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French for Kids: Learn French with Penelope and Pezi, Beginner Level 1, Vol. 1 (2008)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Digital Sound, DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • 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)
  • Studio: Language Tree
  • DVD Release Date: January 17, 2005
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007KX4HE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,318 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

"Learning French has never been so much fun. This wonderful program introduces children to the language using a setting that they can easily relate to and non-intimidating vocabulary. Each lesson includes brief skits with dialogue using the target words. Several of the lessons include upbeat songs that contain the targeted vocabulary and will have children singing along in no time. A comprehensive phrase review and song booklet is included that contains all of the dialogue, translations, and answers to the quizzes. A must-have for every collection." – Veronica Schwartz, School Library Journal

FRENCH FOR KIDS is a DVD and booklet set that makes learning French a fun adventure for your child. Starring native French speakers and 3-D animated characters, FRENCH FOR KIDS teaches basic conversational French within the context of a fantastic children’s birthday party, filled with lively songs, delicious food, and playful games. Pénélope and her adorable French-speaking puppy, "Pezi", introduce practical everyday phrases for meeting and greeting, counting, eating, playing, and much more. • Incorporates Language Tree’s breakthrough Multi-Cognition Approach TM, developed by a Stanford University Cognitive Scientist

• Contains 7 complete lessons on everyday French conversation

• Features DVD interactive games that tests your child’s comprehension of the lessons

• Introduces over 100 practical phrases and vocabulary words

• Lively sing-a-long songs reinforce new words and phrases

• Chapter menu allows quick access to a specific lesson

• Accompanied with a learning booklet so parents can review the lessons together with their children

French not only a beautiful language, but also one of the mostly widely-spoken second languages in the world. Give your child the "Language Advantage" with Language Tree.


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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied Parent May 2, 2006
By Coley
I'm very surprised at the negative reviews. While this DVD is clearly not made from Walt Disney Studios, it does what it's supposed to do - introduce French words and phrases to children in an easy-to-follow way. The actors speak authentic French. What is taught is quite useful - introductions,counting, colors, playing, food, etc. The actors use these words and phrases within a simple storyline and they are again repeated during the review section. They are also repeated once more in the songs that are scattered throughout the DVD (the songs are pretty catchy by the way - more so than in other children's videos). So, if you are looking for pure entertainment,

this video is probably not for you but if you want a tool that can hold your child's attention and teach them French, then you should give this a try.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but not great June 22, 2006
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First, the good points of the DVD: the French phrases are useful ones; they are introduced logically, repeated often, and the quizzes give kids the chance to practice and reinforce. Now the negative: the quality of the acting and the graphics is really cheesy - which is not the end of the world, especially for kids ... but what bothers me most is that the sound quality is awful. Even being able to speak French myself, I had a hard time hearing what was said in several places, just because it's blurred and the sound level is inconsistent. Also, in many places the learning happens only through written cues onscreen, which is okay for an adult, but not for the preschool age that the DVD is suitable for. My 4 1/2 yr old can use the remote enough to get through the quizzes himself, but I still have to stick around to read the text to him! So, unfortunately, a good concept, but poorly executed. I would still buy this DVD though; my son enjoys it, and it's a useful learning tool. Just don't expect too much.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great start to learning French February 21, 2005
My kids (3 and 5 years old) enjoy very much the film. They love guessing the answers for the games, and are already starting to sing the French songs.

I find this film a very good complement to the French songs we listen to. The words are simple and easy to catch on. And even my 3 year old shouts the colors along with the film! And the kids in the film have an energy that just keeps my kids interested.

It's just amazing how fast they can learn at that age.

Definitely a thumbs up!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars okay, but there are much better options November 30, 2008
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We bought a few french teaching dvds for our son, and this movie is alright.. The french is spoken so quickly (like at a regular pace) that it's very hard to understand/learn. I know some french and I still struggled to follow. I would recommend the Bonjour Les Amis videos before this, or if you have the money, get Muzzy. It's an amazing program; much more captivating for children than these other movies. (and you get french, spanish, german, english, and british english all in one set. :)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun way to help teach French to your kids October 20, 2005
This is a great film, I highly recommend it!

Our kids are learning French and this film is a great boost to their French vocabulary. They love to watch the film and I hear them talking to the video and trying to guess the answers in French.

This film is definitely helping them acquire basic works like numbers and colors.

Once the film is over, they also sing along some of the French songs, which always amazes me :)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Great! March 7, 2005
I purchased this DVD for my 3 year old and soon realized that it was not for her. Within 15 minutes she lost interest. The actors spoke very fast and was often times unintelligible for a three year old to understand. I think that this would be great learning tool for an older child that could read the enclosed booklet at the same time. I am hoping that if I continue to play it that eventually she'll pick up small amounts of the language. At least then I can say I got my money's worth.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing November 2, 2005
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Good points: the French taught is authentic, useful and relevant for a young child. The French speakers have standard accents and speak slowly enough for a child learning the language but not so slowly that they distort the language. But Language Tree could have done SO much more. In the end there is actually very very little taught.

Not so good points: the little quizzes are silly and don't seem like the best way to reinforce what is taught, certainly not to a child. I'd like to see more repetition (children saying the words over and over in different situations). I think anybody much older than 5 would be bored with this, and younger than that, most kids aren't good enough at the DVD remote control to be able to do the quizzes by themselves (or even understand the concepts).

My 3 year old quite enjoys this DVD (which is why I gave it 3 stars and not 1) but it requires that I sit there with her the whole time (you cannot bypass the lame and tiresome quizzes).

I don't mind that it's filmed in somebody's living room. What I cannot understand is why the host (now I'm sure he's a nice guy... but...) is even in this DVD. He is clearly uncomfortable in front of a camera, his French accent on the few words he speaks isn't good, and it looks like the doorbell rang while he was making his costume and he never got to finish it.

All that said, I will actually buy the Volume 2 DVD if it's available. As per above, my daughter likes it....
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3.0 out of 5 stars Audio is not that good
This video is not as clear as I would have liked it to be. The audio is not clear as well. I had to rewind the dvd to hear what they actually said. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Diana Lovely
3.0 out of 5 stars Read Carefully
I know that this may seem silly, but I was searching for a French program - meaning a French interactive disc that I could use on my computer with my son to learn French. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kat
1.0 out of 5 stars Interactive DVD game is screwy and too advanced for "littles"
Anything is better than nothing, so I can't tear it down completely, although I just reduced my 2 stars to 1 after watching it for the 4th time. Read more
Published 13 months ago by P. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I really like it! and I hope the make more of this learning DVD.We like it a lot. and it is not too hard.
Published 14 months ago by Elvida Masson
3.0 out of 5 stars Good program but poor audio
We borrowed this from the library prior to deciding to purchase based on some of the reviews about the audio. Unfortunately, I have to agree that the audio is poor. Read more
Published 15 months ago by CMA
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good...look elsewhere
Can't hear/ understand much of the DVD, and really not a good place to introduce a beginner to the French language.
Published 19 months ago by roger w. shoemaker
3.0 out of 5 stars Simple instruction a good 1st instructional video for kids
I used and purchased this dvd for my son who is almost two years old. He is picking up words slowly but that's because of his attention span at this age. Read more
Published 23 months ago by LIONESS
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Introduction to French
This is a great introductory DVD that can help your children (and you) grasp the French language. The cast of very cute kids motivated my kids to want to learn to speak French. Read more
Published on August 24, 2011 by Janna
2.0 out of 5 stars video review
this video was difficult to understand because the sound is not the best quality. My 6 year old likes it though and she has picked up some words and phrases but the sound quality... Read more
Published on June 12, 2011 by roger
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Video!
I really enjoyed this video, and more importantly so did my kids. I put this on for my kids, 3 and 5, and they just love it. Read more
Published on August 9, 2010 by Jan
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