Spanish food market


Market is unique place to learn a language.¬†Arriving to Spain without knowing the language was challenging, but learning along market stalls was a very delicious language learning experience ūüôā¬†I learnt all simple fruits and vegetable and simple tapas names by trying.

After getting married to my Spanish husband, I immersed more in culture. My mother-in-law took me with her several times to the market. It was extremely useful to  about the products as most of the time you are amazed by the variety and the essential-how to choose well.

There is a large number of food markets in Spain, the large ones are in Cadiz, Madrid, Barcelona.

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In Spain you not only buy food, but try and eat it. You will be served a glass of beer and you will eventually have a conversation with someone next to you.

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see yourself how many of the dishes are cooked

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and also try tons of sweets

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With our daughter we buy groceries in many places,including farmer`s market, it is easy when you can take in your hand an object, explore its texture, name it and taste it. Every time is an opportunity to learn!! When you travel check out the world great market. If you are also passionate about photography check out this website for tips to take pictures in the market.

Top 5 Family Traditions for Multilingual Families


Our family just started multilingual journey, however, we are constantly thinking how to incorporate languages into our family routine, make it a pleasant time for everyone so speaking another language is enjoyable and natural.

Here are our top 5 family traditions for multilingual families:

1. make a quote book of your kids while they learn languages. Children always invent their own language, mix languages in the own fun and unusual way, invent their own words,etc. My mother used to recall many of my languages expressions even when I was already an adult and we laughed. Or maybe your kids will write stories/poems in different languages that would be also great to save.

Or perhaps while watching cartoons/movies you will find some fun language to save and make jokes. For Soviet kids many cartoon quotes drifted into conversation, our family liked using many:

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or  if your children are over 10 you can make idioms book in your language. There are many ways:

Рif you have pets or choose a particular object and  find all language expressions with them  and make drawings, pictures to explain these idioms

here is a cute album with Spanish expressions with cats

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‚ÄúSomos cuatro gatos‚ÄĚ (Literal translation:¬†We are four cats.What it actually means:¬†It‚Äôs a small group of people)

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(photo credit:alibis.com; learneglishfreeonline.com)

2. make quality get together time to discuss in your language best of the day/week/month over tea/kefir/wine, etc

3. choose books/songs for each other to read in your language. we like to read and sing karaoke

4. make personalized ABC book of your daily life/trips

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our daughter`s first book is in three languages:

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5. make a year in review (or holiday journal review) using your language:

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(make notes during family time or mark in your calendars the most important events)