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Baby Einstein - Language Nursery (1998)

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2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Baby Einstein
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: March 12, 2002
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005YUPM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,117 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Baby Einstein - Language Nursery" on IMDb

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  • Video Tutorial: Baby Einstein Overview
  • Printed Parent Guide

Editorial Reviews

DESCRIPTION:From the moment babies are born, they use their developing senses to discover the world. In terms of sight, bold patterns in contrasting colors or black and white are initially preferred. As for sounds, Mother s gentle voice, in any language, is music to baby's ears. Language Nursery: Voices From Many Lands acquaints your baby with the sounds of foreign language by presenting delightful, visually stimulating images accompanied by spoken passages, natural sounds and music -- including nursery rhymes sung by mothers in their native languages of English, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. It's a rich, multicultural experience you and your baby can share as you watch, listen and play together! END

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Its a DVD not an audio CD November 4, 2003
By Dr
My complaints are mostly wrapped around the "concert Hall" index. There are 24 songs on the DVD in a variety of languages. It is great except there are no visuals associated with the songs. The same with the alphabet and counting section. there is merely a voice reciting the alphabet and numbers in 7 different languages. You would think that the letters and numbers would flash on the screen in different colors or something. Needless to say, my little one doesn't pay any attention to the video. She is one who "watches" TV all the time, so we bought this to make her TV viewing more developmentally appropriate and educational.
The home theater section is just like others have commented, a stream of sing-song like speaking. there are visuals associated that sometimes don't match up. It is tough to follow because the languages are all mixed up in order and there are no cues to tell you what language it is.
The only section that I like on this video is the language lab index (a very short segment of the DVD). There are vocabulary words stated with pictures that flash on the screen. there are separate lessons for the seven languages (this time you choose the language). This is more developmentally appropriate, but be aware, they also sell Baby Einstein cards to go with the video. Had I known, I would have just bought the cards and did the same thing myself.
Regarding the navigation of the DVD, it is awful. There is a caveat in the parents guide that states it varies by DVD player. However, the menus are compartmentalized, so there is no way to get back to a "main menu" without stopping the DVD and starting again. Strange.
I am not giving up on the Baby Einstein videos. I have heard great things about the Bach, Mozart, and Neptune. I will definitely read the reviews first and possibly rent from the library next time.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible-don't waste your money August 4, 2006
By Dr. B
This supposed 'language lab' is VERY poorly designed. The dvd consists of images of items with a nursery rhyme or poem being recited in another language. The amazing thing is that the item shown has no relation to the words being spoken! It might as well be completely random sounds, since anyone who has studied child language acquisition knows that babies learn from making observations of language used in context. While I understand that supposedly this DVD is only intended to 'stimulate' the brain, by six months, a baby's brain has developed specifically to hone in on the sounds presented in his own native language, and to selectively ignore others. The brain continues to prune and forge neural networks in response to sounds from the language spoken in the home, thus the idea that random speech sounds are somehow beneficially stiumlating is invalid. A baby's brain becomes stimulated by the sounds that appear repeatedly in his own language. Habituation and imaging studies have shown this time and time again. Imagine if the baby's brain gave equal attention to any sound--the brain would waste valuable time and resources on information that would not be useful in learning to communicate with his caretakers. We acquire langauge so rapidly because the brain is selective.

Babies depend heavily on repitition, adult modeling, observing cause and effect, and from watching other people's behaviors to learn language. The idea that your child with learn anything from just hearing forgien language sounds out of context is very silly. If you want your child to learn language sounds and words from a language not spoken in the home, try exposing him to another language speaker on a routine basis, or show him programs like Dora or Sesame Street, where there is lots of explicit context to help a baby infer meaning, clear annunciation, and repition.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor learning tool/Boring!!! March 17, 2005
I purchased this DVD for my 2 year old great niece. Boooring! I gave it a 2 star for the visuals. The DVD is divided into 2 main learning parts.

1. Play-involves using different colorful moving toys, colorful shapes, and other objects to engage the child in some form of visual play while the speaker counts, sings, or tells a short story in a specific language. The problem with this part is that the languages change back and forth. One minute it's French, the next its something else. You can't select the language of your choice, here! It just bounces around, back and forth!!! It's totally disorganized! I got confused!

2.There is a section called Bonus material. In this area, you can select a specific language and here it teaches the child to count to twenty, names of a few fruits i.e apple, banana, grapes, animals... cow, duck, goat, and other items (clock,train). The bonus area is very brief. Not much of a bonus.

Then the DVD has an area where it offers you an opportunity to purchase some of the items used in the program ( some of the toys); most have been discontinued.

Also, some areas in the program play the music so loud that it's difficult to hear the lesson. The program offers French, English, Spanish, Hebrew, Italian,Russian, Japanese, and German.The program is 30 minutes long;this includes the introduction and the sales pitch at the end. For $16.00, this is not much of a value. BEWARE!! There is a note on the back of the case, on the bottom, that warns that "all players may not be able to access all features". This makes it even less of a value!

Mine is going in the trash!!!

This program is directed towards ages 0-3 years.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Skipped alot
Published 1 month ago by nworley86
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
DVD is one of my favorite child.
Published 1 month ago by shinjung kim
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend buying only one Baby Einstein at a time...or save your...
If you are going to get a Baby Einstein, I suggest this one. But, you can save your money by checking out Netflix, or other sources, for children's programs that feature a variety... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shelli
3.0 out of 5 stars Little strange as it goes through many many languages but ...
Little strange as it goes through many many languages but does not translate what it is saying to have teach what you are hearing.
Published 2 months ago by Sam00
5.0 out of 5 stars Replaced toys on a 7 yr old jumper...FREE!!
We bought a Baby Einstein jumper and activity center 7 yrs ago and when we brought it down from the attic for our second baby we realized we were missing two of the toy... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars My nephew loves this
I purchased this DVD in used condition for less than a buck. My eight-month-old nephew really seems to enjoy it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars coming to dvd
the direct-to-video movie coming only to dvd in 2013 tuesday november 12 pre-order right now or you're dead forever haha
Published 11 months ago by BEN¼
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea but misses the mark.
It's nice to think that you can expose your children to different languages in a format or setting they will enjoy but at the end of the day when they don't understand it you can't... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Simon Bardizbanian
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute but doesn't capture my ten month old's attention for long
I thought that this would be a good dvd because of all of the different languages but it's all a bit too much! Read more
Published 17 months ago by T.J.P
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
My four month old son seems to really pay attention to the bright colors and this gives him exposure to many different languages. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Brandon Garcia
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