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Why #iShareLingo

by Jordan A. Parry

Did you know that ShareLingo has new classes starting EVERY week?

Did you know that placement in the correct ShareLingo level is extremely easy (and can even be done by phone)?

Did you know that ShareLingo is the ONLY reliable way to make sure you get to actually practice your Spanish with a real native speaker in a low-pressure, immersion-style setting?

Did you know that ShareLingo is just like having a private tutor, but for a FRACTION of the cost?

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Let me introduce myself.  My name is Jordan, and, as of this week, I’ve only been with the ShareLingo team for a month.  But it hasn’t taken me long to realize that this is the only practical way to learn a foreign language.  I’m hooked!

We have all taken traditional classes or used programs like Rosetta Stone or Pimsleur.  I have nothing bad to say about those methods–in fact, I use them myself!  But the big part that’s missing is the conversation practice.  You can write grammar rules and verb conjugations in a notebook until you are blue in the face, but the only way to truly improve is to practice your speaking with actual native speakers who can make minor (or major) corrections to your pronunciation and usage.

We all know this, intuitively.  That’s why so many of us have it on our Bucket List that we want to experience living abroad.  Because we know that immersion is the only real teacher of language and culture.

Luckily, ShareLingo can save you the cost of the plane ticket by “immersing” you into the language and culture, right here in Denver!  By meeting up with several native speakers of Spanish every week, you’ll not only get to truly improve your language skills, but you’ll bridge cultural gaps by learning side-by-side with several people from all over the world.

That’s what we’re doing: breaking down cultural barriers by showing you how to use immersion to teach each other your own language.  And you don’t have to be a pro at English grammar rules to be an active participant in ShareLingo–that’s what your trained bilingual facilitator is for!

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Share your reason for loving language exchange and cultural immersion with the hashtag #iShareLingo!  And be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


About ShareLingo
The ShareLingo concept is really simple. Instead of learning from a whiteboard or a computer, we help English learners meet Spanish learners for face-to-face practice together. A bilingual facilitator uses our method and materials to keep things moving so you are never bored. We have language learning solutions for individuals, businesses, non-profits, and schools. Learn more at www.sharelingo.org.

Samuels Elementary and ShareLingo

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ShareLingo/Samuels Class “Graduation” Ceremony

A Big, Big Thank-You!

The ShareLingo Project would like to thank Samuels Elementary for bringing Hampden South (South East Denver) neighborhood residents together to break cultural barriers through language exchange. Last Friday, May 6th, marked the end of a 10-week ShareLingo class. The class was developed by The ShareLingo Project and funded by Denver Public Schools. The ShareLingo Project is a community engagement program that helps English and Spanish speakers connect with each other. The ShareLingo Project is helping schools succeed and improve parental engagement by connecting teachers and parents to learn from and teach each other English and Spanish while sharing their cultural values.

The class is made up of English and Spanish speakers that are paired together to help each other. English speakers improve their Spanish and Spanish speakers improve their English – all while learning about each other’s culture and background. The project ended with a class of 10 students working together, and students received a certificate of completion.  

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ShareLingo/Samuels class using digital media to learn together

Class Evaluation

On the last day of class students were asked to evaluate the class, and rate it on several key questions on a scale from “Not at all” [1] to “Above and Beyond!” [5]. Please see below:  

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Results

Students felt very strongly that the ShareLingo method is effective for language learning. . They strongly agreed that the facilitator and the ShareLingo team went above and beyond in being knowledgeable and helping them with the learning experience, and giving them great service and attention. They felt that the course materials and resources were very helpful and clear.

ShareLingo participants working together

ShareLingo participants working together

Other Comments Made by Individual Students

“I really liked the singing.  We should learn a song every time and sing them all when we begin.”

“I really like to learn with someone who also is learning just like me. I think we should keep learning this way. I love this, it’s great!”

“I would like to do this course over the summer!”

 


About ShareLingo
The ShareLingo concept is really simple. Instead of learning from a white board or a computer, we help English learners meet Spanish learners for face-to-face practice together. A bilingual facilitator uses our method and materials to keep things moving so you are never bored. We have language learning solutions for individuals, businesses, non-profits, and schools. Learn more at www.sharelingo.org.

Bilingual Immersion at the Museum

by Jordan Parry

On Saturday, May 7, 2016, ShareLingo teamed up with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Colorado Rockies to bring you an unforgettable event.

ShareLingo at the Museum

ShareLingo at the Museum

3 ShareLingo team members JUMPING FOR JOY at the museum

3 ShareLingo team members JUMPING FOR JOY at the museum

We celebrated Mother’s Day (Día de la Madre) by inviting about 200 local English- and Spanish-speakers to join us at the museum for a bilingual immersion-style scavenger hunt with funky hats, cool prizes, friends (new and old), and tons of incredible learning opportunities.

A team getting started on the scavenger hunt.

A team getting started on the scavenger hunt.

In attendance, we had dozens of men and women of all ages, along with their children, participating in a perfect activity for a rainy Saturday.

Participants formed teams (according to the color of their fedoras) and tackled the scavenger hunt, which we provided in English and Spanish (along with museum maps in the participants’ target language).  Teams chose their own team name and team leader, and raced to find all of the museum’s hidden gems by working together in English and Spanish.

Marking off found items

Marking off found items on the hunt

How many hidden clues can you find?

How many hidden clues can you find?

Participants uploaded photos to our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hashtag #iShareLingo.  (#iShareLingo because…)

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At the end of the morning, we gave out prizes to:

  • the team that finished the scavenger hunt first (Los Salvajes! Congratulations!)
  • participants who posted photos with the hashtag #iShareLingo
  • all the moms in attendance (it was Mother’s Day, after all!)
  • winners of a raffle
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Father-son Rockies game? I think so!

Prizes included a full scholarship for an entire ShareLingo level (10 sessions), tickets to Colorado Rockies games this summer, goodie bags filled with chocolate (because of the museum’s Chocolate-themed exhibit, finishing May 8), and a gift card to the Cheesecake Factory.

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A huge thank-you to everyone who came to this historic event, as well as to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Colorado Rockies.  It is because of you all that we are able to have such awesome experiences and opportunities!

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Can’t wait to see what cool events are coming next for ShareLingo? Get in touch with us at info@sharelingo.org if you have any suggestions!

Why do YOU #ShareLingo?


About ShareLingo
The ShareLingo concept is really simple. Instead of learning from a white board or a computer, we help English learners meet Spanish learners for face-to-face practice together. A bilingual facilitator uses our method and materials to keep things moving so you are never bored. We have language learning solutions for individuals, businesses, non-profits, and schools. Learn more at www.sharelingo.org.

All the things you never knew (but wish you did!) about Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate with ShareLingo

by Jordan Parry

 

True or False: Mexico celebrates Cinco de Mayo because it’s their Independence Day.

Easy, right?  WRONG!

The answer, and it may surprise you, is actually… *drumroll, please* … FALSE!

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Mexico’s Independence Day is actually celebrated on September 16, during the same month that many (nine!) Latin American countries celebrate the end of colonialism, oppression, and dictatorships.

So if Independence Day is in September, what the heck is Cinco de Mayo all about?  (No, not just that it’s easier to say than “dieciséis de septiembre.”)

Cinco de Mayo isn’t even celebrated throughout all of Mexico; much like St. Patrick’s Day, its popularity exploded in the U.S. due to a combination of cultural education, consumerism, and the fact that we Americans just like an excuse for a party (especially a theme party).

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It was brought to the attention of the U.S. by Chicano activists who raised awareness of the holiday in the 1960s, in part because they identified with the victory of indigenous Mexicans over European invaders during the Battle of Puebla. (Source)

So what is it all about?  Here’s a quick history lesson for you.  In the 1860’s, when the U.S. was distracted by its own (civil) war, France had decided that Mexican President Benito Juarez wasn’t paying the country’s debts quickly enough and therefore decided to intervene.  (It didn’t help that Juarez had straight-up decided not to pay the country’s interest payments to foreign countries.)

On May 5, 1862, Mexican troops defeated France in the Battle of Puebla.  Although Mexico went on to lose most of the intervention’s remaining battles (French forces were ultimately driven out of Mexico by mostly guerrilla-style resistance), this victory served as a morale booster and cause for celebration for Mexico.  It still serves as a symbolic representation of Mexico’s ability to come together and show strength and national pride.

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So, while you’re out and about, enjoying the music, food, and festivities of this weekend’s celebration, you can show off your knowledge when one of your friends mistakenly wishes you a happy Mexican Independence Day.

And next week, once you’ve recovered from your inevitable margarita-induced hangover, come stop by the ShareLingo office in Denver to learn more about Spanish immersion-style classes with real native speakers.

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About ShareLingo
The ShareLingo concept is really simple. Instead of learning from a white board or a computer, we help English learners meet Spanish learners for face-to-face practice together. A bilingual facilitator uses our method and materials to keep things moving so you are never bored. We have language learning solutions for individuals, businesses, non-profits, and schools. Learn more at www.sharelingo.org.

FREE Museum Day with ShareLingo THIS Saturday, May 7

(Puedes leer todo en español más abajo.)

DMNS-LogoIn case you haven’t heard yet, ShareLingo is hosting an awesome event THIS WEEKEND!  We are teaming up with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to have a super-fun day of bilingual scavenger hunts, prizes, networking, and more!!!

And, by the way, this event is FREE for you!

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When: THIS Saturday, May 7, at 9:45am

Where: The Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Meet us inside the main entrance; we’ll be wearing white ShareLingo shirts, so you won’t be able to miss us.

What: A day to enjoy the museum with friends and family.  We will be doing a team scavenger hunt (with prizes, of course, for the winning teams!), so even if you come by yourself, you will finish the day with more friends than you had when you started!

Who: EVERYONE is invited!  Bring your friends, your family, your coworkers… Just know that if you bring your children, you’ll be responsible for them.

What to bring: A sack lunch (or money to purchase lunch from the T-Rex Café) and a smile!

Let us know ASAP if you’re coming.  Everyone is welcome, but we have limited tickets.  So give us a call at 303-835-7399 to let us know how many tickets you need.

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About ShareLingo
The ShareLingo concept is really simple. Instead of learning from a white board or a computer, we help English learners meet Spanish learners for face-to-face practice together. A bilingual facilitator uses our method and materials to keep things moving so you are never bored. We have language learning solutions for individuals, businesses, non-profits, and schools. Learn more at www.sharelingo.org.


En caso de que todavía no hayas escuchado, ShareLingo tiene un evento muy especial ESTE fin de semana!  Junto con el Museo de Ciencias Naturales de Denver, les ofrecemos un día súper-divertido de juegos bilingües, búsquedas de tesoro, premios, y más.

Y, para que sepan, este evento es GRATIS para todos!

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Los detalles:

Cuándo: ESTE sábado, 7 de mayo, 9:45am

Dónde: Nos reuniremos DENTRO de la entrada principal del museo. Búscanos, usaremos camisetas blancas de ShareLingo.

Qué: Un día para disfrutar del museo, GRATIS, con tus amigos y familia.  Jugaremos en equipos para la búsqueda de tesoro, para que tengas más amigos al final de los que tenías al principio.

Quién:  TODOS son invitados!! Invita a tus amigos, tu familia, tus compañeros de trabajo, etc…. (Si llevas a tus hijos al museo, recuerda que tú eres responsable de cuidarlos.)

Qué necesitas llevar: Tu propio almuerzo (o suficiente dinero para comprar algo en el T-Rex Café), y una sonrisa!

Infórmanos tan pronto como sea posible si vas a poder asistir.  Todos son invitados, pero tenemos entradas limitadas.  Llámanos al 303-835-7399 para avisarnos cuántas entradas necesitas.


 

About ShareLingo
The ShareLingo concept is really simple. Instead of learning from a white board or a computer, we help English learners meet Spanish learners for face-to-face practice together. A bilingual facilitator uses our method and materials to keep things moving so you are never bored. We have language learning solutions for individuals, businesses, non-profits, and schools. Learn more at www.sharelingo.org.