This straightforward and captivating video series is designed
to expose babies and toddlers to basic vocabulary in a foreign
language. Each video is entirely dedicated to a single
foreign language--be it Spanish, French, German, or others--which
is refreshingly simple and focused. What's more, each video in the
series features similar content and format, making it easy for
parents to offer more than one language to their children without
over-stimulating or confusing them.
Each video features live-action video of real-life objects and
people. Plenty of friendly faces and familiar, everyday objects
appear on the screen, helping to keep young children engaged. New
vocabulary is introduced one word at a time before it is combined
into a sentence. For example, in Section 1, the foreign language
equivalent of boy, eat, and apple are
introduced one by one, and then the sentence, The boy eats the
apple, is spoken and illustrated. Each new vocabulary word is
illustrated in two different ways--for example, two women in
different settings illustrate the word for mother.
Section 2 introduces numbers in different ways--naming the
numerals, counting objects (1,2,3,4,5,6...six apples), and
asking young viewers how many objects are on the screen.
Section 3 introduces colors one by one, and then identifies the
color of each item onscreen (for example, a brown horse).
Children are asked, What color is the horse? After a pause,
the narrator answers the question.
Sections 4 & 5 introduce familiar words, phrases, and
sentences like I love you, and thank you.
The material introduced in the first 5 sections is sensibly
reviewed in Section 6 of the video--the final segment--complete
with traditional tunes.
"Lessons" are organized and follow a logical
sequence. Still, the videos manage to be rather engaging. How
engaging they will be to your little one will depend largely on
his or her character and age--patient toddlers will love all the
visuals while babies and more video-savvy preschoolers may not be