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Let's Learn Spanish with Frank & Paco, Volume 1
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It's awesome! Thank you so much! Toby wants to watch nothing else. Toby and Zach both really love it! --Abby (mother of 3)
The kids loved the DVD. They were saying the Spanish words and everything! --Peyton (mother of 3)
I loved the colors and energy! My daughter wants to watch it over and over. --Gloria (mother of 2)
About the Actor
Vocabulary is introduced by two puppets, Frank the horse and Paco the rooster. Frank the horse is best friends with Paco the rooster. He loves to eat, especially carrots and apples. He is enjoying learning Spanish from Paco. Paco the rooster is best friends with Frank the horse. He is very smart and loves to talk and eat popcorn. He is enjoying learning English from Frank.
Hannah, Megan and Christina are the hosts who help with word review. Hannah is a college student studying pre-school education. She loves the outdoors and country and western dancing. Megan is a college student studying deaf education. She loves animals and volunteers at an animal shelter. She also loves music and has a wide selection of favorites from country to pop. Christina was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She grew up speaking English and Spanish thanks to her mother, Juanita, who's a native of Mexico. Her love for languages and cultures has prompted Christina to learn a third language- French. She also teaches conversational Spanish to children and adults.See all Editorial Reviews
Top customer reviews
First, the Let's Learn Spanish with Frank and Paco says it is intended for children ages 2-10. It will definitely NOT hold the attention of kids above the age of 2. The main characters are hand puppets in the shape of horse and chicken (Frank and Paco). All the visual elements look amateur and children nowadays will not be impressed.
If by some strange chance it does hold your child's attention, whether anything will be learned is doubtful. Most educators recommend immersion or near-immersion as the most effective technique for teaching children a foreign language. The main language in this DVD is English (around 80%). The Spanish is taught as standalone words or phrases that are repeated after the English. They are not put in use so we don't learn how these words are used in actual conversation. Furthermore, the Spanish is not always clear because 1) sound quality is not good and 2) words are repeated by a group of children and/or young child who pronounces the word in an awkward fashion.
The format is extremely repetitive and tiresome. It goes like this: the annoying narrator (a horse hand puppet with a Texas twang) introduces the word in English, and then the chicken hand puppet says the word in Spanish. A woman pops up and asks in English "How do you say (word) in Spanish" and is answered by children's voices. This continues for the entire length of the video.
Finally, there's a song at the end of the DVD which reviews the words. It's probably one of the most obnoxious songs I've heard in a while (think old western tune with poor rhyming). In summary, this DVD is just awful. There are much better products in the market.
"My girls give it a thumbs up.
They viewed it first on the way back from Houston, and were disappointed that rather than being able to watch Toy Story 2 , they were going to be subjected to an "educational" video.
After the first couple of minutes tho, I heard both of them engaging in the participatory parts of the video. I mention both girls since as you know, Trinity being 6 and Isabella 3, their attention/attraction to videos tends to vary significantly. For purposes of this review then, I concluded that it does a good job of engaging a notable range in age focus.
Content and Format:
I found the content basic but solid (as it should be for an introduction to any language) and the format seems to engage the little viewers. I should mention that I have observed my 3 year old to be hesitant to engage in participatory parts of such leading videos like Dora the Explorer" but observed her readily participating during Frank and Paco. This too I found of relevance to the review as verbal participation is key to cementing language skills.
I also conclude that the length is appropriate as both my girls remained engaged for the duration of the video (I have observed them "tune out" on longer leading programs).
Quality of Spanish
I definitely see the effort put in the use "international" Spanish (Castellano) as opposed to regionalized. I believe this is the right approach as it this is the Spanish that is understood across the Spanish speaking world and in business and broadcasting."
I like the grammatical information that the DVD provides (easy to select from the menu).