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JumpStart Languages

Platform : Windows XP
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Discovering languages early is child's play!Product InformationBonjour! Konnichiwa! Hola! Join Frankie the Dog at the JumpStart World Festival and discover four language pavilions filled with the sounds of French Japanese Spanish and English. Designed especially for young children JumpStart Languages offers a simple age-appropriate introduction to languages.Skills LearnedFrench Japanese Spanish and EnglishVocabulary for everyday objectsCultural stories customs and charactersConversational phrasesColors numbers and timeMusic and lyricsActivities IncludeMeet a Buddy - Listen & Learn Language Buddies speak in their native languages and introduce different sounds with games and songs.Video Voyages - Learn about famous landmarks customs sports and more by watching videos of real kids from around the world.Fairy Tale Favorites - Hear your favorite stories in different languages.Create a Festival - Put on your own world festival with printable games songs and stories for offline fun.What's Cooking? - Discover foods from around the world as you search for sushi eclairs and quesadillas.Costume Party - Sombreros kimonos and berets - find out what's in style in other parts of the world.Windows System RequirementsWindows 2000 XP Vista Windows 7 (32-bit)Pentium II 266 MHz or faster processor 128 MB RAM30 MB free Hard Disk Space640x480 display 16-bit high color displayWindows-compatible Sound Card and speakers12X CD-ROM drivePrinter recommended

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Designed to lay the foundation for language development, JumpStart Languages introduces kids ages 3 to 6 to the sounds, words, and phrases of four different cultures and languages: Spanish, French, Japanese, and English. Listen & Learn Language Buddies introduce kids to music and lyrics, art, colors and numbers, vocabulary for everyday objects, conversational phrases, and cultural stories and characters. Users can also view video footage of landmarks and kids from different cultures around the world.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • ASIN: B00005KB3C
  • Item model number: 71242
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 10, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,896 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 2002
My bilingual 5-year old loves this program! As with all the Jump Start programs, it is well designed with friendly characters and fun games, and is based on solid educational theory. It is a quality program. My son is really motivated to earn "globe pieces" so that he can watch video clips about one of the countries. He has learned the numbers from one to ten in all the languages, as well as alot of vocabulary (clothes and food). He also enjoys the songs in the puppet shows, and has memorized most of them.
This program doesn't teach grammar, only vocabulary and culture. Your child doesn't need to be able to read, as all the games use pictures and instructions are given orally. Some of the games require written number recognition (1-10). And your child should already know how to use a mouse and understand the basics of computer games, such as the "back button".
Overall, I highly recommend this game!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon_Junkie on February 12, 2005
I've been using the Jumpstart games for my kids since they were in Pre-K and they love playing with them. I bought the Languages set for my 5 yr old thinking it would be a great intro to foreign languages. She enjoyed the games at first, but quickly grew bored. There are fewer games than in the other Jumpstart sets and they're not as challenging. My biggest complaint is that the sound quality and pronounciation for the foreign words are so hard to decipher I doubt my kids will be able to figure them out. I would suggest giving this set a miss.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Miss Kate Beckett Parker on August 12, 2004
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Packaging: awesome

Screen layout: decent

Graphics: better than average

Sound: bordering on awful

Learning curve: steep

Extras: too much work to earn a little

Navigation: okay, but could be made simpler

This was an excellent idea for a program to help 3yr old kids and older learn new languages. Unfortunately, it seems to have been designed by someone/people who may be great at developing software but not so astute at developing learning tools for languages. The accents used in the four languages represented here are much too ethnic and native-sounding to be understood by anyone save someone who has already learnt the language. If that weren't bad enough, there is no supporting text/caption to help the parent who may be guiding the child. Scenario: We sat there, two adults with one kid, listening over and over to some of the French words and could not figure them out to save our lives. I thought it would be better in the Spanish pavilion given that I am more familiar with that language but it was not. So I cannot imagine any toddler who has never been exposed to a foreign language would be able to get a "jumpstart" on any of them with this software.

This software would be 3 stars better if only the makers had bothered to present not only the ethnic and native-sounding accents (which cannot help beginners) but an option to view and also to hear the same words enunciated carefully and accurately (in slow motion preferably) so that new learner will know the vowel/syllable components of the words and be able to attempt to repeat them and thereby learn them.
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My grandparents bought me this game for my 7th birthday, having owned Jump Start Spanish for years and being fluent in that language already, this helped me freshen up my Spanish vocab. a bit and also taught me Japanese and French! Within weeks, I was speaking these 3 aforementioned languages everywhere, on the bus, at school, even during weekends. My teachers and my parents were so impressed with me! To help kids learn a foreign language, buy this game and Jump Start Spanish! They'll be speaking like pros in no time flat! As stated before, this will teach kids foreign languages better than Muzzy can!!! Move over, Muzzy, you've got competition!!
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We started with the French language; and it is a poorly designed software. Some of the offered games we were not able to finish due to the program's malfunctions: we click on the item and the program does not respond. The set of options on a bottom of the screen is not always responding also. The voice speaking in French sounds TOO soft and it runs too fast. I had a hard time catching the words. The audio is not a high quality, which is essential for a foreign language. It is a shame that a good idea has such a poor design.
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I love this game!

You get to choose from Spanish, English, French or Japanese.

One of the things I like about that it has a game like simon from 1978.

It teaches kids to find stuff and move the clock.

I'd highly recommend this product for ages 2 and up. I would give this game 5 stars.
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