As we leave our classrooms for the summer we don't leave behind our daily quest to become bilingual or multilingual. It would be most interesting to hear how your family is maintaining and improving their linguistic skills while on school holiday.
I for one have taken the Oak Park Public Library along with me to Brussels Belgium. Did you know that you can access the Rosetta Stone Language Learning program simply by using your Oak Park Library card and the last four digits of your phone number? As long as you have an internet connection, you're plugged into a great FREE, language program. I'm practicing my French online using Rosetta Stone during the day and then trying out my new vocabulary at night with friends here in Brussels.
The Rosetta Stone program would be great for anyone, adult or child who wants to practice listening, speaking reading and writing over the summer. It is available in many languages, this might be a great time to try out German, Arabic, Italian or any of the other languages offered.
One doesn't have to leave the United States to hone their linguistic skills. Maybe your family has some favorite ethnic restaurants, or great foreign films that you enjoy watching together. If you hear of a special cultural event please let us know so we can share it.
I know several Oak Park families who are hosting exchange students from other countries this summer, and sending their children abroad as well. Does anyone know anyone attending Concordia Language Village in Minnesota this summer?
Feel free to share any ideas you have, we learn best from each other.