Journeys to the East: The River Dragon King
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Journeys to the East is a Chinese language learning adventure for kids 3 and up!
Learn Chinese by going on an exciting adventure through ancient China. Journeys to the East weaves Chinese vocabulary, phrases and sentences seamlessly into the adventure so children learn Chinese as they follow Jason and Jenny in their quest to help the River Dragon King.
Your children will glimpse the rich history and culture of China through the characters and settings in the adventure. In this DVD, we introduce the mystical River Dragon King and cultural icons like Terracotta Warriors.
- 50+ vocabulary words: greetings, numbers, fruits, body and face parts
- Six fun sing-along songs
- Optional subtitles with simplified Chinese characters and Pinyin
Great for kids who are just learning Chinese.
This is a great educational tool to encourage young children to use the language of Chinese. --The Dove Foundation
2011 DVD of the Year Award --Creative Child Magazine
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For future DVDs in the series, I'd ask that they modify or exclude song sequences like the one that the River Dragon God sings. It's just awful to hear IMHO. <grin> There is also at least one very notable difference in pronunciation ("er") between this program and all the others I've seen. I'm a native-Cantonese speaker though (not Mandarin) so I can only assume that perhaps these voices hail from different parts of China/Taiwan?
Anyways, it has a nice story formula that has worked well in video games and classic Chinese stories. I couldn't help playing along out loud.
I was wrong. This video is mostly english with some effort at learning mandarin words. But for our kids at least videos that are more entertaining and completely Mandarin are much better. At this age all videos are entertaining - so you don't need to have the english for them to watch it, and if the kids are already being exposed to mandarin from a caregiver or teacher - they've heard the words before and you're just helping to reinforce it with a video that is enjoyable and entertaining. Much better to go with the Mandarin Editions of popular movies like Toy Story, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, or videos from Sesame Street etc. - as you can find here on Amazon in the Babylon Media store, or on other web sites.
I've also read research that suggests that if you mix english with the foreign language you're trying to teach - you actually make it harder for kids to understand that there are two distinct languages (think about it - if they hear English and Mandarin how are they supposed to know that there are two distinct languages being learned - and not just one with new words.
My advice - skip it. Go for the full Mandarin experience and skip these half steps.
This DVD's purpose is education first and entertainment second. The producers don't have the production $$$ that Nick Jr. has with Kai Lan, but your children will learn much more from this DVD than any Kai Lan DVD released to date.
I am very satisfied with this purchase.
-The repetition is great. By the end of your first watching you'll know how to say something.
-The accents seem very good
-The brother and sister are great voice actors and sound happy
-The voice of the Dragon King is awful, it's so low and he can't sing and is to motorized sounding rather than rhythmical. His voice alone makes me want to just turn the DVD off.
-They need to offer more DVDs, with more vocabulary, this appears to be the only one in the series.
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HOWEVER, there are tons of vocab words and they teach them quite effectively. My 3.Read more