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Spanish for Beginners: Vamos a Jugar (Let's Play), 1st Edition

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Winner of an iParenting Media Award. Endorsed by KIDS FIRST! Winner of The National Parenting Center's 2007 Seal of Approval. Winner of Creative Child Magazine's 2007 Preferred Choice Award.

In this 1st edition of the award-winning Spanish immersion program, children explore the world of the body and play. Accompanied by young friends and puppet pals, children will learn the parts of the body, clothing, numbers, and more! Children won't be able to resist dancing and singing along to this Spanish immersion DVD's toe-tapping, hand-clapping, maraca-slapping new songs, including the favorite Spanish folksong Los Ninos Cuando Bailan, new twists on favorite children's songs Cabeza, Hombros and Ojos, Orejas and the irresistable new toe-tapper Los Deditos.

This Spanish immersion program builds children's Spanish vocabulary, through skits, dance, Spanish songs, and play. Children learn the Spanish words for the parts of the body, clothing, and numbers. The program continues to reinforce Spanish words learned in Whistlefritz's first Spanish immersion DVD, Los Animales, as well. The Translation Guide provides an easy reference for parents who are first-time learners of Spanish. The guide lists words as they appear for the first time in the program.

Designed for ages 2-5, Vamos a Jugar is perfect for the whole family!


Bright graphics, live-action footage of children, an engaging young teacher, songs, and games present basic Spanish language terms such as parts of the body, numbers, colors, articles of clothing, and more. In a format reminiscent of Blues Clues, the children and the teacher are shown against animated backgrounds, giving variety and visual appeal to the presentation. . . [T]he well-structured DVD uses context and repetition to clarify meaning. The sense of playing a game is continuously maintained. The total immersion technique is consistent throughout and the use of repetition is excellent. Young children will be happy to join in and will pick up phrases and words easily. A short "Translation Guide" lists all the words and phrases used in the DVD in the order in which they appear....The program is definitely better in quality and execution than Kids Love Spanish and for a slightly older audience than the excellent "Osmosis" series. Though clearly aimed at the home market, the program is an excellent tool for beginning instruction in Spanish and will be useful in classrooms as well. --School Library Journal

Spanish for Beginners: Vamos a Jugar is a proud winner of an iParenting Media Award, which represents outstanding achievement in the children's product marketplace. The following are the comments of the iParenting Media Awards program reviewers:

Spanish for Beginners: Vamos a Jugar is very well done and would be a great addition to a family's collection. What a great way to teach your children Spanish by making it fun and exciting! This video keeps a child's attention the whole time while watching.

There were many positive characteristics of this DVD: 1. Friendly and articulate narrator. 2. Friendly and engaging children. 3. Wonderful, bright and colorful images. Overall, the [program] takes a fun and simple approach to teaching Spanish to children. While it doesn t use any English translation, the pictures and illustrations are clear and simple to understand. The [program] is quick moving and therefore works to keep younger attention spans engaged, which is difficult when they don t understand the language.

There are many positive characteristics of this Spanish DVD. My 5-year old twins enjoyed watching this show and watched it many times throughout the review period. The main points that they enjoyed were the songs and characters. The songs were up beat and involved lots of action, therefore appealing to their attention span. Although they didn t know what was being said as the whole DVD was in Spanish, they continued to enjoy the show. The characters and colors were vibrant and active. My kids loved the puppets and the children the most. It was great to hear them laugh at some of the characters.

The translation guide was helpful and I think after a few more times of watching the DVD, I ll be able to use the guide more. The guide is set up to be user friendly and the user is able to quickly find the Spanish translation. The DVD was long enough for the kids to enjoy and learn Spanish, yet short enough that they didn t get bored. There is an excellent balance of content and time. I liked that the DVD language was in Spanish and the idea of learning the language through immersion is an excellent idea. The simplicity of the characters and songs are amazing. I hope this DVD becomes a favorite in the household and that even I learn. --iParenting Media Awards

Charming animations, children's involvement, interactivity coupled with playful association of words and the visual screen including music and puppet shows that make it very appealing. This title works well in a Spanish immersion format. Key character Maria, although not well known, is very engaging and has great charisma. She and the children are excellent role models, portraying good humor and fun. Helps build a child's Spanish vocabulary through skits, dance, Spanish songs and play. Children learn the Spanish words for parts of the body, clothing and numbers. This program continues to reinforce Spanish words learned in its partner DVD, Los Animales. --Kids First!

Special Features


Product Details

  • Actors: Sara Jerez, Alex Ballestero, Rockzana Flores, Sabrina Flores, Nicolas Romero et. al
  • Directors: Oglesby, Stock
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Whistlefritz LLC
  • DVD Release Date: July 9, 2007
  • Run Time: 23 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,124 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful By S. Janis on September 10, 2007
Format: DVD
I've been purchasing Spanish educational DVD's for my 3 year old since she was born. Most of them are extremely boring and repetitive. My daughter would watch but with little to no interaction. I recently brought home Whistlefritz: Vamos a Jugar and was astounded when she started answering questions and singing songs after the first viewing. This is a full immersion DVD and my daughter is not bilingual. Whistlefritz arranged the program in such a way that my daughter truly understands what they are saying. She has now been viewing this DVD on and off for about 3 weeks and is actually using the words throughout her day! I would highly recommend this DVD over titles such as Boca Beth, Brainy Baby or Plaza Sesamo. The Spanish to English translations used by Boca Beth only confused my daughter. Brainy Baby won't hold your child's interest much past 12 months and Plaza Sesamo uses far too many slang words and is not a good language learning tool. My only complaint with Whistlefritz is that the play time is too short. It is only about 23 minutes long and I felt that once my child was really getting in-to the program it ended. I think 30 to 40 minutes would be a better running time. Regardless, those 23 minutes are packed with more quality learning than many other programs that run much longer.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By S. McCarthy on July 29, 2007
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"Vamos a Jugar" is an extremely welcome addition to the set of (suprisingly limited) tools available for parents who wish to teach their kids Spanish. While efforts by shows like "Dora" and "Dragon Tales" to include Spanish language content are positive, the occasional word or phrase does little beyond letting kids know that other languages exist. The immersion philosophy behind the Whistlefritz videos is a quantum leap forward. The genius is in the simplicity of the concept -- take characters, skits, games and songs largely familiar to kids and present them purely in Spanish rather than English, guessing (correctly) that kids will be able to follow the storylines and pick up the vocabulary quickly. Perhaps just as importantly, the entertainment, novelty and challenge levels are more than high enough to keep our 3 and 5 years olds fully engaged. "Los Animales" (the first video) has been part of the permanent rotation in our DVD player for months with no signs of displacement anytime soon; very happy to see a second video added to the mix and looking forward to more. Highly recommend this great new product.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Lily Fuentes on July 15, 2007
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Vamos a Jugar (Let's Play):Beginning Spanish for Kids is the second DVD in this series and I believe it is even better than the first one, Los Animales (Animals): Spanish for Beginners as there is more interaction with the kids. You really can't tell from the cover however it is all done with real people and not animation (and the kids are all cute and very entertaining). This DVD covers the parts of the body (head, face, hands, knees....) and they even do the song "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" (in Spanish of course). It is a wonderful alternative to Dora, Diego or Dragon Tails. It comes with a guide to help with translations.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dienne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 27, 2011
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I purchased this video at the same time as "Adentro y Afuero". The two are similar in look, feel and sound. Both feature the effervescent "Maria" speaking solely in Spanish, along with catchy music and bright, attractive visuals. In my opinion, however, "Adentro" is a much better video and is a better choice to start with.

This video focuses primarily on body parts such as facial features and limbs. One of the songs is a Spanish version of "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes". There is also the obligatory counting in Spanish, which seems to be a required element of every language instruction program. The video is enjoyable enough and, like "Adentro", it's easy enough to follow even for beginners because of the use of simple language, repetition and visual clues. But it's not as engaging as "Adentro" - the songs aren't as catchy and the video isn't as interesting for young children. My daughter practically has "Adentro" memorized, but I have a hard time getting her to watch this one.

It's also significantly shorter than "Adentro", which itself is plenty short (and my one complaint about the Whistlefritz series). This video is only about 25 minutes long, as compared with slightly over 30 for "Adentro".

This video is certainly a good addition to the Whistlefritz series, as it teaches a whole new set of vocabulary and expressions related to a new subject area. If you're going to get the entire series, there's no reason to skip this one. But if you're only going to get one video from the series, this is not a good one to start with.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mariposita Queen on January 13, 2009
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My first language is Spanish and my husband only speaks English. It is VERY important to me that my baby learns Spanish. I bought Vamos a Jugar, Los Animales and the Vamos a Bailar CD for my 20 month old baby. I also have 2 Cantarima DVDs, Brainy Baby Spanish and 123 Cuentame un Cuento. The Whistlefritz DVDs and music CD are BY FAR THE BEST ONES. They are wonderful to watch, even for us parents. They are extremely well produced. Every moment is filled with words and lessons. No time is wasted on useless images. And there are no mistakes, at least that I have noticed. All the participants appear to be native speakers. These are full immersion productions, which in my opinion is the only way a child or adult will learn the language. My baby loves to watch the DVDs and requests them every day. She is starting to say some of the words and imitates Maria's dances. She also loves to play the music CD. All the songs are wonderful and I have not gotten tired of them at all. I highly recommend that you purchase this collection for your children and other friends that might be looking for DVDs/CDs in Spanish for their children. I wish I would have bought these a long time ago! ¡Los disfrutaran mucho!
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