Posted by Aaron on May 28, 2012
What are cookies?
Often referred to as browser cookies or tracking cookies, cookies are small, often encrypted text files, located in your web browser’s directory. They cannot be used to identify you personally and can’t harm your computer or mobile device. They are essential to allow the Speekee website to function correctly.
- keeping track of what items you have added to your basket
- remembering who you are when you return at a later time
We use two different types of cookies:
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The following table summarises the cookies used on our website.
Cookies used by us
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Without it, every page would be treated as your first visit to the site and anything added to your basket would be instantly forgotten. Online shopping would, therefore, be impossible.
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||Several starting with the letters utm
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Posted by Jim on May 24, 2012
Week 20 is our third and final week in the classroom, Episode “La Clase”. We put together a paper doll from Speekee’s template and practiced naming body parts. I would point while my daughter named them. She would point while I named them. We also printed out some math worksheets and practiced writing numbers up to 20, then adding and subtracting in Spanish. For a review and to wrap-up our time in the classroom, we watched the episode one more time and worked on some of our new vocabulary (please/thank you, family member names, numbers, school supplies, etc.). This episode was jam-packed with information and useful phrases. Also, it was such a neat bonus getting to see inside an authentic Spanish classroom and notice differences and similarities to an American classroom.
Posted by Jim on May 8, 2012
It’s easy enough to talk about the importance of music in language learning; and promoters of language products are not shy when it comes to wordplay.
But any words of mine pale when compared with real proof:
(click on the image to watch the video)
These two budding linguists are watching Speekee TV.
THEIR SPANISH IS GREAT!
My thanks to Krista Guerrero of Intellectual Baby, LLC
Posted by Jim on May 8, 2012
And back to this again:
Establishments in the Old Quarter of Arcos de la Frontera who choose to take part in the annual May Crosses event, are, for a couple of days, given a large plastic cross peppered with many small holes.
You will notice that squeezed into the cross is a squashy green substance. I don’t know the name of that stuff but, when wetted, it serves as a kind of bedding for the flower stems which nestle into it so they don’t fall out. Once the flowers go in you get a rather beautiful effect such as the one shown in picture two above. And then it’s a case of whatever decoration you surround your cross with.
This year our family chose something of a flamenco theme for the cross we decorated:
courtesy of: http://azaharsemanasanta.blogspot.com.es
All good fun!
Posted by Jim on May 5, 2012
This is Antonio:
This is also Antonio:
Yes, in Speekee there are two Antonios.
Real names? Antonio and Antonio. We might have renamed one of them for the sake of avoiding confusion, but then Speekee likes to keep it REAL. Authentic. Genuine.
So Antonios they remained! (And so far, no confusion that I know of).
Posted by Jim on May 3, 2012
We are still visiting an authentic Spanish classroom this week. Our studies included drills on school supply names and colors, such as “Un boli rojo” (a red pen). While learning to ask if someone has an item for us to borrow, we played along with a cute worksheet titled “What’s Missing”. For example, I would ask my child (in Spanish) if she had any glue that I might borrow. Then she would answer (in Spanish) based on which items were displayed on her paper. My 3 year old enjoyed having her own copy so that she could play along as well. We also worked on terms for family members, using a word find that we printed off of the Speekee site and also some printable photos of the children’s family in the episode clip. Once my 10 year old knew the terms, we also used them in regards to our own family. My 3 year old loves the movie clips and catchy songs. My 10 year old enjoys the creative ideas for practice and review.