Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Do Small Changes Equal Big Results?

Photo By Dominik Gwarek
I've been making small changes in hopes that they'll lead to big results. Based on reading blogs like Spanish Only and AJATT, I feel pretty confident in what I am doing.

I am so busy these days with work, starting a new business, watching the baby, and studying for a class- I feel like I don't really have room to add Spanish in there. So I am trying to ease it in as much as possible.

I usually have some background noise going when I'm working so I've added a "Spanish Contemporary" station to my Pandora account.

I've found some books that I've been wanting to read that are also available in Spanish. The 5 Love Languages and The Power of a Praying Parent have been on my list for awhile. Now I'll read them en espanol.

I've been stocking up on books, cds, and dvds for the baby. The library is a good resource for "try before you buy".

Then there's all the movies we already have with a Spanish soundtrack. I'm trying to watch one a day at least.  I must say that the Spanish soundtrack for "I Love Lucy" is lacking. One minute it will be in Spanish and then the next minute it will be right back to "But Ricky, can't I be in the show?" Weird.

Plus I've recently started doing the Platiquemos FSI Spanish and Learning Spanish Like Crazy audio courses. I've had my eye on these for years so I'm happy to be going through them. Right now LSLC is very easy for me- but it's a good review so I don't mind that. I'd recommend it for beginners. Platiquemos started off easy, but now it keeps me on my toes. I don't think I'd recommend a total newbie start with this course. Maybe I'll write more about them later.

Up Next...
Start attending a Spanish-speaking church.
Enroll in a weekly class where Bean can meet other Spanish-learning babies.
Find some storybooks that come with an audio cd for the baby.
Start shopping in the Spanish-speaking areas around here.  

By the way, if you ever see a link to Amazon on this blog, assume it's an affiliate link. It's a habit. Thanks.

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