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For Christmas, Will got me all 5 levels of Rosetta Stone French. (This gift came with a new laptop two weeks later since RS only works on Windows 7 or higher; our desktop has XP. I’m loving the new computer [which has 8.1] and the language program!) If you’ve read my blog for very long at all, you’ll know that we’re teaching our children French for their foreign language. You’ll also know that I’ve tried numerous things over the past year in my quest to find something that will work for our family. I’ve explored (and done reviews of) French Essentials on SchoolhouseTeachers.com, Mango Languages, and Middlebury Interactive Languages. While all of these programs had their strengths and weaknesses, none of them were quite right for us in the long term.
Since we’ve started Rosetta Stone, I feel like we’ve all really started excelling in our French studies. The biggest beneficiary seems to be Will; he’s a lot more focused using RS than he was on any of the other programs. It was his idea to spend a weekend afternoon doing the activity I want to talk about today.
Using the words we’ve learned so far in our studies, Will and I concocted a list of things we would be likely to see at the local Fred Meyer. (For those of you who don’t know about Fred Meyer stores, they’re very much like a WalMart super center. They have groceries, but also clothes, toys, home decor, a deli, a Starbucks, and more.) After we made two copies of the list, we went to the store and split into teams. Will took Seahawk and Small Fry along with the regular camera (his phone battery was dead), and I took Munchkin and my phone. We allotted ourselves half an hour to find the things on the list, which was written completely in French (RS uses as close to an immersion technique as you can get without traveling). Our list included:
- un œuf (an egg)
- une fille et un vélo (a girl and a bike)
- du café (coffee)
- un chat (a cat)
- un chien et un homme (a dog and a man)
- un homme et un vélo (can you figure this one out? … a man and a bike)
- un homme conduit une voiture (a man drives a car)
- un garçon conduit pas (a boy does not drive)
- une fille conduit (a girl drives)
- du riz (rice)
- des pommes (apples)
- une femme et un stylo (a woman and a pen)
- un homme lit un journal (a man reads a newspaper)
- des poissons (fish)
- ils courent (they run)
- un fille marche (a girl walks)
- un garçon mange (a boy eats)
- un homme boit (a man drinks)
- une femme boit (a woman drinks)
- un enfant boit (a child drinks)
There were virtually no rules on how we could find the items, only that we were to find and photograph as many of the items in the time period as we could. We could ask people to pose for pictures for us, we could find pictures of the items on magazines, DVDs, books, etc…, or we could do pretty much anything else to get the picture we needed. It was a lot of fun!
Here are some of the best pictures from our afternoon (with French captions; refer to the list above for translations).
We plan to do this kind of activity again, especially as we move forward with our language learning and add vocabulary to our repertoires. And having done this activity once now, we’ll be able to make modifications to have a smoother event next time.
Wendy—what a fun idea! I just love it. It makes me remember un petit peu of my schoolgirl French. (Which I never use nowadays.)
I love your new header. It’s just like you….charming, cheerful and fun!
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Hi Wren! Thanks so much for stopping by :). We don’t use the French much either (yet), but we’re saving up for a trip. The goal is to make it over to France for a month in 2016.
Thank you so much for the follow. I’m thrilled that you’ve decided to do that :D.
Blessings to you!
Oh my goodness how fun! We are teaching our kids French as well, and I used to be fluent but need a brush up! 🙂
That’s awesome that you were fluent in French! I’ve never been fluent, but I took three years of the language in high school. But that was a very long time ago, and while I know more than the rest of my family, I certainly am not even approaching fluent like I was then (I like to think I was approaching fluency then anyway, lol). Thanks so much for stopping by to comment 🙂
Sanz @ From The Mrs.
That’s a really fun activity, Wendy! I love that you guys are studying French, I hope you really enjoy Rosetta Stone (and that new computer!) How do your boys life French?
Rosetta Stone is really neat. We’re all enjoying it. Each lesson is MUCH more involved than the last, so you learn a lot really fast. We’ve been taking a week per lesson (even if we get good scores) to make sure we’re retaining it all. The boys like French because there’s so much Spanish at church – they like the idea of a “Secret Language” since all the other kids have one, lol.