Mi Vida Loca: Spanish Program
Thrifty Thursday: Mi Vida Loca
I recently stumbled upon a neat Spanish program on BBC Education’s website. My son Elijah is studying Beginner’s Spanish for his 8th grade year, and I have the wonderful pleasure of teaching him Beginner’s Spanish. I am not very fluent in Spanish verbally, as I haven’t been in practice with my speaking skills. I took two and a half years of Spanish when I was graduate school, and I still kept my textbooks.
Instead of purchasing a self-taught Spanish program for Elijah, I decided to take on the task of teaching him myself. Once he graduates to third year Spanish, I will more than likely need to purchase him a Spanish program. But I look at it this way, at least I get to brush up on my Spanish and we can learn together!
So back to Mi Vida Loca. I was surfing the net trying to find any free Spanish websites Elijah could use for supplemental studies. I came across the BBC Education website for a different school topic and noticed the BBC site features a Languages page. I discovered the site offers many different learning activities and resources for at least 40 different languages! (French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, German, Chinese, Greek…just name a few!)
Mi Vida Loca takes you on an intrigue mystery adventure to Madrid and beyond in 22 episodes, ca 10 min each, covering basic learning points for Spanish absolute beginners.
A learning section complements each episode. Go through the vocabulary and grammar in more detail and at your own pace, then complete activities for practice. -BBC Languages – Spanish
The series spans over 12 weeks, and it is not just a learning course. It is also an interactive drama, kind of like a TV series that draws the user into the story. The user is featured as a character in the story and the other characters talk to the user as if he is actually in the drama. It definitely sparked our interest!
The Mi Vida Loca lessons include studies in:
- Learning the times and days
- How buy travel tickets
- The formal “you”
- How to shop in the store
- How to order a meal
- Greetings and Introductions
- How to talk about the weather
- How to ask about property
- and so much more!
The Mi Vida Loca also features a test at the end of the series. The series is mainly for if you were going to be touring/visiting a Spanish-speaking location, but I think it can be used for good practice if a student is studying Spanish in general.
What we like about Mi Vida Loca:
- Free of charge! We like free!
- Interactive and visual lessons
- English and Spanish subtitle are offered in the episodes.
- A guide is presented in each episode. If a student needs help, she can click on the guide for further assistance. For example, if the student needs help pronouncing a word, the guide will provide the pronunciation.
- Lessons are formatted in a way which interests the student. You won’t get bored easily because it is as if you are watching television.
- Hearing Spanish pronounced and spoken by Spanish-speaking people. This really helps Elijah hear how Spanish is spoken in Spanish-speaking regions. My Spanish is a little more Americanized. It’s good for him to hear Spanish in its true form.
- A test is featured at the end of the series to test your knowledge and skills.
- The student can learn the basics of every day life such as how to order food at a restaurant, how to speak in formal situations, and how to shop in a store.
- The student can go through the lessons at his own pace.
- The episodes are not very long– 10 minutes each.
- Weekly reminders are delivered to your email inbox to remind you to complete your weekly Spanish lesson.
- The site offers a syllabus and printouts along with grammar notes and vocabulary lists. The instructor could use this for further instruction or review.
Here is the link to the Teacher’s Guide on Mi Vida Loca. This section provides more in-depth information about the program:
I highly recommend BBC Education’s Mi Vida Loca series. My son is really enjoying the web series, and I am also participating in the series to help me brush up on my Spanish.
Do you have any recommendations for (free) Spanish supplemental sources? I would love to hear your feedback!
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Posted on September 26, 2013, in Education, Homeschool, Recommended..., Thrifty Thursday and tagged BBC, BBC Education, BBC Languages, Beginner's Spanish, children, Education, educational, Elijah, homeschool, Mi Vida Loca, parenting, postaday, postaweek, recommendation, Spanish, Spanish language, supplemental educational resources, Thrifty Thursday. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a Comment.