Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Follow Jade Learn Chinese Let's Go To Market in China|
Actor: Jade Qian & children
Director: Jade Qian
Genres: Kids & Family
Award-winning Follow Jade! Learn Chinese: Let?s Go To Market in China teaches basic Mandarin Chinese. Children will visit a market and farm in China, and learn about fruits, animals, body parts, action verbs, and more. Chi... more »
J. Smith | 05/01/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"My [...] loves this video and has learned many new words. The format is constantly teaching new words - not just a few words sprinkled through. Jade is a teacher (I'd say in her 20s) and she starts at a Chinese market and points/holds to types of foods and names them and then moves on to body parts and farm animals. The word is also written in Chinese on the screen. She then reviews them in a quiz format with children and then in a game format with pictures or toys. I don't speak Chinese, so I don't know if there are any errors in the tape or not. The last section has children singing songs with Chinese in at least part of them. Some of the songs just have a few Chinese words in them and others are all Chinese. The video is interactive and educational. I'm anxiously looking forward to the Jade Kindergarten video now that we've seen this one.
There are a couple negatives: it is sometimes hard to hear some of the kids speak as it is softer and not as clear; the barnyard scene goes fast, but she does do a good job reviewing them later; and a couple of the visual aids are a little hard to tell what they are. Still, I recommend this video - these are really minor flaws when you view the whole video. It is short (about 30 minutes), but all my [...] should watch at one sitting anyway."
Great early vocab builder!
thalasone | vermont | 01/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"We love this DVD! Jade laoshi is a big hit at our house and "Let's Go To Market" is my child's favorite. It covers lots of the important toddler words, like parts of the face/body, animal names, fruit names, and a couple of songs. "Visit a Kindergarten" is also good and covers counting, colors, weather, and songs. Neither of these DVDs are Disney quality production, but the material and the teacher are both very good for the younger kids. Way more age appropriate than something like Muzzy. I would recommend this for many different types of Chinese learners including Bi-national families trying to learn each others languages. Jade's teaching style is good for teaching some English to Chinese speaking children."
mommyofchristopher | United States | 06/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"We have both of the Follow Jade DVD's. They are fantastic. She repeats the words alot and in different settings. Too bad that they are only the words, and she doesn't teach you how to ask for it in a sentence. Hopefully, she will expand and create more dvd's.
I also recommend the Mei Mei dvd's, too. They're great, too. The songs are very catchy.
Plus, we also bought this gorgerous "ASIAN AMERICAN BERENGUER GIRL DOLL" from EBAY, and my daughter absolutely loves to play with the beautiful doll and watch her Chinese dvd's.
Sometimes less is more.
Olivia | 03/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My 4-year old and I both like this DVD. It covers fruit names, animals and parts of the body. Some will say this is not much for the money. Some may also say the quality is not as good as Disney. But the video creates a warm and comfortable environment for the younger learners. Clean, light and fun. Jade is an excellent teacher speaking great mandarin Chinese (and English). The "theme song" - (in Chinese)"1,2,3,4,5,6,7, where are my friends..."- is a big draw for kids first learning Chinese. Some other rhymes are also very memorable. Great pacing and many reinforcements.
I saw some comments regarding Chinese learning videos' variable sound volume when real people speaking Chinese. And I smile, because that is exactly what Chinese is. The Chinese phonetics varies a lot more than English. It is a lot less "sing-songy". If you learn Chinese the "pronouced" way - to pronouce every character by the right tone and length, you would be "reading in monotone" , not "talking". I agree you probably should start learning this way, but it is through subtle variations of tone, length and volume that you deliver this most complex language of its true meaning.