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|Canciones de Cuna - Songs for Bedtime|
Director: Diane Berson
Genres: Indie & Art House, Kids & Family, Educational, Animation
Canciones de Cuna ? Songs for Bedtime introduces the language and rituals of bedtime through traditional children?s lullabies in Spanish and English. Featuring a family of friendly puppets, these cherished lullabies help... more »
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Aiki | UPPER MIDWEST USA | 10/12/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The format is very good for kids who thrive in two languages, as songs are played back to back in English and Spanish. I only have three pounds of beef with the product: First, singers' quality. The choir could hardly be more out of key. Another is that Spanish translations for typical English songs are terrible. They do not rhyme at all (see? rhyme = rima), and often a complete and often nonsensical sentence is hurriedly squeezed into a sigle song line. Lastly, the patronizing final line in the video (it is important that parents view this video with their children or sometihng to that effect) is read in Spanish only. Why is this? is there an assumption that Spanish speaking parents, not the English language-only ones plug their kids to the tube and go on with their merry lives? I don't see this kind of patronizing in English language videos, nor this line is read also in English too following it.
My kids really loved it (and so did I)!
J. Morgan | California | 02/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I really liked the idea of giving my kids some exposure to other languages. I was particularly pleased with this DVD that has some nice soothing music and the puppets are just so sweet. Given how much I'll be using this as a "wind down" to the evening, I think it's a very good value. I don't want my kids watching a ton of TV so the 30 minute length is just right."
Poor translation and not a native speaker
Calotychos Victoria | 04/19/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Although we loved the Cantarima Nursery Rhyme DVD, this one was very disappointing. The format is good - being brought up bilingual myself, I strongly believe the best way for kids to learn a language is through nursery rhymes and singing. My main irritation with it is the poor translation and the accent. If I am going to put a bilingual DVD or CD, I expect a native speaker. The accent was terrible. A complete put-off. Also as someone else has said, far too hurried for language learning and I compensate by repeating the dialog or song myself slowly and clearly. I admit that I do put it on because my kids enjoy it and I want maximum exposure, and the DVD is a huge improvement on most of the bilingual material out there - but still a disappointment."