Frequently Asked Questions
Why Flip Flop? With so many systems out there, why choose Flip Flop? There are hundreds of reasons, but the three main categories to focus on for your family, when choosing ANY curriculum, are:
- Ease - each and every lesson takes less than 20 minutes. Knowing that a lesson is long (or short) greatly affects the motivation (or lack of) to get it done.
- Learning Style - Flip Flop Spanish has products for each learning style. (More on learning styles down the page.)
- History - Every lesson published has been tested for more than ten years in Sra. Gose’s classes and with guinea pig families (without Sra. Gose present, so the curriculum could stand on its own.) The age range, homeschool lifestyle, and busy-ness of children all was taken into consideration, and the outcome was: the children learn, retain, and are able to speak Spanish!
Where do I start? Which product makes you think: this looks easy! Which one gives you a peaceful or excited feeling? Do that one!
What about other Spanish Programs? While doing marketing research, we put together a chart of comparison, and figured you, our customer, would like the same info in one handy place. We don’t expect that Flip Flop will work for everyone. But we hope so!
If I could only buy one thing, which should I choose?
- If cost is an issue, begin with a set of flashcards.
- If you are not a self-starter, and you’ve looked at the learning styles of your children, choose a workbook.
- If you dislike “structure” or the step-by-step nature of workbooks, the Spanish Fun Activity Calendar is best. One word a day!
- If you're an adult or beginning high school choose Spanish Geniuses.
- If you want to teach the whole family at once purchase See It and Say It.
How do I use it? The “How-To” page in each product is helpful. The product page also gives you more info. And we’re always here to answer questions on the Flip Flop Spanish Facebook page or via email or phone.
This is all kind of overwhelming. How do you stay motivated to stick with a program? When you see progress, it’s motivating! When you have fun, it’s motivating! And, with the See it and Say it System, we even have built in “breaks.” Little chunks of accomplishment keep you going, and knowing that the next lesson will only be 10 to 15 minutes (in any of our products) helps the student and parent continue. Beyond that, every product is relational. You CAN’T do it alone - not effectively. So, children look forward to Spanish, because it is guaranteed one-on-one (or all children-on-one) time with their mom or dad. No screens, no DVD’s, nothing to keep our attention away from our child. THAT is motivating.
What made you choose Spanish – or German – to learn as a family? Location. Because we live in Texas, the most easily practiced second language is Spanish. Spanish is also the second most common language spoken in all of the US, and 43 countries speak Spanish. German, for our third language choice, is because our family ancestry is of German descent, and my husband studied it in college, so the motivation to eat German food, go to Germany, and to please Daddy is high in the children.
How do you get your spouse and children on board for language learning? Most of them are excited already. But when you look at the sidebar on the right, usually one of those motivators resonates with the family members. Having a “code” of any kind is exciting for most ages, and as long as the lessons are kept chunky and light, and the sentences used to speak to them are able to be understood, confidence and momentum builds, with Flip Flop. However; boring grammar drill, or impossible to master lists of vocabulary are difficult to get excited about.
Do you carry other languages besides Spanish? We do have French as a PDF+MP3 download for the early learners, but the only current products for sale are Spanish. Our philosophy is "when you divide your attention, both things suffer"; I'm a Spanish teacher...that is my first, best purpose. Spanish is my focus because it's the second most spoken language in the United States.
Learning Styles? What’s that? There are generally three accepted learning styles:
- Visual (most people)
- Audial (minority)
- Tactile/Kinesthetic (pretty much everyone diagnosed with ADD/ADHD.)
To learn about your learning style, and how to achieve success in EVERY subject, The Key to Learning Anything will answer all your questions. Knowing YOUR style is very important as well.
How much time should I schedule each week for language study? The truth is ANY time studying is better than no studying. So five minutes a week is actually beneficial in a teensy way. However, for true progress toward fluency, the minimum would be three times per week, 20 minutes or so per sitting. Daily study, of course, is best.
Coming FAQs:Where can I research studies about the benefits of language learning (references)?
What are some study strategies that have worked with you?
Any tips for working Moms who want to help teach their children a language?
What is your best advice about teaching and learning language?
Which product fits me best?
What about immersion?
What do you think about Rosetta Stone?
Why are the pages upside down like that?
How often do I have to do it?
When will my child be able to translate?
What about an authentic accent?
More Questions? Send an e-mail to Señora Gose. She loves this stuff!