I'm ready for today's challenge! I love this weekly reminder to speak in the ml. I accidentally said something to my husband in the ML this morning, then realized it and quickly repeated it in the ml... Oops!
You're hardcore, Alison. When the kids are sleeping, we allow ourselves to use the ML... I don't know who said this is like quitting smoking (was it you, Amy?) and it's true... I need my daily fix of speaking to my husband in my own language.
Beginnings are always hard, but we're still in February and you're already working on it, so I'd say it's looking good.
Haha! I'm not hardcore enough to attempt evening ml for the whole of March but I can try it for one day a week. I realised I should be making more use of the fact my husband is a native speaker.
Unfortunately my son had other plans and was really unsettled all evening so I only had about 15 minutes with my husband before I had to start going up and down trying to settle my son and then I gave up and used ML as I wasn't in the mood to persevere. My husband and I spend such a small amount of time together on weekdays and much of our communication is repetitive and based around the basics of food and nappies! That's why I also tried to listen to podcasts in ml too.
I think I should try making signs to put up for ml March to remind us both to use it. My husband is worse than I am at remembering.
Best of luck with your efforts, everyone! I look forward to hearing the highlights!
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Caro C.: OMG I just came across this song and it filled my heart with joy and excitement...perfect for all of us who are parents: youtu.be/g1fcnhB8GOY
May 19, 2019 14:01:55 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Caro, thanks for sharing that lovely song. Raffi was one of our very favorite musicians when my kids were small. We listened to him all the time. I highly recommend his albums as a source of very enjoyable and very effective English input.
May 20, 2019 15:32:26 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter is on a field trip this week and I feel like I've lost my main purpose
May 20, 2019 20:03:33 GMT 9
Raquel: That's cute, Mayken. I hope you enjoyed all that extra free time.
May 29, 2019 18:17:39 GMT 9
SheilaC: I am concern about our upcoming big change to Public school with all English teaching and minimal Spanish. We have been lucky until now with Spanish speaking Nanny and Spanish immersion preschool. We are doing 2-day per week with Spanish after school.
May 31, 2019 10:51:49 GMT 9
Amy: @sheilac, I suggest you create an actual thread on the "Questions & Concerns" board, so fellow Zoo Keepers can help you with your concerns. 256 characters is too little to discuss something that is so important to your heart
Jun 2, 2019 23:44:41 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam Beck, thanks for that very interesting and timely post - it justifies the large order for ml books and DVDs I'm about to place in view of my daughters upcoming birthday!
Jun 3, 2019 23:46:00 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Great to hear this, Mayken! And happy birthday to both yours and mine! (They have the same birthday, don't they?) And if anyone missed that post, here's the link once more...
Jun 4, 2019 8:03:42 GMT 9