After you work through a cute teal box and move on to the next, how do you organize all the material to be able to access it easily when you need it? Read on to see how other TalkBox.Mom families store their materials and for some of Adelaide’s favorites.
How Does the TalkBox.Mom Program Teach Tones in Mandarin?
For the tones in Mandarin, every single tone is marked in our program and is accompanied by native speaker audio. Here’s our approach to helping you train your ear to hear and speak these tones just like a native speaker!
The room was suddenly dead silent, so I asked the question again. “Who are the most successful language teachers in the world?” My voice projected through a speaker to a group of parents seated with their children at a conference last week. Everyone stared at me… uncertain of the answer. I have never…
Can you imagine what your life would have looked like if you started TalkBox.Mom one year ago?
Well, it might feel out of your control if your S.O. (significant other) said, “I don’t think it’s worth it,” and you didn’t end up starting.
But I get it. You all want to be SURE before you buy.
So instead of us dancing with Fifth Harmony and singing, “Baby, I’m worth it,” take it from these mamas and share the list with your SO:
The Homeschool Phrases printable is the perfect way to continue learning all summer long without “doing” school. You’ll be able to add in phrases to your summer routine, “It’s time to practice the piano,” and “I need my coffee first and then I can help you.”
And by fall, you’ll be able to easily start your school work while using the foreign language throughout your school day because you started doing these LITTLE things during the summer that make a BIG difference.
I don’t want a subscription. How do I order one box at a time?
We don’t want to see you start piling up boxes that you’re not going to use. In fact, I’m in our private Facebook community doing trainings every week to help you work through your boxes and be 100% successful, so you’ll be super excited when your next box comes! If you need to change your subscription status, here’s how.
How Do I Request a Phrase for a Specific Challenge?
The best part of our program is definitely your curiosity. If there’s a phrase that you would love to be able to say that goes along with the challenge you’re working on, I’m going to show you how to request it in the app with the challenge you’re on.
3 Ways Siblings Help Each Other to Use a Foreign Language
Foreign language time doesn’t have to be just a set time in your day! You can use the language throughout your whole day and if you have kids with different ages, they can help their siblings to learn throughout the day too! Here’s 3 ways siblings help each other to use a foreign language.
What if my kids tell me to, “Just talk in English?”
Do your kids get upset with you sometimes when you speak in a foreign language? Do they say, “Just talk English!” I completely get this. One of my kids used to point to his mouth and say, “Mom! Just talk how I am talking right now.” There’s 3 things you can do to make it easier for your kids. Here’s how…
The TalkBox.Mom Academy is only for TalkBox.Mom families. We have nine core boxes— they go in a specific order because as you get to the end, there’s no more English on the pages. They definitely increase in their intensity. However, there’s no beginning, intermediate, or advanced levels. We work off language fluency layers.
The Best Way for Kids to Become Fluent in a Foreign Language
Do you want your child to be fluent in another language? Or do you want to become fluent with your child? Well, first it’s important to know what fluency is and what it isn’t and then to understand how we reach fluency. Read on to find out!
Why are so many families struggling to speak a foreign language?
Using the wrong map for learning a language is like using a map of Paris to locate a restaurant in Berlin. It doesn’t work! I want you to tear up that map. ✂️ Instead of that map, I want you to follow the most successful language teachers in the world— Moms! 💁🏽♀️
People are always really surprised when the baby says, “Thank you!” after he is handed something or helped. He says it in three different languages–not because I taught him–but because his older brother’s have set a good example for him. I’m so thankful to have their help in teaching him!
Brazilian Portuguese Phrase of the Day! You are so smart.
Do your kids have a hard time not comparing themselves to each other? It can be hard for my boys to do school together. They are close in age, but Nolan picks up math lightening fast even though he’s younger. If Darian was with other kids his age, he’d see he’s not behind in math. But with a 7 year old beating him at division, it can be hard to see that. I tell Darian all the time that every person has different strengths, but he can still get frustrated. I use this phrase, “You are so smart,” to let him know that he IS smart even though it’s hard for him to see that at times. What’s something that your child is really good at? Darian’s would be talking and negotiating.
Thanksgiving may be over, but let’s continue to focus on being thankful by using words of encouragement! This holiday season may look very different for many of us. We may not be able to change our circumstances, but we can help each other to stay positive. Use today’s phrase, “Looks great,” while you do Christmas crafts this week or take family pictures together!
“What’s that smell,” could be said two very different ways! Ha! I hope the GOOD way was used yesterday for Thanksgiving!
But the bad way… Man, have you ever burned popcorn in the microwave? That smell is the worst!! A friend of mine had to throw their microwave away after one of their kids burned popcorn in it. They couldn’t get the horrible smell out—no matter what they tried!
Whichever way you use this phrase, add it to your daily conversation!
I am truly thankful that you support our small, family business with employees that live all over the world. Your purchases this year, literally changed their lives during the pandemic and helped feed our family and theirs!
German Phrase of the Day! Please wash your hands in the sink.
After you’ve cleaned up the counter but before you start cooking, there is one very important step: washing your hands! Use the phrase, “Please wash your hands in the sink,” with your kids the next time they are ready to help in the kitchen!
Chinese Mandarin Phrase of the Day! Do you want to help me cook?
Yay! This week it’s all about cooking together! Do you have junior chef in your home who will be helping with Thanksgiving prep this week? Darian and Nolan love to help me make messes. 😜 Use today’s phrase, “Do you want to help me cook?” as you start your Thanksgiving week festivities!
On Monday, I went to out to lunch by myself. There’s a few restaurants I like that my family hates, so I drove over to the Olive Garden by myself. lol
Do you ever do that as a mom? You just decide you need a meal alone? It happens once in a blue moon, but that quiet lunch with no one talking to me gave me exactly what my mind needed. After lunch, I was ready to be present for work and my kids. But when those bread sticks hit my table, all I could say was, “Yummy!”
Are you on the struggle bus with learning a foreign language? Then this is the week is for you! Let’s learn some super short but very helpful phrases to help kick start your foreign language conversations! Have your child use the phrase, “Please,” in a foreign language the next time they ask for something. Simple enough, right?!
Free Printable! New Year’s Eve Countdown in…🇲🇽 🇫🇷 🇩🇪 🇮🇹 🇧🇷 🇨🇳 🇯🇵 🇷🇴 🇮🇱 🇰🇷 🇷🇺
Free New Year’s Eve printable in a foreign language! Choose from 11 different languages. Each page has a special phrase or two that your family can use together to countdown to midnight! As always, everything in the guides are made by native speakers.
“Put your shoes on,” has to be one of the number one phrases all moms say all. the. time. You’d think it would get easier as the kids get older, but a friend of mine has a pre-teen daughter, who she says, takes SO long to pick out her shoes because they have to match her outfit * perfectly.* All I know is that before having kids, I did not consider the amount of time I’d spend telling my kids to just get their shoes on! 😆
My boys have a strong morning routine. They use getting dressed phrases together all the time! Nolan struggles with socks and shoes. If we’re ready to go and he doesn’t have his shoes on, he’ll just leave the house without them! When I see him starting to struggle with one sock, I need to jump in quit to help before it causes more problems. lol Your kids can use today’s phrase, “You’re missing a sock,” as they help each other get ready!
Japanese Phrase of the Day! You’re wearing the same shirt.
Hands up: do you have a child who is in LOVE with some Disney character or super hero? Do they have that one shirt that they can’t seem to take off? It’s amazing how kids can wear the same thing over and over and over again with no concern at all. Ha! Well, you can use today’s phrase, “You’re wearing the same shirt,” the next time the your child think the best shirt option is yesterday’s shirt!
Russian Phrase of the Day! It’s time to get dressed.
With the time change, I’ve really struggled getting up early in the dark. I don’t know why that it is, but it’s been harder on me than the boys! ha! So they’ve been the ones coming to me saying, “It’s time to get dressed!” haha! Use this week’s phrases about getting dressed when you wake up–whenever that is! 😆
Italian Phrase of the Day! We need to cross the street.
Knowing how to get from one place to the next in a foreign language is super important while traveling! Getting lost in the middle of a unknown city can be very scary! I’ve included phrases like, “We need to cross the street,” because it’s something you say with your kids when you’re out. But it’s also a great phrase to have on hand when in a foreign place!
“The bus is coming,” works well with yesterday’s phrase! It’s always a fine balance between being early for the bus but not being so early that you stand around waiting forever! We used to take the bus all the time when we were living in Europe. Their public transportation system is very well organized, so we enjoyed taking it!
Have you gone on a trip abroad and used their public transportation system? How did it go?
While in Lisbon, we lived next to a castle! We could walk by it whenever we wanted and learn all about the religious conflicts from that time period! It was an amazing experience living so close to such an incredible place filled with rich history! I could have totally used today’s phrase, “Let’s go on a walk,” while we were there. You might not live near a castle here in the United States 😜 but you can still use this phrase the next time you head out with your family!
Romanian Phrase of the Day! Don’t play in the street.
This week we are using phrases that you might use while in the city! We’ve lived in many places around the world, including large cities like Munich, Germany and Curitiba, Brazil! Although I prefer smaller towns versus big cities, I totally enjoyed our time while we were there! Use the phrase, “Don’t play in the street,” the next time you are out with your kids!
Spanish Phrase of the Day! We need to put this game away first.
Only a Mom would make sure to include a cleaning phrase while learning a foreign langue! Ha! I’m here for you, Mom. 😉 After all the fun has been had, use the phrase “We need to put this game away first,” before you move on to the next thing! It’s a great way to end your game time together.
Romanian Phrase of the Day! This is my favorite game.
My favorite game to do with family or friends are escape rooms! It’s just so much fun to figure things out and solve a mystery! In another life, I’d love to be a race car driver or someone who solves crimes. Because those 2 things totally fit the personality of someone who loves foreign language? 😆🤷♀️ Use the phrase, “This is my favorite game,” the next time it’s game night at your house!
Tell me… what’s your favorite game to play with friends or family? I’d love to hear some fun ideas!
This week, we’re practicing phrases that we use when playing games together! Although Hector isn’t super into board games, he does a great job about playing them anyway. Nolan will play Monopoly for hours if we let him! And it’s so hard to let him!! lol Sometimes Hector has to call the game because it’s taking so long! Use this phrase, “Let’s play a game,” the next time you want to play a game! And how about you: are you a board game family? Or are you not a fan like Hector?
German Phrase of the Day! Shake the water off your umbrella.
This longer phrase, “Shake the water off your umbrella,” will give you a little challenge as we head into the weekend! Are you an umbrella person? I recently learned from our community manager Kaeti that longtime Pacific Northwest people say they are so used to the rain, they don’t use umbrellas. Like, what?! You just step into a shower with your dry clothes on? 🙉
Well, if you like staying dry and use an umbrella, it’s always a good thing to teach your kids good manners by shaking off the water from an umbrella before they head inside!
I’d love to know if you are team Umbrella or team shower with your clothes on. 🤣
We moved into a “haunted house” after elementary school. Someone from my brother’s class couldn’t believe we moved in there and had to visit us to see that he wasn’t lying! When it was windy, it would creak and crack everywhere, making it feel pretty spooky! It was a really fun house. I remember being so scared. Sometimes I would hear people walking upstairs in the house, but no one was there. My mom would say, “That was the wind,” but I didn’t believe her. Ghosts, right?! Have you ever lived or stayed in a spooky house?
My kids LOVE storms. When we are at a hotel, Darian gets so excited because they have “CHANNELS!” He loves watching the weather channel and the show the World’s Deadliest Weather. He has a hard time leaving the hotel room because he loves watching it so much! How about your kids? Will they happily use the phrase, “There’s a storm,” or will it be said as they run to hide under a blanket?
Japanese Phrase of the Day! The leaves are falling from the trees.
Are you still going out on nature walks in the colder weather? The phrase, “The leaves are falling from the trees,” will be the perfect phrase for your family to practice saying to each other while out on your walk! Who doesn’t love this time of year when everything is changing colors? There seems to be so many fun activities to do, too! What’s your favorite fall activity?
Japanese Phrase of the Day! Don’t walk in the puddle.
Have you seen that video of the kid jumping into the puddle, but he goes head under. It’s totally a special effect the dad did, but when my boys saw the little clip, they became convinced it was real! Now the boys are scared that every puddle is a sink hole. It’s the funniest thing. I wonder how old they will be before they get over their fear of puddles. Use the phrase, “Don’t walk in the puddle,” the next time it’s raining, and then show them the clip, and you may never have to worry about it ever again! 😂
It’s really, officially not summer anymore. Maybe that happened a month ago for you where you live, but for sure here in Texas, things have finally cooled down! If it’s raining, my boys will be the first ones to run outside with rain boots and coats. They’ve even asked to do school work outside with their books in the rain! That’s definitely not happening, 😅 but at least we can practice saying, “It’s raining” in a foreign language. Do your kids like playing in the rain?
My boys love Saturday mornings! They love watching cartoons, but they have to get their chores done first. Most Saturdays, they wake up extra early, get dressed, water the plants, get their load of laundry started, and empty the dishwasher before I even roll out of bed, so they can have the max amount of time watching cartoons. They each whisper to my sleeping body, “I’m finished,” which I kind of hear, and then they run to turn on the TV. Have your kids use the phrase, “I am finished,” the next time they finish up their chores too! Tell me… what chores do your kids do and what are their ages?
Do you know that show Say Yes to the Dress? They always ask the question, “Are you saying ‘Yes’ to the dress,” knowing full well that the bride-to-be is going to say, “Yes.” Asking my boys, “Are you finished,” is kind of like that–but about school! They love being able to tell me they are done with school for the day, so I always like to ask, “Are you finished?,” and I get a resounding, “Yes!” back. Tell me… what do your kids want to do FIRST when they finish their school work?
Italian Phrase of the Day! It’s about time to leave.
I always give my boys the 5 minute warning. Most kids need time to process and prepare for switching gears. Use the phrase, “It’s about time to leave,” the next time you want to give your kids a heads up. How much time do you usually give your kids to switch? 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or longer?
Spanish Phrase of the Day! We will come back later.
“We will come back later.” The phrase every mom promises as they leave their kid’s best friend’s house! It’s hard to pull kids away from good friends and fun, but it’s just a part of life. Use this phrase the next time you have to soften the blow of having to leave a place your child doesn’t want to leave! Where would that be for one of your kids?
Chinese Mandarin Phrase of the Day! Please get ready to go.
Getting ready to go can be an event in and of itself! You feel me, Mom?! If I rush Nolan with getting ready, he will just race out of the house without shoes on. Getting completely ready and out the door can be too much for his brain to process. He just doesn’t think about it! One time we went on a trip a couple hours from home, and when we arrived and got out of the car, we realized he had no shoes with him. We had to go to the store to buy him shoes! Ha! Do your kids do something similar? Tell me I am not alone!
This week, we are practicing phrases that we say when time’s up! Whether that’s leaving your house, heading home from a nature walk, or finishing up chores, use today’s phrase, “It’s time to go,” the next time you need to transition activities! What activities do you have scheduled for today?
Spanish Phrase of the Day! You’re such a good girl (boy).
An affirming parent does wonders to a child’s emotions, right?! Although my boys can drive me crazy at times, at the end of the day, I am so thankful I get to be their mom. I want to speak love and positivity into their life and using the phrase, “You’re such a good boy,” is a great place to end our week of giving compliments. What was your favorite compliment from this week?
German Phrase of the Day! You always do such a good job.
Nolan is the most adorable guy. He will yell out super detailed compliments when we’re leaving a restaurant, which is funny cause he’s so quiet. Like, he’ll say to the hostess at the Original Pancake House on our way out, “Thank you! You made the best pancakes with strawberries on top!” I just love how he appreciates things, down to the very last detail. (And how he tells the hostess.) Use, “You always do such a good job,” the next time you notice a job well done with your kids, friends, or… local hostess! 😉
Brazilian Portuguese Phrase of the Day! I love when you sing.
Today’s phrase, “I love it when you sing,” goes right along with Tuesday’s phrase! Have you ever noticed how much kids love to sing? I mean, I try to get my boys to sing to Taylor Swift with me, but for some reason, they don’t like to do that too often 😜 What’s some favorite tunes around your house?
I think it’s important to feature good behavior, so making sure they are getting attention for good things is important to me. Even the simplest thing of being just overall nice to each other during a regular school day is something to be celebrated! Have your kids practice, “You are so nice,” to each other during your morning school time today!
Tell me… what’s something sweet and small your child did that made your day better?
Japanese Phrase of the Day! You are a great singer.
Okay, no one will ever be telling me, “You are a great singer,” because that is definitely not a talent I was born with! Ha! Currently the only person who likes me to sing is my baby, which is totally fine by me. Him and I get to have our special singing time together… until his ears mature! How about you? Can you carry a tune or are you betting in the back of the choir? Haha! Use this phrase the time you can honestly say, “You are a great singer.”
Happy Halloween! I think this phrase, “That was funny,” is perfect for Halloween! Some people make Halloween spooky, but a lot of the time the costumes can be really funny, or better yet, something funny happens while everyone is out having a great time. Like scaring someone and then laughing about the reaction… My kids favorite for Halloween.
Did you see the picture I posted last month while our family was at Halloween Town? Hector looked pretty awesome in his Lego Batman Mariachi costume! 😂 That was so funny that he won!
Although things are a little different this year, I hope your family is able to have a fun night celebrating! Tell me… what are you doing tonight to make Halloween fun?!
This week, give the gift of complimenting each other in a foreign language! I tell my boys that accepting compliments are just as important as giving compliments.
As a mom, it’s easy for me to be too critical of myself. My boys might say, “Your hair looks great,” as we head out the door, but I can be too quick to say, “No, it’s such a mess! I didn’t even style it this morning!” Not accepting the compliment doesn’t make them feel great, and if I keep countering their compliments with complaints, they might not want to give compliments at all. So I work really hard on always saying, “Thanks!” and making sure they do the same when they receive compliments.
Tell me… are you good at accepting compliments or do you down play them too?!
Japanese Phrase of the Day! We read together every day.
If you’re someone who considers audio books “reading” like I do, then I’d say, we read together all day long. 😜 Darian is always turning on an audio book for him and his brother as they do their daily chores, walking around listening to an audio book, or listening to one before falling asleep. He can’t get enough of them! Can we just give a shout out to the first person who thought of the idea that we should record books to listen to?! It’s the best. I love both physical books and audio books, but I know many have a preference. What do you prefer: audio or real book?
Italian Phrase of the Day! I love reading with you.
Inspire, don’t require.
That phrase is always in the back of my mind as we raise our boys. I do my best to inspire our kids to doing what is right, to work hard, to have fun, and everything else by doing that myself. I hope that by my example the boys will also want to do those things.
Reading is no different. I love to read. When they see me reading or listening to an audio book, it inspires them to do the same!
Reading with them helps that too. Today’s phrase, “I love reading with you,” can go right along with instilling a love of reading into your kids.
Today’s phrase, “I liked the book,” goes along with yesterday’s question! We read together right before bed most nights of the week. The boys always try to talk about the books or ask to read just one more book to stall actually having to go to sleep. But really, if my kids wanting to read more is a problem, then I’d say it’s a good problem to have! 😀
Romanian Phrase of the Day! Did you like the book?
I love talking about books after we’ve read them with the boys. Asking them, “Did you like the book,” is a great conversation starter. Sometimes it’s a quick, “Yeah,” or, “Nope,” but other times they get into talking about what was great or not so great about the book. Use this phrase the next time you’d like to start a conversation with your kids!
German Phrase of the Day! Which book do you want to read?
Asking you kids, “Which book do you want to read,” can be quite the dilemma! I don’t know about you, but my boys love books, so picking out just one can be a hard decision. We are reading a lot of classic novels right now. With Halloween creeping up on us, I grabbed a spooky book in German to read to them as well! What’s your family favorite book to read together?
Spanish Phrase of the Day! Would you like to read together?
We live right across from our local library, and it has been so fun to follow the river to the library and check out new books! Of course, COVID changed that for a while, but we’re thankful to have it close by! This week’s phrases are all about reading together–probably one of the most popular past times of many families I know! To start of the week, use the phrase, “Would you like to read together?” the next time you are ready for reading time!
Brazilian Portuguese Phrase of the Day! Did you have a nice nap?
“Did you have a nice nap?” is a question that goes both ways! Of course you can use this with your little one after they wake up. But also, are you a parent who naps? Both Hector and I love to get a nap in when we can (which isn’t often!). The boys know that if they wake me up from a nap, their electronics time is over. So they’ve learned to be extra quiet when I am sleeping, so they can have extra movie or video game time!
Italian Phrase of the Day! The baby is finally asleep.
On Monday, I shared with you how Darian wouldn’t lie down for a nap. He would only nap on the go. But our baby is totally the opposite. He will not sleep on the go! But we can just lay him down, walk away from the room, and he’ll fall asleep right away. It’s a sweet treat after Darian and Nolan! Ha! Use the phrase, “The baby is finally asleep,” during the next nap time time while talking with your older kiddos or spouse!
German Phrase of the Day! Will you please whisper?
After putting the baby down for a nap, do you keep your house loud or do you have everyone quiet down? With our first two, we could be as loud as we wanted. But with this baby, he is always waking up a bit early, so I find myself saying, “Will you please whisper?” to my older kids as we get closer to the end of his nap time–just in case he can nap a little longer.
Spanish Phrase of the Day! Stop playing, and lie down please.
How many times have you said, “Stop playing, and lie down please,” to your restlessness toddler or energetic children at night? No doubt this phrase will come in handy during nap time this week! Do you have any tricks that help get your kiddo down for a nap easier?
Korean Phrase of the Day! I love my stuffed animal.
Are your kids stuffed animal junkies?! Nolan played on his own a lot, he’s a naturally independent kid. He preferred to hang out by himself when he was preschool age. We told him he should try and make some friends. Some time after that, he received a stuffed animal, a fox, and named it Friend. He said to me, “Now I have a friend, and I don’t have to play with anybody.” We were so flabbergasted we didn’t know what to say! Hahah!
Oh my gosh. Darian was the worst napper! He was born with so much energy! When he was in preschool, the teacher said that the kids napped every day. I let them know that Darian probably wouldn’t nap, but they were convinced they could get him to nap. Two days later, they let me know Darian couldn’t stay for nap time. Ha! He simply wasn’t tired and would wake up the other kids.
Oh well! Having a lot of energy is a great thing, and I can’t wait to see how that plays out for him as an adult! For now, if you have a kiddo who can actually nap, use the phrase, “It’s time for your nap,” the next time you lay them down!
German Phrase of the Day! I want a cookie, please.
After the kids have praised you for your amazing meal you prepared (see yesterday’s phrase!), they can say, ” I want a cookie, please,” to add even more foreign language into your dinner time routine! What’s your favorite cookie? Mine is chocolate chip! Mmmmmmm.
Romanian Phrase of the Day! The food tastes so good
Although you know that Hector is a better cook than me, I can grill a mean steak! There’s nothing better than grilling in the summer! What’s a favorite dinner in your home? The next time your kids take a bite of your cooking, they can practice saying, “This food taste so good,” which might just get them some dessert from Mom! Ha!
Spanish Phrase of the Day! Eat your vegetables, so you can grow.
A great answer to yesterday’s phrase, “I hate broccoli,” is to respond with, “Eat your vegetables so you can grow.” I am not sure how convincing it is to my boys, but at least it helps me stay strong to get them to eat their veggies! What tactics do you have to help your kids finish their plate?
Chinese Mandarin Phrase of the Day! I hate broccoli.
I would never use this phrase because I LOVE broccoli. However, I have these things called boys. Hahaha! Although they might be happy to use the phrase, “I hate broccoli,” they know they have no choice in the matter, so they eat it up.
One thing I’ve learned to do is that if they don’t like something, I’ll ask questions like, “Is it salty or sweet?” or “Is it slimy or sticky?” so it feels more like an experiment… and they give it a try! What’s the hardest veggie to get your kids to eat? You can totally pop it in this sentence by using Challenge 2 in the first box!
Do you split up the dinner chores in your house? Sometimes kids just love doing certain tasks, so one kid chooses to set the table while another kid always loads the dishwasher. Isn’t it interesting how kids have a preference on helping out from a young age? This week use, “Set the table,” the next time your kids are helping get dinner ready!
“It’s time for dinner!” That’s right, this week we are using phrases that we say every night! Hector is a better cook than I am. He makes a really great lasagna, which is unfortunate for me, because I have to be dairy free. The boys are happy to eat it up though! What’s your favorite dinner to make right now?
German Phrase of the Day! I need to use the computer.
Darian loves to run up to me and say in a foreign language, “I need to use the computer,” and even though it isn’t always a need (cough cough computer games), I usually let him because (1) he asked in a foreign language and (2) he’s extremely strategic and only asks if his chores and school work are done. Like, how can I say no when he’s so on top of things?
Spanish Phrase of the Day! Do you want a piece of paper?
I say this all. the. time. with my boys. There’s always something that they are doing that requires paper. Nolan loves to draw videos games out on paper where each level is its own page. He designs them and then colors them! Next he lies them across the floor until we have a detailed overview of a 30 level game covering our living room. It’s pretty fun to see what he comes up with. The next time you ask your kids, “Do you want a piece of paper,” ask it in a foreign language!
Today’s phrase, “Like this,” is in the scissors section of the phrase book because it’s grouped with phrases about using scissors. Of course, we say, “Like this,” all the time. Whether it’s cutting paper, coloring, writing a letter, or putting the dishes in the dishwasher correctly (ahem… use this with your husband too 😜), use this phrase to show your kids how to do things!
What if I’m not “good enough” to teach my child a foreign language?
What if I’m not “good enough” to teach my child a foreign language? Have you heard that voice that whispers, “I’m not good enough to teach my kids. Like, who am I to actually do this? I’m in way over my head!”Well, Elizabeth definitely heard this voice when her oldest daughter was trying to learn French for years.But this voice started with Elizabeth not feeling like she was good enough to learn foreign languages.
Is there something in particular your kids are obsessed with right now? My boys are totally all about geology. They love searching for cool rocks and learning about mining! I love it when they get super excited about it and ask a question.
Teaching my kids how to find answers to their questions is more important than knowing the answer, so being able to say, “Let’s look it up,” in a foreign language is icing on the educational cake! And if they eat mostly icing, I’m okay with that. 😉
Happy Labor Day!! It’s the last hurrah before everyone gets down to business with school. This week, we’re focusing on phrases some homeschooling phrases. This first phrase, “Repeat after me,” is a great one when you’re introducing a new phrase in your foreign language! Or if you are like me, “Repeat after me,” will be followed by, “I will not eat mom’s peanut butter cups from Trader Joe’s.” Hahaha! I am going to need all the treats as we dive deep into the new school year! What’s your go-to treat to help you power through the summer-to-school transition?
Spanish Phrase of the Day! Kids are supposed to get dirty.
“Kids are supposed to get dirty.” This is what I tell myself as I see dirty footprints all over my perfectly clean floor. ha! It’s the struggle of every mom, isn’t it? Letting kids get dirty, but also wanting the perfectly clean house? Well, hopefully you can at least be happy telling yourself this phrase because you’re saying it in a different language!
French Phrase of the Day! You can dig in the dirt.
Once when Darian was over at Great Grandma’s house, he asked to go dig up some veggies from her garden. My Grandma had already harvested everything, but didn’t want him to miss out on any fun, so she quickly grabbed grocery story vegetables from the fridge and “planted” them in the garden. As he dug through the dirt, Darain was amazed to find perfect vegetable after perfect vegetable! hahaha. To this day, Darian still thinks my Grandma is the best gardener out there! Use today’s phrase, “You can dig in the dirt,” the next time you want to pull a fast one on your kids! 😉
German Phrase of the Day! The tomatoes are growing.
When Darian was a baby, he loved to eat tomatoes like apples! Do you have a kid who used to do that? Or maybe they still do! Kids’ taste buds are a funny thing. Well, I hope that if you planted tomatoes this year, you can use this phrase, “The tomatoes are growing,” as you look out over your garden!
Chinese Mandarin Phrase of the Day! The plant is growing really fast.
I like this general phrase, “The plant is growing really fast,” because your kids can use this phrase without having to immediately learn every single type of plant in your garden. As the natural progression of speaking your foreign language continues, you can replace, “plant” with the newest word you’ve introduced: carrots, pumpkins, sunflowers, zucchini–and all the other things you grow at home!
Romanian Phrase of the Day! I am watering the flowers.
We have this wonderful 87 year old neighbor who just loves keeping his yard in perfect shape. It’s his pride and joy! He loves looking at a clean lawn so much that he comes over to our yard and helps us to make sure our yard is looking nice. Sometimes I think I should purposefully leave it more unkempt to give him more to do. Ha!! Just kidding… kind of. Hahah! He really loves it! Use today’s phrase with your kids, “I am watering the flowers,” as you are outside talking with your neighbors!
Italian Phrase of the Day! Did you water the plants?
Do you have a garden? Which one do you prefer: flower garden or a vegetable garden? We are on the tail end of harvest for a lot of gardens, but I am still looking forward to the pumpkin patch and sunflowers come fall!! This week we’re focusing on phrases you’d use when you’re out in your garden! Or today’s phrase, “Did you water the plants?” can be for those with house plants too!
Well, I feel like I don’t even need to give an explanation as to why this phrase is prefect for a day of swimming. It’s usually about 4 minutes after being in the water when the boys begin asking for snacks! There’s just something about the water that makes kids so hungry!
Because of this my favorite place to go swimming is on the west coast of Mexico a bit above the boarder of Guatamala. My favorite beach so far is there. It has an incredible reef 20 feet from the shore, and the restaurants are right on the sand. They will hook you up with reclining beach chairs and umbrellas with little tables for your food. Nolan will just lie in the shade, ordering virgin piña coladas (piñadas), chips and guacamole, and French fries while we swim in the crystal clear water. 😂 It’s the best.
I think your kids will be quick to use today’s phrase, “Let’s eat a snack,” when they’re playing outside in the water!
German Phrase of the Day! Use your shovel to dig in the sand.
What’s your child’s favorite tool to dig in the sand? My older boys are past settling for sticks and plastic shovels. They want the real deal to make some serious creations or holes. The baby is just happy to be along for the ride and will use whatever they hand him. 😂 You can use today’s phrase, “Use your shovel to dig in the sand,” the next time you are at the beach!
Here’s a super simple phrase for even the most resistant foreign language learner in your family. “Jump!” is just one word, but a full phrase! Switch from saying this phrase in English and I stress encourage your kids in a foreign language to jump off the diving board or into the lake. I have no doubt that your child will understand this simple phrase after a few hours of using this single word every time your kid jumps into the water! I bet you they won’t even realize they are learning it!
Italian Phrase of the Day! We need to put on sunblock.
I’m obviously all about the sunblock because the sun has it out for my skin. 😂 My husband didn’t even know SPF levels went so high until he met me. My kids always give a bit of push back when it comes to putting on sunblock. They don’t know the torture of burning their backs and trying to sleep at night, get dressed, or just be alive with a sunburn. How has your summer been? Have you made it through an entire summer without one of your kids getting sunburned?! Today’s phrase, “We need to put on sunblock,” will definitely be used in my house the next time we head out for a day by the lake!
Has it been hot where you are? In Texas, we’re still sweating it out in the summer heat. This week we’re focusing on phrases you’d use swimming—whether that’s at the beach, by the river, or in your backyard! Use today’s phrase, “Let’s go swimming,” next time you’re headed outside for a fun afternoon in the water!
Spanish Phrase of the Day! Look out! Don’t step in the poop.
Today’s phrase is probably the most important phrase of the entire week. lol “Look out! Don’t step in the poop,” is a phrase anyone needs whether you own a pet or not. There’s nothing worse than hanging out at playdate at the park and accidentally stepping in poop! This is a great phrase to not only use as a family but with friends who are learning a foreign language too! (Because friends don’t let friends step in poop.)
Have you seen the funny memes about cats who are just, like, the worst?! Haha! Why are cats ready to knock a vase over at any given moment?! “The cat hates people,” is the perfect phrase for that special cat in your life that just can’t stand people. I bet you’re thinking of one right now. Comment below with your funny, “the cat hates people,” story!
Use today’s phrase, “Look at the dog,” to spark more conversation in your dream language! Grab the phrases book and companion app to find phrases to say that the dog is soft, cute, happy, tired… all the things! You’d be surprised how easy it is to get the foreign language learning going when you are having fun at the park while talking about a cute dog!
It’s hard to resist petting a dog who is happily bouncing along at the park! For as much as we enjoy loving on animals, it’s important to teach animal safety. Practice, “May we pet your dog?” at home, then the next time you’re on a family vacation and come across a cute dog, you can ask to pet it!
Russian Phrase of the Day! Be very gentle with the cat.
My friend Molly has 3 cats. Yes, you read that right, THREE cats. Like Taylor Swift. 😜 She’s cool being called the crazy cat lady. Haha! One phrase you will hear her often saying is, “Be very gentle with the cat.” Although her cats are super friendly, it can be hard for toddlers to understand how rough they are being on the cat’s soft fur. Practice this phrase with your kids if you own cats, or for the next time you are with friends, so you can remind your kids to be gentle in a foreign language!
German Phrase of the Day! What kind of pet do you have?
It’s pet week!! That’s right! We get to say phrases that are most often used with pets. “What kind of pet do you have?” is the perfect ice breaker when visiting new friends. We don’t have a pet right now, but my kids would LOVE a cat or a dog that Hector would really not like to have.
Because most people have dogs or cats, this week’s phrases will be about them. If you are fun family with chickens, lizards, hamsters, or other animals, check out the $35 phrasebook to use those animals in phrases in the language of your choice!
In case you couldn’t tell, Nolan is FULL of energy. He even has a hard time sitting still while we record these Phrase of the Day videos! hahaha! But that’s the benefit of homeschooling. He can jump around the room as he rattles off his multiplication facts to me, but there are times that I ask him to, “Please sit down.” It’s pretty hard to write while jumping off the chairs. Thankfully, he’s pretty good at settling down when he really needs to. What about you? Do you have certain subjects that you do sitting down vs. standing?
I interrupt your regular social media content for random information that is usually only seen on Jeopardy! I’ll go first, as long as you join me in the comments! Do you know where the word “salary” is derived? Its Latin root is “salarium,” used in paying Roman soldiers in salt! Salt was so valuable back then, they would sometimes pay Roman soldiers in salt goods. Salt to salary. There ya go! Some people dispute the claim, but there’s enough historians out there who say this is true for me to think it would show up in a Jeopardy questions some day!
Use today’s phrase, “I know the answer!” the next time you are playing a trivia game with this awesome salt knowledge you now have! ha!
Now it’s your turn! What’s the most random thing you know?!
Chinese Mandarin Phrase of the Day! Go to the table.
Whether you homeschool or go to traditional school, the dining table seems to be the hub of our kids’ school life. Homework, eating meals, and playing games all happens at the table, so this phrase, “Go to the table,” can easily be used many times a day!
What books are you the most excited to read with your kids this year? Nolan is super into Minecraft building manuals, which kind of counts as reading? And Darian is running out of things to read. He’s gone through SO many books twice! And I love reading aloud with my kids. If you do too, use the phrase, “Let’s read together!” the next time you take out a book!
German Phrase of the Day! You need to get dressed.
Are you guys getting back into school mode yet? We usually start school in August, but I don’t actually tell them that school ended. They don’t really know that’s a thing, so we keep working through summer but at a lighter pace. But! I’m totally ready for our new focus as we officially start the school year this month!
So to get in the school spirit, this week’s Phrase of the Day is focusing on Back to School phrases! Here’s the real question: for the homeschooling families do you make your kids get dressed for school?! We encouraged it in the video, but no judgment here.
Italian Phrase of the Day! You can open your presents.
We saved this last phrase until the end… like a birthday party. “You can open your presents.” Oh, those sweet words every kid longs to hear. The anticipation of having to wait to open the presents is always a killer! When it’s finally time, the little guests crowd around super close, and it’s hard for them to hold back from helping the birthday kid open them up!
I find one of life’s hardest lessons for little kids is going to a birthday party and realizing the presents aren’t for them! Raise your hand if you’ve had to help their kid navigate those emotions in the middle of a crowded room before!
My kids have even had some drama at home when they opened the birthday presents their grandparents from both sides rained down on them. 😂 Lots of pre-teaching, and hoping for the best.
No party is complete without some sick beats! Mmmm, did I just sound too much like, T Swizzle there? Okay, fine. I won’t embarrass my boys by blasting Taylor at their next birthday, but I will at least say this phrase, “Turn up the music,” in German as they turn up their favorite singer… the guy that makes those Annoying Orange songs. 😭😭😭 Why did my mom ever show them those videos?! My kids have such bad taste.
Has anyone told you that you’re a great mom lately? Well, you are! At this very moment you’re using your time on social media to find a fun and different way to interact with your kids. Learning a foreign language takes time and consistency, but here you are, showing up!
Today’s phrase, “Are you having fun,” can be used in so many ways—not just for a Birthday party! I hope you have fun while you learn this phrase in the language of your choice!
What’s the Secret Ingredient to Talking in a Foreign Language?
What’s the Secret Ingredient to Talking in a Foreign Language? Courtney always wanted to speak French. It started when she was younger, and, now as a mom it was still something that she still really wanted to be able to do.
Japanese Phrase of the Day! I’m excited. (for a male) / (for a female)
What’s the first thing a kid says on the morning of his or her birthday? “I’m excited!” Right?! For our kids’ birthdays, we skip the parties and presents and go on a fun trip together. (We did a big themed birthday for Darian when he was one, and I didn’t love doing it, so that was the last party. 😂) Last year for Nolan’s birthday, we did the Bahamas. For Darian and I, we went to San Diego. And for Hector, we were in Mexico on the beach! And this year… hahaha! We were going to be in France, Germany, Romania, and Italy across all our birthdays. Now we’re grounded. 😭 But we’ll still have fun! What do you do to make birthdays special in your house? What should we do this year now that our plans are cancelled? Any tips? Alllllll our birthdays are coming up.
“Let’s take a picture,” was a much more novel phrase before the invention of cameras in phones! Can you remember when you didn’t have a camera at your fingertips every hour of the day? I am so thankful to be able to document as much or as little of my family’s life as I choose. Tell me, how many pictures are on your phone right now? I have 28,065 photos!
It’s birthday week!! My favorite birthday memory has to be Hector and I seeing Taylor Swift in concert on the 13th row. 😜 He also said I don’t get another birthday present ever again, and next time, I have to see Taylor Swift with my friends. But he was a good sport! Too bad Love Fest was cancelled! Hopefully next year @jaicy and I will see her! Will she play both albums?!I would LOVE to hear your most favorite birthday story!
I live in Texas, and I wanted to include, “Well, bless your heart,” to the calendar, but that doesn’t exactly translate into other languages. 😂 It barely translates to people in other states in the US! LOL However, “Bless you,” is a great phrase to have handy the next time someone sneezes and is used in more languages than, “Bless your heart.” This phrase is a fun one to pretend with as you practice it together! For the languages that does use, “Bless you,” after someone sneezes, we put in a different phrase on the calendar for you!
Right after “Mom,” and Dad,” Say, ‘Please,'” has to be the most used phrase we teach our babies. Many of us show our babies how to sign it! If you have a baby at home, I would recommend starting out with this phrase. It’s easy to remember, and you say it at least 5 times a day! And if a baby can remember it, you know your older kids can too!
You may have never studied Spanish in your life, but I bet you know how to say, “You’re welcome,” in Spanish. “De nada.” That’s right! There’s actually multiple ways to say, “You’re welcome” in Spanish, but the point is, you’ve heard it in passing so many times, that you naturally know it. Using new phrases with your kids in a foreign language works the same way! So, start using, “You’re welcome,” with your kids today, and watch how quickly they’ll figure out what you’re saying without even trying!
Today, I am thankful. I am thankful for all of our TalkBox.Mom families. They support our little family and the 43 people on our team that make it possible to bring things like these free printables to you. I am so grateful to be doing what I love with Hector. So today, I will say, “Vielen, vielen Dank!’
I thought of our friends with moody teens and tweens when adding, “I’m okay,” to the calendar. Do you notice around the teen years kids are never great or bad? Just… okay. I want kids to be excited to learn, so sometimes we need to add in phrases that honestly reflect their emotions. So here’s to the, “I’m okay.” I’m just happy they are saying it in a foreign language!
It’s manners week! Yay for manners! There is nothing better than being in public when our kids are on their best behavior. Has anyone ever complimented you on your kid’s great behavior in public? Tell me in the comments below. I want to celebrate the big wins with you! I will share mine in the comments too 😊
There’s nothing more that makes me thankful for my health than getting sick! I am happy to end this week on a cheerful note with today’s phrase, “I feel a lot better.” Have a happy and healthy weekend!
Spanish Phrase of the Day! You can’t play because you are sick
Is your kid a couch potato or just as active when they are sick? It’s interesting how some kids are able to just keep going even when they’re clearly sick with a fever or otherwise. Use today’s phrase, “You can’t play because you are sick,” the next time your kiddo is trying to get out of resting when they should be.
German Phrase of the Day! It’s time to take your medicine.
When my kids are sick, I am glued to the clock, making sure I give medicine at the right time. And because sometimes it tastes so good or he hurts so much, Darian asks for it again and again until I can finally tell him, “It’s time it’s to take your medicine.” But for Nolan… he rather die than take medicine. I’ve lied him down with my legs on his arms and his head between my legs to force him to take medicine, and he will volcano it back up. Maybe he is meant to be a spy that saves his own life by refusing poison, but there is no way to get that boy to take medicine. It’s a battle! How are your kids about taking medicine when they need it?
Aren’t headache’s the worst? I feel like we know so much about what causes headaches and yet nothing at all. I wish there was a way to know for certain how to prevent headaches. Unfortunately they are just a part of life, so I’ve made sure to include this phrase in the phrasebook. Use, “I have a headache,” the next time you aren’t feeling well.
Chinese Mandarin Phrase of the Day! My stomach hurts.
All right. Let’s hear ’em! Tell me your worst throw up story. I know you have them! We all do. Somehow our moms forget to tell us about all the throw-up that happens when you have kids. It’s like they block that part out! And I can see why!
When Darian was little, he had a bad flu and kept throwing up. We were trying to get him to make it to the toilet or trash can to throw up… but he threw up in the hall… or near the toilet on the ground… or to the right of the trash can. By the middle of the night, I was SO tired. Like physically tired from the lack of sleep and tired of cleaning up throw up again and again. Finally he was fine, and I laid down to sleep until I was suddenly awoken by him telling me that he was going to throw up 😦 and I literally sat up and cupped my hands, catching it as it went down my arms 😭 because I didn’t want to scrub the carpet again.
French Phrase of the Day! I think I am getting sick
Do you want to see me totally struggle with a new phrase in a foreign language I don’t know?! Then watch today’s Phrase of the Day video. Hahaha! French is a super different language for me. Our family speaks in German and Spanish to each other every single day. Definitely not French! But I would like too!
You may think that owning a language company means I am some linguist genius, but that is not that case! I am just a normal mom like you, who wanted to make learning a second language fun and actually happen for my kids! We all start out in the kind of overwhelmed phase of “How am I ever going to sound like a native?!” Just take it one day at a time, one phrases at a time, one word at a time! And you’ll totally see a difference overtime—especially if you’re having fun and not stressing!
Italian Phrase of the Day! Do you want some water?
Have you seen the water wall art videos going around Facebook? Kids pose against an outside wall, and you spray them with a hose. They walk away, and what’s left is the dry outline of where they were standing. The kids love seeing their outline! It’s the simple pleasures in life, right? Well, while you’re out playing in the water, you can make sure your kids are drinking water too! Use today’s phrase to ask, “Do you want some water?” to either spray them down with a hose (sound like something Dad would like to do, ha!) or if you’re handing them a water bottle. If you do the water wall, tag me in it! I’d love to see it!
No trip to the playground is complete without someone needing a Band-Aid, am I right?! Kids and the elderly love those Band-Aids.
Note that in some languages there is a distinction between a child saying it and an adult. I opted to use the phrase that kids would say. This phrase is also a fun one to say for those kids who love playing doctor at home on their stuffed animals! What character do your kids want on their Band-Aid? I bought the Costco pack of Band-Aids, and it’s been pretty boring. Now that we’re running out, I’m thinking about adding a little more fun to our Band-Aids.
Spanish Phrase of the Day! I want to go on the swing.
“I want to go on the swing,” is an awesome phrase to learn because the beginning of the sentence, “I want to…” can be used with so many things! Use this phrase as your kids ask to go on the swing and be encouraged they are learning a foundational phrase that will be used over and over again in many different ways!
I get so excited about short phrases because they are totally attainable! Sometimes kids need quick results to encourage their learning and today’s phrase, “Ready? Go!” is a great example of that. Use this phrase as you race your kids to the swing set at the park!
German Phrase of the Day! Let’s go down the slide.
I have noticed that once my kids have caught on to some foreign language phrases, they like saying them to their friends as well. It’s just like when they talk about some cool new fact they learned in history; they want to share in their language learning as well. Today’s fun phrase, “Let’s go down the slide,” is a great one to work on with friends!
Have your kids and their friends say this to each other as they take turns going down the slide! Your friends might not be in the same language learning mode as you, but I know that kids love picking up new things! Even if it’s a single phrase. Plus, if the do end up loving it, you can give them your affiliate code to save $15 on the first box and phrasebook, and you’ll get $15 off your next box! Take a peek in your account to grab your code. 👏
Brazilian Portuguese Phrase of the Day! Stay where I can see you.
Work hard, play harder. That’s my motto! We are well into summer, and after this completely abnormal school year, I am thankful to be playing hard with the kids. This week is dedicated to having fun at the park! I love to have fun as long as the kids are safe… because they do some pretty crazy stuff. We’re starting this week off with one of the first things I say when we arrive at the park, “Stay where I can see you.”
Poll time! What do your kids like more: elevator or escalator? There’s always a favorite. Escalators are cool, and my kids like how dangerous they feel: will I get off in time before the step collapses?! But elevators… they have buttons to fight over! hahah Today, elevators win with the phrase, “Go in the elevator.” If you have the $35 phrasebook, go check out the phrase, “Who wants to push the button?” to talk even more while running errands in the foreign language of your choice!
What is that one thing you know your kids will ask for while out running errands? My boys always ask for those big, round lollipops at Home Depot, and I don’t want to buy them. Cavities are expensive, right?! For as frustrating as it can be when our kids to beg, at least now you will have the opportunity to turn it into a language learning moment! I’m sure your kids will enjoy hearing you say, “I already said ‘No,'” in a second language just as much as they love hearing it in English! ha! 🙃
The struggle is real when it comes to electronics in the car. We have just one store to go to, but Nolan won’t stop asking to play on my phone! Do you feel me on this one? I say, “Look out the window,” just like we all had to when we were kids! Do you play I Spy or Mary, Mary Bumble Bee with your kids while running errands? What tips do you have for me to keep my boys looking out the window and not asking for electronics?
Today’s phrases is something we say more often than we realize. In a traditional foreign language curriculum, this is not a phrase that would be top priority on the grammar list, and yet, as Moms, we say this all the time. How often have you spent minutes just sitting in the parking lot at Target just waiting for your kid to buckle their seat belt? For me, that’s just enough time to sneak another bite of the chocolate I snagged in the checkout line while the kids were busy asking for the little toys at the end of the aisle. I hope this phrase, “Is everyone buckled?” will come in handy on your next Target run!
Have you seen that meme where mom starts out as Cinderella, telling her kids, “Let’s go,” but minutes later, she turns into Cruella De Vil because her kids won’t listen? Hahaha! I love that meme. It’s so funny because it’s me! Practice saying today’s phrase in your best Cinderella voice, but if things don’t go according to plan, you have my permission to avoid your Cruella De Vil by eating some chocolate in the closet! 😜
Russian Phrase of the Day! We are going to run errands.
What’s something you do to prep for or survive a big day running errands? To sweeten the workload, I like to drive through Chick-fil-a with the kids to grab a warm, soft chocolate chip cookie on our way home. This week, we’re using phrases we say while running errands. If you signed up for our free, language starter pack that includes a challenge with phrases you use when loading everyone in the car, you can combine this week’s phrases with the car phrases to talk even more while you’re out and about! So much free stuff! I’m here for ya, Mama! 😜
French Phrase of the Day! After it rains, there is a rainbow.
I know the phrase, “After it rains, there is a rainbow,” is a literal telling of the science of rain and rainbows, but I also love this phrase as a philosophical saying. When life isn’t going exactly according to plan, (um, the last 3 months of everyone’s life!) it is always good to remember to choose joy. Enjoy saying this phrase with your kids—whether you use this phrase to talk about nature or as a life lesson.
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Get it? You’re welcome for that dad joke! Hahaha. You can follow up with that uh-mazing joke after asking your kids today’s phrase, “Do you see the moon?” Do you have some awesome moon jokes? Let’s hear them in the comments below!! There’s nothing better than a good eye roll from a kid who’s embarrassed of their mom or dad!
German Phrase of the Day! The lake is so beautiful!
Mmmmm. A hot day, and a beautiful lake. What a perfect combo. I’m totally the kind of person that says, “The lake is so beautiful,” like a hundred times as we’re out having fun. Especially since for the last couple months my view has been the living room, family room, and kitchen. 😂
Oh, to be able to travel internationally again! The MOST beautiful lake I ever saw was on a business trip with the co-founder of Miche Bag. Do you remember those purses that you could switch off the cover and have a different exterior on your purse? Well, like ten years ago, Annette Cavaness and I had a meeting in Lugano, Switzerland, so we drove from Munich all the way there. As we came out of a tunnel, there were huge cliffs jetting down until they hit the most beautiful lake. I had and have never seen a prettier landscape. It took our breath away. I would love to be able to go there again and just sit and stare at it as the cool air blows on my face… and eat a butter pretzel.
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Romanian Phrase of the Day! The grass is so green.
Darian once said, “We have the grass of my nightmares.” Haha! We don’t know much about lawns, so still not sure what happened to it. To Darian, it looked like a poop minefield! Thank goodness our 87 year old neighbor knows everything about lawns and was sweet enough to tell us to seek professional help and gave us the number to his lawn guys. 😂 Hopefully your lawn looks a little better than ours did, so you can use the phrase, “The grass is so green,” the next time you’re playing outside with your kids!
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Spanish Phrase of the Day! Look at those beautiful flowers.
Last week, we spent so much time in nature, and the weather was sooooo nice. I love nature as long as it’s not too hot out. Then I’m such a baby, dying, being dragged through the forest against my will. 😂 And you thought your kids were bad! This week, we’re focusing on nature phrases, and we’re starting off with flowers! And boy are they beautiful popping up everywhere! What kind of outdoor adventures do you have planned this summer?
German Phrase of the Day! What did I just hear break?
I will never forget when one of my kids, who shall remain nameless, broke my Mac Book Pro. I was so shocked that my Mac Book Pro that I edit videos on, design graphics, and do countless other things with was gone. In an instant.
What’s the worst thing your child has ever broken? Pulling a doorframe from the wall and having a sink come off the counter are high on my list!
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Do you ever hang out in your bathroom for a few extra minutes just to be alone? Or until your legs go numb? Being a mom of younger kids is exhausting. I don’t need to tell you that! When the kids are getting on each other’s last nerves, it is always a good idea to give them space, just like we need space. Use the phrase, “Go in the other room,” for those times when the kids need some time apart. And during this lockdown, boy did my kids need time apart in separate rooms.
Rosetta Stone is a fine option if you want to learn a foreign language by yourself or want your child to be babysat while checking the box for foreign language time. If you would rather learn a foreign language through an immersive, more child-centered program that your whole family can benefit from, TalkBox.Mom is a great option for you!
Brazilian Portuguese Phrase of the Day! Please, stop.
Yelling from across the room, running ahead on the sidewalk, messing with my hair, kids fighting with each other…the list goes on for the many times a day I say, “Please, stop.” This simple phrase will be super easy for your family to learn because it’s so short, and you’ll use it all the time! When’s the last time you had to say, “Please, stop?”
How Does TalkBox.Mom Fit Into the Montessori Method of Homeschooling?
The TalkBox.Mom program provides your family with the opportunity to learn a foreign language in a “real world” way by using practical phrases you would use in regular life. The phrases that your family learns in a foreign language will be relevant to the community and…
Spanish Phrase of the Day! “Tell him, ‘Sorry’,” “Tell her, ‘Sorry.'”
What do you have your kids do after they’ve had a fight? I have my boys share three things they are grateful for about the other person. I want them to remember that their relationship is more important than who got the last bit of Cheerios… Raising children to be kind to others is one of the most important things in today’s world, right? A huge part of it starts with being able to apologize when we are wrong. Use the phrase, “Tell him/her, Sorry,” the next time things get a little out of hand. Let me know in the comments what you do help your kids be kind to each other!
The Pimsleur app is an option if you are an adult wanting to learn a foreign language by yourself and are interested in learning professional terms in order to do business abroad.If you would rather learn a foreign language through an immersive, more child-centered program that your whole family can benefit from, then TalkBox.Mom is a great option for you!
Where are my fellow boy moms?! I was blessed with 3 boys, which means a lot of fighting in our house. Not necessarily angry fighting but mostly play fighting. Anything can become a weapon at any moment in our home. Can you feel me on that? Ha! You thought they were just headphones until they’re being used to take down their brother who is now a zombie. Use the phrase, “Don’t fight,” the next time your boys or girls are just getting a little too rambunctious.
How do I choose a high quality foreign language program without breaking the bank?
If you’re looking for a high quality, fair-priced, effective foreign language program, TalkBox.Mom has got you covered! For just one $80 box every 2 or 3 months, you get the equivalent of paying $600 for a one on one experience with a native speaker.. Plus, that $80 box covers the entire cost for…
Can I Purchase More More Than One Language from TalkBox.Mom?
You might have one kid who wants to learn Hebrew, and another who is adamant that they speak Korean because they love K-Pop so much! Or maybe you have a big family trip to South America planned next year and you want your family to know both Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese. Whatever the reason, you may be wondering if you can purchase more than one language from TalkBox.Mom…
Have your kids ever started fighting in the middle of the grocery store? No? Just me? Ok. Haha! This week is dedicated to helping you encourage your kids to behave. Being a parent is seriously hard work, but hopefully being able to tell your kids, “Don’t hit,” in a foreign language while strolling the Target aisles will lighten the mood!
Don’t forget who taught your children their first language – you! Your children learned to speak their native language at home, with their parents, through normal daily conversation. Why not continue this trend with a new language?
Teach kids French at Home to say, “Push me on the swing”. Phrase of the Day!
Happy Saturday!! I hope you are headed out to barbecue and, maybe even, sit by the pool in this wonderful heat! Kids seem to be able to gobble up their food in 2 minutes flat and then start asking dad for all sorts of things! “Push me on the swing”, “Can you make me a smore?”, …
Maximize Your Foreign Language Learning on a Budget!
There are SO many phrases in one box that your family will be able to speak and understand a large portion of a foreign language with each one! Imagine the mastery of the material you and your children will achieve if you spend 6-12 months on one box—instead of 2-3 months…
How to say, “You need to take a nap” in Spanish. Phrase of the Day!
Here’s a game I know dad will LOVE to play. Start with practicing today’s phrase, “You need to take a nap” together. Now, have dad pretend to get cranky (really, does he need to pretend to be irritated with too much noise in the house?) …
How to say, “Don’t wipe your boogers on your shirt” in German. Phrase of the Day!
Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a kid wipe a booger on their shirt… or better (worse?) yet, your shirt! Eeeww!! Today’s phrase, “Don’t wipe your boogers on your shirt,” is exactly what you may need. You know your kids will get a kick out of learning how to say, “boogers,” in another language! LOL
How Does TalkBox.Mom Fit into the Classical Conversations Homeschool Style?
If you want to encourage Latin learning, adding a second language that integrates Latin, like Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, or Romanian, makes Latin really come alive! Many CC TalkBox.Mom families have…
Are you worried about your accent when speaking a foreign language? Does it make you feel like giving up or not even trying? Like, how can you help your kids learn a foreign language when you sound like, well, you? Here’s some good news. It just takes one step to get over your accent…
How to say, “Don’t pull on my shirt” in German. Phrase of the Day!
Get out the funny Hallmark cards with hammers and flannel shirts on the front! Ha! This week, we are celebrating dad with phrases he would say! As in, these are things Hector says SO much that I couldn’t resist. …
How Does TalkBox.Mom Compare to Having a Bilingual Nanny or Au Pair?
What happens when the nanny isn’t there to continue the foreign language education with your kids? What if she quits? What if she moves away? Will your children’s progress with their foreign language progress stop there?
There is SO much packed into each box, that you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck! One box is all you need for your entire family to start talking in a foreign language together, plus the TalkBox.Mom Companion App with native speaker audio is included. (Not to mention weekly live training with Adelaide, a support group on Facebook, continuous free resources…
How does TalkBox.Mom Pair with the Charlotte Mason Homeschool Method?
TalkBox.Mom is designed for families to learn a foreign language together by talking throughout their day as life happens! You’re educating the whole child by speaking and hearing phrases in the new language, while you’re doing the phrases, and as you’re seeing the phrases in action! Soon your whole day will be filled with a new language!
Does the TalkBox.Mom Program Require a Membership Fee?
There is absolutely no membership fee required to use our program. Whether you purchase a box or a phrasebook (or both), you will have lifetime access to that material without any additional charges. Ever!
Blow Your Foreign Language Tutor Away by Practicing as a Family
If we compare talking in a foreign language to music lessons, you wouldn’t send your child to a lesson and not practice… or have them practice by just looking at sheet music all week and writing notes. They need to play! With a foreign language, they need to talk!
Brazilian Portuguese Phrase of the Day! Let’s sit in the shade.
Ice cream, cake, donuts, popsicles… do you and your kids have a sweet tooth? My boys love a scoop of ice cream in a cone with a cherry on top. Oh, sorry, make that three cherries for Nolan. 😅😘 In the warmer months, …
French Phrase of the Day! There aren’t any clouds in the sky.
The most beautiful things in life are often the simplest, aren’t they? Going for walks has been a sanity saver during the past few months. Sanity. Saver. Yes?! 🙌 Taking a slow stroll for my kids to pick up bugs, look at leaves, and enjoy the spring weather has helped
If you missed yesterday’s phrase, make sure to check it out when you request the Phrase of the Day Calendar. It starts off asking what the weather is like and today’s answer will help build a conversation around weather! …
One of the misconceptions about homeschooling is the feeling that parents need to know it all. The truth is, homeschool parents are far from great oracles of knowledge. I say, “I don’t know,” all the time to my kids! Mostly because they are …
If you could choose one way to make your life easier, what would you wish for? While I’m no fairy godmother, I can grant you the wish of your child saying something in a foreign language in the next 7 minutes! 😜 If that sounds magical to you, then I have the perfect phrase…
Would you like to hear a fun idea that Darian came up with for practicing the phrase, “See you later?” Using different, silly voices with each other, start really high, like a mouse, and then have someone repeat it really low, like a cow. You can come up with different animal…
What’s your idea of a perfect weekend? Mine is swimming in crystal a crystal clear ocean and eating chips and guacamole on a beach chair under an umbrella. Hector and I love this because there’s no phone reception, no distractions, just my family and guacamole. Since starting my business 6 years ago, I’ve worked incredible hard to structure my business in a way…
Brazilian Portuguese Phrase of the Day! Would you please plug in my cell phone?
Have you or your teen ever been in this situation? You finally have a minute to sit down on the couch after a hectic day, only to realize your phone battery is almost dead. And instead of getting back up, you just ask whoever is closest to you, “Would you please plug in my cell phone?” Oh, that tiny bit of help we all just need in our lives.For me, of course, it’s usually almost dead because my kids have been using my phone to play games on it. Tech geniuses can send people into space but can’t seem to figure out how to make my cell phone battery last longer than a kid playing Crossy Road! Why is that?
🖨️ Click the form to the right to get a FREE phrase of the day calendar for this week in the language of your choice.As the kids get older, I find myself answering the yes/no questions my boys are asking me with, “You need to clean your room.” Like, if they ask if they can play video games. It’s not, “yes,” or, “no.” It’s, “You need to clean your room.” hahah! Once that task is done, then things are a little more right in my world. Have you noticed any phrases similar to that, that you say all the time instead of yes or no?
Has your family kept up a routine at home over the past months? What has worked best for you during this crazy time? My older son loves listening to audio books late into the night, so sometimes, he needs a little help waking up in the…
I’ve Tried Other Language Programs Before That Didn’t Work. How is TalkBox.Mom Different?
How much do you remember from Spanish class in high school? Even after two full years, how much did you speak outside of studying for the test? TalkBox.Mom is unlike any other foreign language program out there because…
Thinking about today’s phrase “Where are my keys?” has me reminiscing about when I LOST the keys to my old, little car when I was a teenager, so my brother let me take his car… which was named Aisha, …
Brazilian Portuguese Phrase of the Day! I can’t find the diaper bag.
Which baby bag do you recommend? Did you find one you really liked? I love a bag that is super light weight… a back pack… and black, so I totally love the Ryla bag. But my husband is all about the most practical bag that arrives in two days from Amazon. Anything more than $25 is silly to him.But no matter which bag you have, you’ll end up looking all over for it, saying “I can’t find the diaper bag,” because you’re just really tired! I think this phrase is perfect for ending our week of forgetful mom phrases, because if you have a baby bag, that’s probably the most forgetful you’ll be as a mom, right?!
Chinese Mandarin Phrase of the Day! I need to cook dinner.
Are you someone who loves to cook? I find cooking fun when tacos are involved. I guess that is a little more like assembling than cooking, but I will call it cooking! I could eat tacos every night of the week and be one happy Mama!…
Italian Phrase of the Day! Did you move the clothes to the dryer?
At what age did you have your kids help you with the laundry? Darian began helping ever since he could waddle and grab things. He would happily move clothes from the washer to the dryer, and it just felt …
I’m taking a poll: how good are you at knowing where your phone is? I am so bad about losing my phone. I haven’t lost it lost it in a while. Thank goodness. But when it comes to instantly knowing where I left it last and, like, if I grabbed it …
French Phrase of the Day! I forgot why I came in this room.
Can we talk about mom life for a minute? Our kids think we are forgetful, but the truth is, we have to remember SO much information that we forget the simplest things!! “I forgot why I came into this room” has been said at some point in my week! It happens …
This week we’re focusing on Moms!! The phrases we’re focusing on are ones we say when we have A LOT on our minds and… forget things. Today’s phrase is something I may have just said in the last 2 hours! “Have you seen my keys?”…
Chinese Mandarin Phrase of the Day! I need to use the toilet.
We couldn’t finish up this week’s kid phrases without the all important phrase, “I need to use the bathroom / toilet!” I am not sure if it is so important or more like my kids say this all the time. Why do kids feel like they need to announce this grand event every single time they use the bathroom?!…
“Carry me!” It’s the perfect phrase to motivate a toddler to use a foreign language, or a tired child that can’t take one more step on the walk you just started, or me sitting on the couch with an empty…
Italian Phrase of the Day! I want to go on the swing!
Do you have a swing set in your backyard? I bet they have been a life saver this past month! We got a swing to hang from a tree in our yard, and it’s been nice for me to even relax on. But I’ve totally lived in apartments where we didn’t have a swing!! So if that’s you and swings are off limits at your park, you’ll have to wait to use this phrase. But it…
Romanian Phrase of the Day! We’ve got a stinky diaper!
“Changing a diaper is a lot like getting a present from your grandmother – you’re not sure what you’ve got, but you’re pretty sure you’re not going to like it.” A good one form the Comedian Jeff Foxworthy. 😂…
“What do you do?” Such a vague question, isn’t it?! The quick response is, “I keep little humans alive!” Hahah! A longer response would include all sorts of things, but let’s face it, keeping little humans alive…
Spanish Phrase of the Day! The baby pooped up her back.
What’s on the to do list for today? No matter what it is, it will probably get interrupted with fun things like a kid drawing in permanent marker on their sibling’s arm and a baby’s blow-out diaper at the exact same moment! …
This is a phrase you never want to hear your kid say in a public place, far from a bathroom: “I need to poop.” We can’t control these things, but at least we can control who hears it! Today’s phrase will have your …
Picture this: it’s family movie night at your home. Everyone is snuggled up on the couch, watching the movie when… you smell something, and it isn’t good! You turn to the person sitting closest to you and exclaim, …
What’s your most embarrassing moment as a kid? Please share it below! Mine was taking off my overall strap and accidentally throwing it behind me into the toilet at my elementary school. Like, where do I go from there? …
German Phrase of the Day: Pick everything up off the floor.
Whenever my dad helped us clean when I was a kid, he’d have us get everything off the floor and put it on the couch. Then we’d vacuum. Once the house looked so clean, we just needed to put everything on the couch …
Spanish Phrase of the Day: I just swept the floor.
Did you attend the heart of homeschool event that we were a part of in March? It was with Nicholeen Peck and that woman is AMAZING at getting kids to clean. Like, I can tell my kids that they need to do a chore,…
Italian Phrase of the Day: Let’s put the clothes in the washing machine.
You know, I thought my laundry pile would have gotten smaller with this whole staying-at-home thing, and yet, I almost feel like it has gotten bigger! How is that even possible when one of my kids will ONLY wear pajamas?! Well, that brings me to today’s Phrase of the Day, “Let’s put the…
For a lot of families, that means cozying up on the couch to watch a movie. Tonight, before heading to the family room, why not tell your kids in Romanian, Spanish, or whatever language you want to learn, …
The truth you need to hear to stop holding yourself back!
I want to give you confidence that you’re good enough to speak in a foreign language with your kids. You don’t need to worry about sounding bad, messing up, or not being able to pronounce words perfectly.
Create a LANGUAGE IMMERSION Homeschool—even if You Only Know One Language Now!
By this time next week, you’ll be speaking a language in your homeschool even if you know nothing or are a native speaker who is embarrassed that your kids answer back in English!
Learn to pass up years of trying to learn a foreign language. See how easy it is to teach other subjects in a foreign language. And find out how to leave your anxiety at the door as you talk with native speakers. We want your homeschool to provide a better language immersion experience than you could get anywhere else.
Don’t Waste your High School Spanish Requirement Checking a Box. Change your Teen’s Future by Actually Speaking Spanish
Between two equally qualified candidates, the person that speaks Spanish will often get chosen.
But Spanish is so hard?! Right? Well, if you learned to speak English, I’ll show you how you can start speaking Spanish the same day you start and spend the next two years speaking it even more as a family. And you don’t have to spend time crying over conjugation charts! In this session, you’ll learn how to easily learn Spanish, so you can use it for the rest of your life.
Turn your Homeschool into a Drool Worthy and Scholarly Experience by making Travel a Key Part of your Curriculum
I have to warn you. If you do this, your kids will be obsessed with school, go on and on about what they learn, and beg you for more. They’ll also sound like experts and create their own travel logs that rival the best textbooks. Yes, even your young child that is learning to read or your teen that rather be with their friends. I’ll help you make your homeschool a life-changing and unforgettable experience.
Want your family to consistently learn a language? Do this.
Now that January is coming to an end and sick kids, errands, and chaos might have started to cover any distant memory of a New Year’s resolution, I want to share 5 quick tips with you to help you stay consistent learning a foreign language with your family despite all the craziness.
Italian Phrase of the Day! Take your clothes to the laundry room.
It’s teen week! We are focusing on phrases for all those families out there with older kids. So now, your kids can roll their eyes in a foreign language too! Ha. Just kidding… or not. Today’s phrase is, …
When I was working remotely in Germany, I met so many families that lived on or near a U.S. army base near our Airbnb. The surprising thing was that they’d all lived there for a couple of years, and still couldn’t speak German.
Webinar Recap: Actually Talk in a Foreign Language at Home
Catch the recording of our webinar: Actually Talk in a Foreign Language at Home. After this webinar you’ll know exactly how to talk in a foreign language in your home the same day you start and move all the way to fluency without tears or frustration.
Moana is SUCH an awesome movie, right? We’ve put together the lyrics for “How Far I’ll Go,” in German for you along with the music video and English text, so you can understand this version of the song. “Wieder zieht es mich zum Meer…”
It’s time to take your Frozen obsession to a whole new level by learning to sing “Let It Go” in French. Here you’ll find the music video in French along with the French and English lyrics. “L’hiver s’installe doucement dans la nuit…