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NiHao Little Friends - Learn Chinese with ChinaSprout (2000)

NiHao Little Friends - Learn Chinese with ChinaSprout (2000)
Title: NiHao Little Friends - Learn Chinese with ChinaSprout (2000)

Author: NA
Format: VHS
List Price: $NA
Sale Price: $185.95

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Product Details

  • Director: Paul Wimmer
  • Format: Color, Subtitled
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: (studio name not provided)
  • Video Release Date: December 30, 2000
  • VHS Features:
    • NTSC format (US and Canada only. This VHS will probably NOT be viewable in other countries.)
    • Color, Subtitled
  • ASIN: 0970733208
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars Based on 10 reviews.

Editorial Reviews
Research shows that young children have an amazing aptitude for foreign languages. Developed by veteran Chinese teacher Zhao Sunny Zeng, this 23-minute Chinasprout program makes learning Mandarin Chinese fun and entertaining. An engaging teacher introduces two young, traditionally dressed pupils to the numbers one to 10, colors, fruits, and animals; has them repeat the Mandarin words; and then answer questions like "what color is this" and "what's your favorite animal?" A larger class of children expands upon each basic lesson with songs set to popular children's tunes, fun rhymes, and by imitating some favorite animals. Subtitles are provided in Pinyin and Chinese simplified characters (a version utilizing the standard Roman alphabet that can be phonetically sounded out). Familiar tunes, young children having fun, and a teacher that speaks slowly and clearly add up to a fun show that will teach children ages 3 to 8 some basic Mandarin Chinese. --Tami Horiuchi

Video Librarian, January-February 2002
Say Ni Hao (hello)to this clever, colorful introductory guide to Mandarin Chinese. Enthusiastically recommended for both home and classroom use.

Get ready to have lots of fun learning Mandarin Chinese with ChinaSprout's little friends. This remarkable video gets children singing and dancing along with the kids on the screen as they learn colors, numbers, names of animals and fruits, and more. Created by Zhao Sunny Zeng, an experienced Chinese teacher who has taught in New York City for 10 years, this entertaining program is also a highly effective learning tool. It works as well in a classroom setting as it does at home. To facilitate a parent's or teacher's assistance and interaction, subtitles are in both Pinyin and Chinese simplified characters.Also included in this package is a superb, beautifully illustrated 26 page booklet containing all the vocabulary words, drills, and songs in English, Pinyin, and Chinese characters. Bright graphics and lively tunes make this a winner for 3-8 year olds. We are sure you will find this program to be both fun and educational.

All Customer Reviews
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars

5 out of 5 stars Excellent Beginning, July 2, 2002

Reviewer:   chinadoll17 (Honolulu, HI USA) 

There are very few beginning Chinese language videos for kids so it's hard not to appreciate everything available. This one is very good - I really liked the Chinese pronounciation printed on the screen and little pamphlet that comes along with the video. Makes it easier for the viewer to sing along. The teacher does a good job reviewing numbers, colors, animals, etc. with good teaching aids. (something another earlier-produced Chinese video did not have.) The only small shortcoming is that it appears the video was produced with one camera without any special "add-ins" to raise the quality up a notch. I only say this to alert you if you are used to seeing other kids videos that have very slick graphics and cut-ins and outs. As I noted in the beginning of this review, there are very few Chinese videos fo kids so I very much appreciate something new for my child to watch.

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

4 out of 5 stars Wonderful video with some minor technical flaws, October 15, 2001

Reviewer:   Eduardo Morales (MIAMI, FLORIDA USA) 

My 5 years son and I have enjoyed this video and learnt a lot, my son is getting the very chinese pronounciation of difficult words and really likes it. However the only problem is that a the end of the video there are some technical problems that make the image noisy and not clear.
I am looking forward for a second one.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

5 out of 5 stars Easy to Learn Mandarin, August 31, 2001

Reviewer:   Maureen Robertazzi (East Hanover, NJ United States) 

Our daughter has been eager to learn more Mandarin. She began watching "NiHao Little Friends" at age 4,when it first came out. This video has made it easy to add more words to her vocabulary. She watches the children and teacher repeat the phrases. Having someone speak slowly and clearly on a child's level makes it very helpful. Our daughter and I have learned many useful words withthis video. Ages 3+ seem appropriate.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

5 out of 5 stars NiHao Little Friends, August 28, 2001

Reviewer:   Carol C. (Washington, DC) 

This is a wonderful video. It contains many of the same lessons and songs my daughter is learning at Chinese School. Its great fun and a great teaching tool. My my four year old readily listens to the entire tape!

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