I had my first trip there when I was 12, still living in Brazil and it was also my first bilingual experience, as I helped most of the people in my bus buy things! Had compliments from store sales people for my English, that experience shaped my confidence towards my foreign language skills and open the doors to what became a successful career!

I remember hearing the Disney staff asking where did you learn English, have you ever lived here? Their kind words and gratitude for my help set an image that would never leave me! That was the first time I thought, I will live in this country one day! Who would know those words would come true and I would moving 20 years later!

Since then, I had been back many times and every time is a different experience of colors, languages in the air, flavors in the restaurants, chats on the lines to the rides, it all brings back memories from my childhood tinted by new colors and new flavors. That is one of the best Disney qualities, that new familiar feeling every time you visit it

As a bilingual parent and a foreign language instructor, I have a plan to bring my son to Disney next year and share my love for the place while sharing my favorite rides! The event definitely sparkled my interest to make the trip as soon as possible with the new rides and improvements they are making!

Disney on the road’s speakers in NYC brought me back to that happy place, that magical feeling I felt when I was twelve that I was powerful and could grow and do anything!

5 Last Minute Father’s Day Gifts!

5 Last Minute

Father’s Day Gifts

 

I know, are you like me? Last minute, running around without knowing what to get? Worse, your husband tells you he does not need anything!!! Instant headache!

So I have the answer for you!  Five last minute gifts to look like you spent months planning to get it!

 

# 1 Gift Cards 

You will say why did you not think of that? Buying a gift card to your husband favorite store, to that restaurant he’s been talking about, to the store that sells his golf, fishing or books! At the end, it’s all about him!

#2 Indulge His Hobbies

He talks about wanting to learn to play the guitar, buy that new phone to be up-to-date with technology, fishing, cooking foreign language lessons, the sky is the limit! You know he would never splurge on his hobbies, so you will save the day and do it!

#3 Photo Frame

Purchase a digital photo frame and add all the favorite family pictures and wrap it in a nice gift box, it’s all about the caja, right?

#4 Go Digital

Always looking for the new gadgets, chances are that the father in your life will cover you with besos after you hand him the newest exercise band, the coolest wine opener with LED lights or solar cell phone chargers! Brookestone, Bed,Bath and Beyond and other great stores carry those products. Pinterest is a great place to look for ideas.

#5 Homemade Barbecue Kit

Does your father, husband, boyfriend likes to grill? Well, surprise him by gathering new grills tools, an apron which can be customized at the kiosks at the mall, a grilling recipe book, skewers and many other items that will make him smile and help your next barbecue be a great hit! He may be adventurous and make a parrillada or a Brazilian churrasco! Ole!

Now you are probably asking, what have I decided to do? Guess what? Nothing yet, after all it’s not last minute if it’s not really last minute! Check out our facebook page for my gift pic and comments and share what you have chosen and if you liked our ideas, amiga!

Saludos,

Claudia K.