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About LSJ-8

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    Spanish, ASL
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  1. I use Goodreads all the time. I love this website. There are some users who write out well articulated, thought out reviews of books (sometimes with spoilers, sometimes without) and then there are users (like me) who simply give it a rating and move on. I use it a great deal to check out "the hot new books" being released to see if they worth the read or if a series is coming to an end to get an idea of how it ended, before I pick up the book.
  2. This is why I take everything I read on the internet with a grain of salt. Some people think that they are "experts" but really have no idea what they are talking about. The internet is a dangerous place to get information, because information spreads so quickly on the internet and if it is false information.... That being said, I agree with Barburra that it happens to everyone, not just authors.
  3. I don't think that any degree is worthless, it just depends on what you do with it. For her line of work, a degree in English Literature is smart. She is an actress from the United Kingdom. The U.K. seems to love their literary history (as they should) and many, many films out of the U.K. (and even the U.S.) are based in English literature and/or history. For the average person, I think a degree in English Literature is only beneficial if they intend to teach at a university level.
  4. Forgive my ignorance in this matter, but does it then make it easier to learn French if you already know Spanish, because the way of speaking is similar? I have heard people (and I don't know whether this is correct or not) say that once you know Spanish, you can pick up Portuguese in a heartbeat, since they are so close. Would say that this is accurate or not at all?
  5. As I have mentioned in previous threads and my introduction, my three year old and I are learning Spanish. I'm looking for some good, kid friendly cartoons in Spanish. I didn't want to just google or youtube them, because I am not fluent (not even close) and I want trustworthy materials. We've watched a few of his favorite DVDs in Spanish, but I'm hoping to find something that is spoken in Spanish that is indicative of the Spanish and/or Mexican culture.
  6. Thank you. We only live a few hours from Mexico, so obviously our emphasis on what they use in South America. However, we would like to take a trip to Europe in a few years (when the kids are older) and I was wondering what differences we would run into. As a Native Spanish Speaker do you find the differences easy or difficult to contend with? I'm a native English speaker and when I was in Europe, they spoke British English and I was able to quickly figure out what someone was saying (or trying to say), even though British English is different from American English. I will probably take y
  7. This is exactly why my children (ages 3 and 10 months) are in the process of learning Spanish and ASL now, rather than later. By the time children are between the ages of 6 to 8, their brain has been wired for one language if that is all they have been exposed to. The brain automatically filters out any sounds that are attached to their language. This is why adults have such a difficult time learning a second language. Their brain is wired to filter out and ignore those sounds. Children who learn a second language are also able to pick up a third, fourth, etc. much easier (even if they st
  8. We are teaching my son Spanish and are planning to move into letting him watch Mexican cartoon and his favorite cartoons translated into Spanish, once he has a better grasp of the language. I've subbed in a few ESL classrooms and every time I have subbed the plans have been the same: Watching a movie in English.
  9. I absolutely adore To Kill a Mockingbird. I taught this book to my 8th grade students and is always a big hit. They learn about racism in the deep south, get some information about life during the Great Depression, and is filled with so many great character lessons... without beating you over the head with them. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
  10. My son (age 3) and I are in the process of learning Spanish together. We've been watching the Little Pim DVDs (and listening to the CDs). My son repeats what Pim says and has only just now start to apply it to his life, so we're doing good so far. I figure we'll stick with the Little Pim DVDs for a while and then switch to maybe watching his favorite movies in Spanish, instead of in English.
  11. There are a lot of language learning apps available for my iphone, but I'm looking for one that is kid friendly and focuses on Spanish. The free ones are okay, but not really what I'm looking for. I would hate to pay for an app that didn't live up to its expectations. Does anyone have any experience with kid friendly Language learning apps and can you recommend one?
  12. I would like to pick up German again, unfortunately I don't think it is in the cards for the near future. I haven't met a single German speaking individual (aside from the occasional foreign exchange student) in our area. Where we live Spanish is pretty predominant and I think it is important for us to put our emphasis there. I still have all of my German language learning tools and am unwilling to part with them. I do wish to return to Germany at some point, so I may have need for them again... someday.
  13. For me, this is very true. I spoke German pretty well (couldn't read or write it to save my life) when I lived in Germany. I was able to get around well enough. However, it has been about 7 (maybe 8?) years since I was immersed in German culture and now I can only count to ten. :/ I couldn't ask for directions or order a meal to save my life. It's sad.
  14. My son (who is 3) and I are learning Spanish together. We live in the Southwestern United States and I was wondering what the differences are between Mexican Spanish and Spanish that is spoken in Spain? We live only a few hours from Mexico, so obviously our focus is on the Mexican dialect and grammar. However, I would like to be aware (and have my son be aware) of the differences in Spanish. I know a great deal about the differences between American English and British English (as I am an American in love with British culture, literature, and TV). The differences in spellings and grammar
  15. Good Evening, one and all! My handle is LSJ-8. You can call me LSJ or SJ if you would like. LSJ stands for Lady Sarah Jane and 8 is my favorite number. I am a stay at home mom and part time substitute teacher. I live the southwestern United States. I spent six months studying aboard in Germany. I knew German well enough while I lived there to get around, to ask questions, order food, and apologize (a lot!). That was eight years ago. Now... sadly, I know very little of it. However, I haven't used it, so I lost it. My children are 3 and 10 months. My 3 year old knows approximately a
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