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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Bilingual children & Little Pim product review

I’ve always wished that I was fluent in another language and when I had children that desire was even stronger. I think that it’s imperative for children to speak multiple languages to be able to communicate with our diverse world and be more marketable in the workplace. Being bilingual opens up many doors for individuals.

That’s why I was excited to learn about Little Pim introducing two new characters and three new DVDs in their award-winning Foreign Language Series. I don’t know where I’ve been, but I hadn’t heard of Little Pim before, but I knew my children would be interested in watching it because of the fun characters that are incorporated with the real-life images of children.

And I was right. My children (ages 3, 5 and 6) sat and watched most of the Spanish version of disc 4, which teaches words “in my home” and repeated the words as they were said. I haven’t had a chance to read the parent’s material to best understand how to help them, but I sat there and read the English words that ran across the bottom of the screen.

Honestly, I would have preferred if the characters or children repeated the English and Spanish words so that I didn’t feel the need to assist, but I’m not the language expert so I’ll not say to much about that. They said they enjoyed the DVD and would like to watch more later then they ran off to play.

From LittlePim.com:

little pim products“Little Pim is an award-winning foreign language immersion DVD series for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. We currently offer three theme-based DVDs that use our unique Entertainment Immersion Method™, which combines animation and real kids, teaching simple words and phrases for everyday activities. Each program is available individually or in a discounted three-disc set. Currently we offer Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Hebrew, English (ESL), German, Arabic, and Russian.”

We also have disc 5, which teaches words in the “happy, sad and silly” category and disc 6 is “I can count.” I’m actually looking forward to disc 6 because my children know how to count a little in Spanish so I think they’ll be interested in learning more.

There was one thing that I couldn’t figure out even after searching the Little Pim site, and that is what are on discs 1 through 3. I’m assuming it’s the beginning of teaching foreign languages, but I don’t know. I also searched Amazon, which sells the Little Pim products as well and although I didn’t find any information about other discs I did see that they carry a lot of the products including the Little Pim: 3-Pak (Spanish) set that we have.

Overall, I like the set and think it may be beneficial. I can make a better assessment once my children have watched it more often to benefit from the immersion process. Can your children speak more than one language? If so, how’d they learn?

Disclosure: I received a three-pack Little Pim Spanish set to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received and the opinions expressed are my own. The “Little Pim: 3-Pak (Spanish)” link is connected to my Amazon Associates account and any purchase you make through link will earn me a small commission. Here’s my complete disclosure policy.

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