Hola hipsteros, it’s been a while but I’m back.
I have lots to report, but first up I wanted to let you know that I am attempting to memorise a textbook. My 13-year-old son is learning Spanish in high school, and for various reasons that I will explore in another post, I think that the way his studies have been arranged, he is almost guaranteed to have the typical secondary high school language experience of at a least a year of study, followed by failure to be able to communicate, and the conclusion that learning a language is just too hard.
So, together we are studying, with the assistance of Anki, Madrigal’s Magic Key to Spanish. We have been going through it for five weeks now and are almost at the end of Chapter 7. There are 45 chapters in all, so we should well and truly finish it by the end of the school year here in the southern hemisphere.
I am doing this because he is interested in mythology, history, religions, art and science, and I can easily envisage him having to learn another language in the future in order to further his career. When that time comes, I want him to believe that he is capable of learning another language. And the best way I can think of doing that is to teach him an effective way of learning another language now.
I will report on our progress as we make our way through the course.