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Brainy Baby - Spanish (2002)

Brainy Baby - Spanish (2002)
Title: Brainy Baby - Spanish (2002)

Author: Koch Vision Entertai
Format: DVD
List Price: $19.95
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Editorial Reviews
Research shows that during the early years, a child's brain is wired to absorb the syntax, sentence structure, and dialect of a second language. Based on the concept of total language immersion, Brainy Baby: Spanish is a commendable tool for those seeking bilingual enrichment for their youngsters. Only Spanish is spoken through 45 minutes of instruction and live-action footage that covers familiar objects, colors, numbers, and phrases. While there are several bilingual videos on the market by notable companies, this one stands out for its superb sound and picture quality, lively footage, and extra DVD features such as a Spanish nursery rhyme, interactive story, and (when kids need a break from language lessons) entertaining bloopers. While not meant to be a child's sole source of bilingual instruction, it's a worthy tool, especially if adults can reinforce the lessons throughout the child's day. The instruction is solid, the picture quality superb, and the interspersed frivolity reminds us that captivating kids is the ultimate goal of education. (Ages 2 to 5) --Lynn Gibson

From the Back Cover
This video focuses on skills such as; Colors and Numbers, Familiar Phrases, Favorite Objects, Action Words, Fun Songs and Music! The Brainy Baby Learning Library is the pioneer in infant development videos. It is the first video series that will help stimulate your child's cognitive development.

All Customer Reviews
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

5 out of 5 stars About Spanish words, December 22, 2004

A Kid's Review

I have not seen this video but I am from Puerto Rico and I can attest that in PR "bola" is used for ball, "pelota" is used less often. Also in PR we use "anaranjado" for orange and not "naranja". "Crayones" I have heard only from people who speak spanglish. However in PR we use "Crayolas" for crayons. We use the brand name like when peolple call tissue paper Kleenex or diapers Pampers. I think that the makers of the video may have wanted to include terms used in different Spanish speaking countries but in the future they should be more careful to make it accessible to all Spanish speaking countries.

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful:

3 out of 5 stars Pretty good video, November 17, 2004

Reviewer:   Ariana (CA) 

I bought this video for my two year old. Although it does teach a lot of spanish words it is not entertaining enough to keep her attention,she tends to wonder of and do something else, it is lacking color and imagination, the music is not that great either. I suggest you try "Rayitos Del Saber - Las Formas", they only have this one video so far but it is very lively, it has great puppets segments and the music is great. It'll keep your child entertained while it teaches him/her Spanish.

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful:

2 out of 5 stars I was dissapointed., October 15, 2004

Reviewer:   ROB (MA USA) 

First, I should say that I am originally from Spain, and my wife is from Central America. Our native language is Spanish, which we are proud to cultivate. Now, let's get on with the review.

We bought this DVD for my 20 month year old hoping to expose him to some Spanish via the TV. Both my wife and I speak to him in Spanish.

First, I would like to address the content of the DVD.

As a previous reviewer said, the DVD uses a NON-native speaker. The first lesson starts by showing a plastic soccer ball. The proper word in Spanish word for a ball is "pelota". "Bola" is generally used for hard balls, like a bowling or a billiard's ball. Next, the video shows a box of crayolas. The announcer goes on to say "Crayones". What!!?? Sorry, but that is not a real word. I guess "pinturas", "lapices de colores", "colores", "ceras" was too hard to come up with? Next, orange is translated as "anaranjado". The proper translation is "naranja". "Anaranjado" means "like orange". I could go on an on...

Let's now atalk about the format of the DVD.

Sorry, but it is not entertaining enough for a kid. It basically bombards him/her with words & images. There are no sketches or stories of any kind. It is very likely that your kid will soon turn away from the set and go on to more interesting things. I suggest you play one chapter at a time to avoid overloading the kid. My oldest son is now 22 moths old and this DVD is too basic for him. I hope that gives you an indication of the level of the content.

To conclude, I would like to point out that this DVD was probably done with very little money and it shows. For the money, this DVD should have better content, better presentation, and include a color picture book.

Unfortunately for those of you that are looking for a decent Spanish DVD to teach your kids, there isn't much out there. This is the winner by default, and hence my 2 star rating.

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:

5 out of 5 stars No better way to intoduce the spanish language to kids., August 18, 2004

Reviewer:   K. Doerges "Heather Doerges" (Spearfish, SD) 

I have taken many years of Spanish...had a million teachers with differing backgrounds and dialects.(i.e. Castillian, S.American, Mexican).. I loved this video! I thought it was very thorough...almost like a first year Spanish class.
I agree that there are a few words that are not too commonly used..but, there are different dialects throughout the world, and the words the video teaches.. gets the idea across..no matter which Spanish speaking nation is listening.
I think..as a VERY busy..somewhat bi-lingual mother of 2..that the video is an excellent way to teach your kiddos spanish words and phrases.
Another thing I liked about the video was that it is very much like a classroom exercise..it taught, gave examples, asked questions..sang a song using words learned..then it reviewed everything taught.
The video is definately for older toddlers...my 3 yr. old will watch it (on occasion)..my 17 mo old will watch it...(sort of)..yet, she has no clue what is going on and doesn't really care. But..my husband watched it and learned beginning Spanish..:)
I really think..if you have a school age kid..get it..a child over 31/2.. get it..a younger child..get it...and play it while they are doing something else...you may learn something too!

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