Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actor: Boca Beth and cast of children
Director: Ken Veenstra
Genres: Kids & Family, Special Interests, Educational
Children are introduced to more than 200 words and 80 phrases in both Spanish and English. BOCA the hand puppet and language amigo introduces words and phrases with real life images of animals from around the world and fro... more »
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Learn Spanish | 09/19/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I can't recommend this product. The grammar is poor. It sounds extremely "gringo"... in other words, it's obviously a non-native speaker speaking Spanish, but making little or no attempt to pronounce the words correctly. I teach Spanish to university students, and to be very blunt, this pronounciation sounds a lot like 101/102 students.
Further, after reading the other reviews, I'm confused at how so many people *rave* about this program. I ask - how many other Spanish language programs have you reviewed? Are we talking about the same product? I have a huge inventory of Spanish resources, and unfortunately Boca Beth falls at the very bottom in comparison. What's odd to me is that there is no middle ground here... the reviewers either LOVE or WILL NOT RECOMMEND this product. And, nearly all the reviews who "LOVE" this program do not use real names and have not reviewed any other products...?? Odd. (OK, well, I'm just getting started reviewing myself, but I'm not trying to endorse an obviously sub-par product with stellar reviews...).
Anyway, as I wrote in the Boca Beth CD review, the reason I gave this 1 star is because I do respect Beth for her enthusiasm and contributions to bilingual education. I contacted her with concerns about grammar, etc and she replied immediately and even sent me a revised DVD and CD. The customer service is AMAZING. Beth is obviously doing a great job marketing and developing this program - however, I would recommend employing native speakers for translations and for the acting on the DVDs. Further, step it up on the production quality.
Sorry, Beth. The concept here is good - but the end result is lacking. I can't recommend this."
Boca Beth Needs Spanish Lessons Herself.
Caroline | 07/17/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"First and for most I'm rating the overall video and content not just one part. The video it self is very low quality. Anyone can set up a camera and tape a bunch of kids singing bi-lingual songs. Just step into a bi-lingual class at any school and you can find them. So why it's Award-Winning is beyond me. As a Bi-lingual mother and homeschool teacher, that learned Spanish at age 12. I can honestly say that Beth's overall Spanish is not good at all. When a English speaking person has a bad Spanish speaking accent, guess what... your children will have a bad English-Spanish accent when learning Spanish. When she says a simple word for example; VEO ("see" in Spanish) she pronounces it BEO with a B not a V. This is simply not acceptable and our children should be hearing it how it is, not how she interprets Spanish. Thank You"