BBC Muzzy Spanish Early Advantage Set Language Course for Children
Double case includes: Two (2) video cassettes in foreign language, two (2) video cassettes in english, two (2) audio cassettes in foreign language, a multilingual video script book, parent's instructional guide, mulitilingual interactive CD-Rom, plus bonus video cassette Vocabulary Builder with instructional guide.
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Now they are all adults, and our eldest is fluent in German, our middle is passable in German, and our youngest doesn't have a second language because she chose not to pursue it seriously (she kept changing her mind about which language to learn and gained a basic understanding of several languages without ever mastering one). However they all have a better grasp of the English language and grammer as a result of their early exposure to other languages. Now, our grandchildren are getting started on Spanish with Muzzy, and just like their parents before them, are beginning to speak to each other in little bits of Spanish. They are even inventing little games in which they are experiencing the same incidents in the Muzzy story - especially the part where Corvax creates hundreds of Sylvia clones. It is so funny to hear my 5 year old granddaughter exclaim that she sees herself everywhere! LOL! The story is cheesy, but it seems very real to my granddaughters, and they are deeply invested in this immaginary world!
Muzzy will not teach another languge all by itself, but it is a good place to start with preschoolers. And it never hurts to add other Spanish language childrens videos that you can get on PBS or the public library. As some of the negative reviews stated, the graphics are poor and the storyline is silly, but our kids seemed to get past that pretty easily. In the 1980's, it did not seem as outdated as it does today, but the video quality and cheesy storyline do not get in the way with kids who are allowed very little TV exposure - even in 2010. Anything of this sort is novel to them and they hang on every word.
I gave it only 4 stars because it is too expensive for what it is. However, you can easily find used sets on Amazon, Ebay, garage sales and thrift stores for much better prices than new... in the 80's we didn't have all those resources for purchasing used programs and were forced to pay top dollar for a spanking new set; it stung our very thin pocketbook, but we were still glad we did it. These days, this program can be had for almost nothing. We are borrowing the Spanish sets for our grandkids FOR FREE from the public library in our town. I highly recommend it for people who realize that truly learning another language requires a degree of dedication that makes a person willing to advance past these beginning steps. Our eldest became fluent because she actually lived in Germany as an exchange student for a year. It was a long road to genuine fluency, and she started with Muzzy.
NOBODY WILL COMPLETELY LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE FROM MUZZY, BUT THIS IS A GREAT AND FUN START FOR TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS WHO ARE AT A PRIME AGE FOR ABSORBING LANGUAGE SKILLS.
I'm bilingual and have done a better job by speaking to my son on our drives to and from preschool. Save your money and instead buy the "Atencion Atencion" DVDs and music, they at least focus on what kids are interested in it. My son got more out of watching an hour of Atencion Atencion (I overheard him counting from 1 - 5 in Spanish) than weeks of Muzzy. Wish I would have returned it. I was a sucker and bought the two packages.
My son did get a tiny bit out of it, but not enough to make it worth the cost.