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Awkward and unpleasant, January 15, 2006
A. VdV (Chicago, IL USA)
I was very disappointed with both the CD and the book. For one, the
Chinese songs on the CD are English songs that have been awkwardly
translated into Chinese - making for numerous, numerous instances of
rushed lines and syllables, as well as contracted or dropped
syllables/words. Additionally, they're not exact translations, either -
the last line of "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" (which, in English, is
traditionally "Head, shoulders, knees and toes!") becomes, in Chinese,
"Eyes, ears, mouth, nose, clap hands!"
I also found the vocals to be horrendous. The English vocals are fairly
standard kid's music fare - annoyingly cutesy/sweet/"dreamy". The Chinese
vocals are, for the most part, a screechy mess.
The only reason I gave this item 2 stars is because my son, despite what I
think, likes the CD. And, to be fair, the spoken Chinese sections aren't
that bad - plus, it's one of the few widely available Chinese language
learning products for children.