Sam didn't exactly set his own goal for 2011, but I'd been wanting to try out that Rosetta Stone software for quite some time and we finally got it. I noticed that Sam picked up the Spanish words in this book I was reading him (an English picture book with a few Spanish words) and I would catch him repeating them throughout the day. I've often lamented that we don't have bilingual friends or a Spanish playgroup for him to go to or something like that because his little brain is so wired for language acquisition right now. Our library offers a language learning course, but the style seems too "teach-y" and not enough like the way we naturally learn. Of all the programs I checked out, I like this one the best because it seems similar to the way babies learn language. There's no English instruction, everything is in Spanish and is very visual. You see pictures, hear the words in Spanish, then you hear the word and pick the right picture. As you go along you build on what you know, just the way little kids learn their native language. The program isn't designed for little kids, but when Sam and I do it together it works really well. You can choose what emphasis you want (grammar, vocab, speaking etc.) and I've set ours to speaking and listening for Sam. He sits on my lap and wears the headphones with the microphone. I can see the words on the screen and hear his headphones a bit so I operate the mouse and he repeats everything he hears; it works great. It's so interesting to watch him learn. He started out kind of butchering the Spanish sounds that we don't use in English, but already he's smoother and learning the new sounds and rhythms of a different languge. Sometimes we go back and do the pronunciation part again. Our appraoch is pretty loosey-goosey and low pressure so it's fun for him. He enjoys just sitting on my lap and and having some mama time, and I think if we do it regularly, even if it's only a few minutes at a time, that he'll really pick it up. It's pretty exciting to watch. I've had fun brushing up on my Spanish too. Some day, when the kids are older, I'd love to set a goal as a family to learn a language to a certain level of proficiency and then reward ourselves with a trip somewhere we could speak the new language.