Though I can speak two languages I wish I could speak 3 or 4 or 9! I may be able to pick another one up in my life but my kids are still at a moldable stage in life. Their potential for learning more languages is much higher and I want to take advantage of that. I don’t want to make it drudgery though. I want them to want to learn; not to find the process distasteful.
WhistleFritz understands this and has produced a series of DVDs in several different languages geared directly for young children. Thanks to Tomoson I received a complimentary French for Kids: #OnVaJouer DVD for my children to use. When I received the DVD I read all about their reasoning behind how they do their lessons. Unlike most lessons for adults that involve some level of explanation and translation there is none in the WhistleFritz lessons. Their method of teaching is much like learning your first native tongue. You couldn’t read and there was no one to translate for you into baby babble. You merely associated the sounds you were hearing with what you saw or felt.
In the lessons a pleasant and happy lady uses a jovial and clear tone to speak to the children in French and French alone. Following her visual cues and the cartoons you soon can understand exactly what she’s talking about. Though it may at first be a bit difficult to catch every word it is clear enough to understand and repeat the key words. There are also little guessing games and songs for dancing to help reinforce the key words.
My oldest dove right in and was enthralled. My little one was at first intimidated but once I explained to her what was going on and why there was no translation she was more accepting and started to have fun. It was just a matter of personality difference but was easily overcome with some coaxing.
Overall my children and I enjoyed the video lessons. We would like to get more in the set once we master this DVD which focused on the parts of the body.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.