Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Brainy Baby - French|
Actors: Audrie Neenan, Veena
Genres: Kids & Family, Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests
Contains over 50 words including colors, numbers, favorite objects, action words and familiar phrases Introduced by a native-language (French) Narrator Fun music and a nursery rhyme song in French Includes a Vocabulary ... more »
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Awful! And this is an exact copy of the Bilingual Baby video
D. Nugent | New York, NY United States | 01/01/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, the above is true. I made the poor mistake of buying both --mostly because the other one was so terrible and I thought this one would be better. It was terrible for all of the reasons the reviewer below describes and I'll add a few more: 1. I really hate the fact that the words are not introduced with their articles, as they are supposed to be in French. You never just say "ball" in French as we do in English, you would say either "un ballon" or "le ballon" ("the ball", "a ball"). Moreover, without the articles, you don't learn the gender of the nouns, something we don't have in English and one of the most difficult things for us to learn in foreign languages. I am STILL struggling with genders after 20 years of speaking french (because I am not a native speaker but have lived in France for many years). More aggregiously, instead of including one of the many charming French childrens songs, in their only musical selection, they include a translation of "Mary had a Little Lamb (it doesn't even rhyme). This is all quite disappointing bc the whole point of teaching your child a foreign language at this age is that they don't need to learn it in translation (or in an English language context) they can learn it within the French language and cultural context. PLEASE, don't waste your money. I can only imagine that the Spanish language version contains all of these same problems. ........"
Very strong American accent - not made by French natives!!
D. Nugent | 11/25/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I am a French native and bought this dvd for my daughter. I speak French to her all the time and thought that hearing French from the tv would just help reinforce her learning.
I was extremely disappointed by this dvd. The French American accent is so strong I can barely understand what it says!?! Also, there are LOTS AND LOTS of mistakes and spelling errors whenever some text shows up on the screen. Furthermore, I do not find the dvd appealing for young kids. My daughter is bored to death after 5 minutes and wants me to switch to the Baby Einstein dvds, so much better, but unfortunately not in French! I wish I could have previewed that dvd before buying it, because I certainly would have never purchased it! If you do speak French as a native or learned it in school, you will be disappointed."
I have to agree with the other negatives...
deuxbebes | Edgewater, MD USA | 02/27/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I too am very disappointed in wasting money on this video. You just can't use the simple noun without the article when speaking French. And there are mistakes in the video as well. If you are teaching your child how to speak a language, you want them to learn it correctly."
Try it - it's okay
Lucinda Gathercole | 02/24/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This item is definitely more useful than it is not. After only 3 viewings, my almost 3-year could count to 20 in French and his 20-month-old brother started labelling objects in French. I was amazed as French will be their third language.
My only reservation now is that I do hear the non-French accent coming out when they speak. My French is very good, but of course they think the DVD's perfect and don't think Mom knows what she's talking about! So, I'm looking for a slightly more advanced product geared towards young pre-schoolers..."