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Learn Mandarin Chinese with Billy and Benboo, Beginning Level 1 Vol. 1

Learn Mandarin Chinese with Billy and Benboo, Beginning Level 1 Vol. 1
Title: Learn Mandarin Chinese with Billy and Benboo, Beginning Level 1 Vol. 1

Author: Tapeworm
Format: DVD
List Price: $28.99
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Anybody wanting an introduction to Mandarin Chinese would greatly benefit from this video. The teaching methods are clear, concise, and repeated for emphasis each time. Each video has an instructional booklet with phonetic pronunciations for each word.

The cartoon characters are cute, without being cutesy, they don't detract from the message: to teach the basics of an intricate language. The tones that are characteristic of the Mandarin dialect are taught with pictures and sounds that any young child can grasp. One word, spelled exactly the same, has four different meanings, depending on where the inflection is placed and the tonal quality in which it is spoken.

This is a quality product, recommended for anyone wanting to connect with the Chinese culture.

Description
Research shows that children who learn foreign languages at an early age receive life-long benefits:

- Near-native fluency
- Better overall performance in school
- Greater career possibilities

Introduce your child to one of the most useful languages of the future ĘC Mandarin Chinese. Learn Chinese with Billy and Benboo Vol. 1 teaches Mandarin Chinese to children in a fun and accessible manner. Filled with colorful images and modern sing-along songs, this video is sure to engage your child from start to finish. Billy and his cute Shih Tzu dog, Benboo will teach children (and parents) useful phrases and vocabulary words appropriate for everyday situations: meeting and greeting, bathing, eating, and much more. To help develop correct pronunciation, this video also explains pinyin tones in a truly unique and enjoyable way.

* Perfect for beginner students with no previous exposure to Mandarin Chinese.

* Narrated in English with dialogue spoken by native speakers from Mainland China. * Co-developed by a Stanford University Cognitive Scientist and an instructor of Chinese at UC Berkeley.

* Includes six complete lessons with phrase/vocabulary review and songs to reinforce the lessons.

* Accompanied with a support booklet in English, Chinese, and pinyin so parents can follow along and get involved in the teaching process


All Customer Reviews
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars

5 out of 5 stars Educational & Entertaining, May 6, 2004

Reviewer:   Ming Ming (San Francisco, CA) 

My family and I loved the video. It is highly educational and entertaining. By the time you finish watching it you will want a Shih Tzu dog, if you don't already have one! The visuals really helped us remember the tones and words in pin yin too.  

5 out of 5 stars Educational & Entertaining, May 6, 2004

Reviewer:   Ming Ming (San Francisco, CA United States) 

My family and I loved the video. It is highly educational and entertaining. By the time you finish watching it you will want a Shih Tzu dog, if you don't already have one! The visuals really helped us remember the tones and words in pin yin too.

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful:

5 out of 5 stars Learning a new language can be easy and fun!, March 24, 2004

Reviewer:   David Hsiao "hsiaod" (Honolulu, HI USA) 

I watched both the level 1 and level 2 videos with my American-born elementry school nephew and pre-school niece.

The video was appealing to them because it's like a cartoon video. The scenes in the video are very visual and focused, it's directly related to the dialog, so it's very easy for children to understand what the video is teaching.

The music and songs in the video are also great! I love the tunes, they are very catchy. The children learned it really fast, and soon they are singing along.
I also like the fact that the song lyrics are made up of phrases from the teaching material, and repeat itself over and over. This helps the children to learn through repeatition.

My nephew and niece are both attending private after school program to learn Chinese. I saw far more progress after watching the videos for few weeks, than they going to 1-1/2 years of language school. Plus if I watch the video with the kids, I know exactly what was taught in the video, it's much easier for me to start practcing with them. As oppose to going to the language school, which I have no idea what they are teaching, therefore it's hard for me to start a conversation in Chinese with them.
Also the materials from the video are related to things we would normally encounter in real life, so there are many occasions to take the opportunity to practice the vocabularies.

Lastly, the story of all the videos are centered around Billy and BenBoo, the two main characters, and their family, so you'll be familiar with the characters after the first video, and easy to move on to the next. I especially love the adorable dog Ben Boo, he's so playful and brings so much energy!

Thanks Language Tree for making learning so much fun!!! I can't wait to see the next video!

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

4 out of 5 stars Fun and Learn, March 13, 2004

Reviewer:   Martin Liu (California, USA) 

With my eight year old son and infant daughter, I reviewed "Mandarin Chinese Beginning Level 1" presented by Language Tree. What amazes me the most is they make the language learning process entertaining, rather than the traditional way of "pain".

Several songs throughout the video make the whole process fun! Literally, you can dance with the songs while you and your children are learning - that's what I did with my kids. The short sentences are easy to follow, and for every scene you get a quick review on what you just learned. The multiple story sessions are situations you bump into daily. It is amazing that all of the above is packed in just 30 minutes! I am waiting for Language Tree's next video to be produced.

Martin Liu...



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