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Bonjour Les Amis!, Vol. 1 (2004)

Marie-Pierre Moine , Malcolm Hossick  |  Not |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Marie-Pierre Moine
  • Directors: Malcolm Hossick
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Monterey Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 10, 2004
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00022XEG8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,644 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Moustache has exciting adventures with his human and animal friends. What, you don't speak French? Well, Moustache can certainly help you with this. In his first adventure we will meet and greet friends, sing songs, and visit a magic show. And all the while, you'll see how quickly you have begun to speak French with Moustache!

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127 of 134 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for introductory French November 20, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
We previewed this DVD yesterday to determine if we wanted to purchase the other 2 in the set.

I kept in mind what other reviewers said as well. The animation reminds me of PBS. It's obviously been released on VHS as instructions for pressing play, stop, etc. on a VCR are given. The animation is also not computer generated so some children may be put off about it. It reminds me of some of the PBS animated reading programs. At least you don't have to worry about out-dated fashions. It's just a cat in simple clothing.

I am also a certified foreign language teacher Pre-K-12 and I am aware of what is out there for young children. I think this is a good supplementary/support-type product, but I wouldn't rely on it alone to teach your child French.

Of the products I viewed, I believe this one is the best for the younger children. I'm not sure about the upper age range for the product, but I think you could use it with a child younger than 4. I don't think you'd want to go lower than 2, especially with the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendations about viewing for under age 2.

In the segment that we viewed, we were introduced in English to the cat, Moustache and his parents. Most of the dialogue was in English so I'm not sure how well this would work with a child who had a different primary language. Each phrase was said 3 times with the sentence presented on the screen with it.

I don't see any young child (2-6) sitting through the entire DVD without adult interaction. As a teacher, I said the phrases with my daughter and even added some gestures, so I will admit all her attention was not on the DVD. I think 5-10 minutes is the max you could expect. Not a babysitting DVD.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo! August 27, 2007
Format:DVD
I am a teacher turned homeschooler, and I use this DVD with my four children that are in preschool - third grade. I think it's great, but more importantly, my kids love it! Everything is taught by real French speakers, and every phrase is emphasized by both a male and female voice. The lessons are kept to a perfect size, so as to not overwhelm a child with new information. It is organized very well. The characters are fun and interesting, and they did a great job of giving them names that use some of the more difficult sounds in the French language (so you have plenty of opportunity to practice those sounds). I have readers and non-readers in my family and the DVD works for both. The non-readers know that when the words are highlighted in yellow, it's time for them to repeat what was said. No one gets lost. I would highly recommend this.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Video October 27, 2006
By MN Mama
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My 2 year old loves his video. The animations are unusual but they are full of flare, color and imagination. The songs they include are by far the best part and my daughter can't get enough of them. The main character Moustache, and the rest of the characters, are all well imagined and fun. As far as the learning experience my daughter loves to repeat the phrases and sing the songs and I see her using what she has learned all the time, and the semi-interactive format they use really gets her involved in the story line. I personally love this video and would recommend it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Purrrrfect! December 22, 2007
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I loved this DVD so much I went an ordered the other two, which incidentally I am equally happy with.

The presentation is so simple it is certainly useful for families with younger children of mixed ages including younger ones. After wasting my money on Muzzy (not a bad idea, my son loves it, but the audio quality of the French is horrendous!)I was wary of buying another language learning DVD. Most I have seen are more money makers than quality learning tools for children. I was happily surprised and relieved by the gentle progression and the clear audio of _Bonjour Les Amis!_ -- it works best with my son if I sit down with him and sing along with him as he sometimes feels too self conscious sitting there singing alone. It doesn't have the same story line to keep kids glued the way that Muzzy does, and yet he picked up much more than he had with 6 months of Muzzy.

_Bonjour Les Amis!_ does translate much of what they are teaching, but it is presented the way a friend might present their language if they came over to your kitchen and were interacting with your child. It is NOT presented in a sit down in your chair, get out your notebooks and pay attention for the test on Friday sort of manner. I think it is the naturalness of the series I have appreciated the most.

Now if they would only come out with German and Russian!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars salut serge April 23, 2009
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I haven't tried this one yet, but I was surprised at all the comments about there being "so little out there" for teaching French to children.

I just have to mention "French is Fun with Serge the Cheeky Monkey." (also known as "Salut Serge") It is fantastic! My 5-year-old and 2 year-old love it and sing the songs all the time. It is a UK import, currently not available at amazon.com but I got mine through amazon.co.uk
They also have "First Fun with French" which my kids enjoy, too.

I felt an obligation to put that "out there". There are wonderful French learning DVD's available, just make amazon.com have a good reason to import them for us!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastique
Wonderful video to learn the basics of French. The songs that are taught stick with you!
Published 1 day ago by Harlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Great language tool for child AND adults!
Not only would be a great language learning tool for children, but is also a great tool for adults! I'm in a French class and I watch this while I'm on my treadmill. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Meresa Salisbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My three year old loves this and is already learning beginning french!!!!
Published 10 days ago by Amanda
3.0 out of 5 stars My daughter liked it very much
It is cute and well pased. My daughter liked it very much!
Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fun and helpful
Published 1 month ago by Kathleen Horton
1.0 out of 5 stars Mustache you to not watch this!
Short and sweet - it's for kids. It bored my kids to death and two of them want to learn French. Any others you can upload Amazon ??
Published 1 month ago by Travis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it! Kids were repeating words right away :-)
Published 2 months ago by ginluvsguinness
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended!
It's a cute and easy-paced way to learn French. I'm an adult & I liked it, but I think it would be especially good for children.
Published 3 months ago by Lailoken Lee
1.0 out of 5 stars Ok for kidd
Ok for kids
Published 3 months ago by Chattamab
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
My 4 year old enjoys this.
Published 4 months ago by T. N. W.
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