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JumpStart Spanish

by Vivendi Universal
Windows 98 / Me / 95, Mac
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • Interactive language activities
  • Multiple levels of difficulty

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows 98 / Me / 95, Mac
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • ASIN: B00001XDVZ
  • Item model number: 3590
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 24, 1999
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,876 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Product Description

Recent child development research indicates children are most receptive to learning languages at a young age. JumpStart Spanish gives kids the benefit of exposure to a second language while they are still learning their native tongue. Simple, age-appropriate activities introduce Spanish basics, including words, phrases, numbers, and songs.


In JumpStart Spanish, children, ages 3-6, join Mr. Hopsalot from JumpStart Kindergarten on a special visit to his clubhouse, high atop a large oak tree. When kids arrive in the tree house, they realize Mr. Hopsalot's affinity for the Spanish language and its cultures. As they explore the many items Mr. Hopsalot has in his hangout, children are exposed to Spanish and English translations of common words and phrases and learn about Spanish culture in a fun and educational way. The product also includes a toggle that allows Spanish-speaking families to use JumpStart Spanish to introduce their child to the English language.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
78 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant software for young kids. September 1, 2001
By Feathin
This was the first program I bought for my daughter (then nearly 4) to start teaching her some Spanish. I was impressed even from the beginning, but did not truly appreciate it until I tried to branch out into additional programs for her. I have bought a number of other kids' Spanish programs and been hideously disappointed by all of them. Nothing even comes close to Jumpstart's.
Jumpstart Spanish is bright and lively. The best thing about it is its continual rewards. Kids get immediate rewards for correct choices in the form of cute actions on screen. They are rewarded again with stars for completing sections, and are motivated to keep collecting stars because they can use them to put fish in an aquarium. If they don't get the right answer, the program is very gentle in telling them, and if they miss repeatedly it lights up the correct choice for them to pick. [...,] I see it as a great feature. It lets kids jump in and play without undue frustration or negativity, and lets them learn as they go. Yes, they can guess their way to a star, but I think being shown the answer lets them learn that answer better than it would to let them get more confused with endless wrong choices. This is after all software for young children!
The main drawback to this program is that it really only teaches nouns. Kids learn colors, days of the week, household items, articles of clothing, body parts, and things around the neighborhood. They may pick up some phrases from the directions and praises given, but they really don't learn and grammar or sentences (hence my search for more programs). Here's hoping Jumpstart is working on "Spanish 2"...
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My kids love it! March 20, 2000
By A Customer
I read one review from Oakland and she said the sound was muffled. Well it must be your hardware because my kids who are 3, 5, and 7ys old can understand and repeat everything. They just love it. They spend hours on the computer listening to Spanish. I really like the vocabulary as well as the fact that they ask questions in spanish so they can also learn how to ask a question as well as answer it. It is great. I've tried many spanish tapes and software and this is the only one that they were really interested in using.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good beginner game November 21, 2000
By A Customer
My daughter has this software and she loves it. It basically teaches the names of objects we see and use each day. It also teaches some basic phrases like, "My name is...., and What time is it...etc.". It doesn't get into any type of grammer or sentence structures. You can set it so the directions are given in English or other different languages. You can also switch the game and have it all play in English first, then switch it to SPanish. My daughter is 3-1/2 and she can do this herself, so that should say how easy it is for a preschooler to use. It uses songs and music to learn the days of the week, months of the year, numbers, etc. I would definitely recommend this for both English-speaking children who want to learn Spanish, and for Spanish-speaking children whose parents want a good learning game in their own language to help speech development and learning the basics in their own language.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it March 14, 2000
By A Customer
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The program is well made (for the most part). The numbers section gets a bit slow, but other then that, I like it. It's Latin American Spanish. This is great, if you're taking a Spanish class, and want to expand you vocabulary. The conversation section is poor. The Click and explore stuff is much better. Learn the items in the bathroom, the bedroom, the kitchen, den, clothes, buildings around town, days of the week, and body parts. They even have a little game machine where you can test yourself on ANY category, instead of clicking on the doll house, or the map, or something else. It says everything in English after saying it in Spanish, and it displays the spelling of the word. I got it for Mac. The sound seems fine. I use it on my ibook, while I'm doing laundry, or waiting around between classes.
Use this program in conjunction with "Spanish for The Real World", these two make up for each others flaws.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Daughter's Spanish is being Enhanced ! March 26, 2000
By A Customer
I have a 3 year old and she's been using Jumpstart Spanish since she was 2.5 years old. She just loves it, it keeps her entertained in a productive way. The colors, sound, graphics, songs,and characters are excellent. The only section of the program I am not satisfied with is the conversation section. My daughter does not seem to mind it though. She enjoys coloring and singing songs and playing games that teach her because it's so interactive. The BEST part of all this is that she is her Spanish is getting better and better! I like this program so much that it will be my nephew's birthday gift this year! Thank You "Jump Start"!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My kids love it! October 2, 2002
By A Customer
I have three kids, ages 2,3 and 8 that literally fight over who gets to play this game. My 2 year old boy would sit and play this game for hours if I would let him, it really captures his attention with the bright, colorful graphics, and catchy songs. My daughter who is 8, gets ready for school extra early just so she and her 3 year old sister will have time to play this game. Not only is it fun for them, they have really picked up alot of Spanish words from playing it. I only wish they would make a Spanish 2!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY
Published 12 days ago by camille leonard
1.0 out of 5 stars Old Program
This product is severely outdated. It needs to be taken off Amazon immediately - unless someone still uses Windows 98.
Published 4 months ago by Carl
3.0 out of 5 stars This was good.
This was good.
Published 6 months ago by CerBrany
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get this game to work on my computer AT ...
Couldn't get this game to work on my computer AT ALL. It is downloaded, but won't launch. No help desk/support either...
Published 7 months ago by Elyse
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple way to learn Spanish for children
I use this with little ones in my Spanish class. They all learn and love the lessons. This is beginning Spanish to many and this program enables them to pick up so much so... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Paulette M
1.0 out of 5 stars Old outdated program!!
This program is old and is not supported by the newer operating system on our PC making it useless. We are going to try to load it on an old laptop to see if it will work there.
Published 13 months ago by Megan Frazier
1.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to receiving it, but disappointed.
This is not user friendly and does not work on my Mac. I wasted my money buying it. Don't buy it.
Published 19 months ago by Ruth Geiger
1.0 out of 5 stars couldn't get it to work
Apparently (my IT guy shared this with me) this comes up a lot with JumpStart software. It says it works with Windows Me, but it doesn't.
Published on March 14, 2013 by Jon D. Satko
5.0 out of 5 stars It's funny and great
It has a little mouse that dances when you get it right and have other characters that interact when kids get the answer right! Read more
Published on February 17, 2013 by French Door Fridge
1.0 out of 5 stars Do NOT buy this unless your computer is a dinosaur.
I could not use this soft ware. I was bummed because we were looking forward to playing games in Spanish. I'm going to return it.
Published on January 29, 2013 by jd
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