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Foreign Language Game Review: Lingua Fun Spanish, French, German


Card Games/Audio

By Penton Overseas

Our Recommended Age: 8-up

Our Rating: A

 

 

Linguafun!: Spanish Language Learning Card Games (Linguafun! CD and Card Games)

 

Linguafun! French: Language Learning Card Games (Linguafun)

 

Linguafun!: German (Linguafun! CD and Card Games)

 

 

 


LinguaFun! Language Learning Card Games are available in different languages, such as Spanish, French, and German, and each set includes:

  • An audio CD

  • Two decks of 54 cards each: one deck from the Family Series deck, and another deck from the Travel Series deck.

  • Instructions

 

The sets are designed as learning tools to help children and adults acquire a second language through both audio and visual methods. Popular card games help to reinforce foreign language words, phrases, and sentences.

 

The sets can be used in a variety of ways. Children can listen to the audio CD to hear the pronunciation of the cards. The cards can serve as flash cards, and can be rearranged to form many different sentences. Kids can play card games either alone or with others, so that they learn as they play.

 

Each package comes with two decks of cards. The Family series cards feature everyday word usage, and the Travel series cards feature phrases and sentences most commonly used while traveling. 

 

The cards are both numbered and color-coded. For example, in the German edition, the set of three cards numbered 3 in the Family series are: a red card with the phrase "I'm going to" and its German equivalent, "Ich werde"; a white card that reads "read a book" or "ein Buch lesen" in German; a blue card that reads, "at three fifteen", or "um drei Uhr funfzehn".

 

The resulting phrase is: "I'm going to read a book at three fifteen." The English version should be read in the order of  red, white, then blue cards to form a sentence. In German, however, it is read in this order: red, blue, then white.

 

The cards can be rearranged to form many other sentences. Instead of "at three fifteen", one could use "tomorrow" or "this morning", for example. Instead of "I'm going to", kids can add the phrase "I'd rather", and so forth

 

Instructions for card games are given. Go Fish is the most basic game, and is the only one that concentrates simply on number learning. The rest of the games involve reading and speaking the phrases and sentences on the cards. The game of Solitaire involves attempting to form sentences from face-up cards, filling in the spaces with face-down cards, and going as far as possible. Crazy Colors plays much like Crazy Eights. The other suggested games include Concentration, Gin Rummy, and War.

 

Phonetic guides are included on each card, serving as pronunciation reminders. 

 

These sets are ingenious. Both kids and adults will benefit from this "edutaining" approach to learning a second language!

 

Our Rating:


 

A

For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Linguafun!: Spanish Language Learning Card Games (Linguafun! CD and Card Games)

Linguafun! French: Language Learning Card Games (Linguafun)

Linguafun!: German (Linguafun! CD and Card Games)

 

Reviewed December 2004
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