Saturday, September 22, 2012
DVD Review - Little Pim Fun With Languages: Italian
Little Pim is the brainchild of Julia Pimsleur Levine, an award-winning documentary filmmaker who, as the mother of two, wanted to create a top quality, fun language-teaching DVDs for babies and young children.
Julia was inspired by her own bilingual childhood: she is the daughter of Dr. Paul Pimsleur, who pioneered the international best-selling foreign language audio teaching method.
Little Pim was designed around the latest scientific research regarding language acquisition and brain development. The method combines the work of leading neuroscientist Dr. April Benasich, and Julia’s own experience as a language teacher, filmmaker and mother.
The Little Pim series uses the Entertainment Immersion Method®, which engages a child’s natural love of play and learning through repetition.
Children get very attached to the lovable cartoon panda bear, Little Pim, who is the series “teacher.” He invites young viewers to join him in his playful antics as they learn the language along with real children enjoying everyday activities, such as playing, eating, waking and napping.
The entire video series is spoken by native speakers, and words are presented and repeated at regular intervals. Each Little Pim DVD focuses on sixty words and phrases typically acquired in a toddler’s primary language, providing the essential building blocks for language acquisition.
Little Pim is designed and paced for developing minds.
Young children respond enthusiastically to Little Pim’s format, a combination of animation and live action. Babies respond to black and white, and therefore the panda captures the attention of even the youngest viewers. Each video deals with a theme relevant to young kids, and is segmented into 5-minute episodes to accommodate a young child’s attention span and encourage pausing for parent interaction. Simple sentences are broken down into easy-to-understand parts, and reinforced through repetition.
We encourage you to watch Little Pim with your little one and repeat the words together – it’s fun for kids and adults!
The more you interact with the language, the easier the lessons become and the more your child will learn. You do not need to know the language your child is learning to watch with them; we have provided optional English subtitles (select SUBTITLES in the start up menu) so you can easily follow along.
My Take on the DVD
I watched it with my granddaughters and family.
It was visually presented nicely with videos of children and parents in situations. The Italian words were listed on the screen representing the actions of the actors. However , to me and my family watching it, there were no English words to tell us what the Italian spoken words were saying. We were trying to interpret the situations and the words but I am not sure we were accurate with our interpretation into our English language.
It would have been very helpful to us to have the English written somewhere on the screen. Another helpful part would have been an insert with the Italian we were seeing on the screen and the English written next to it.
I believe this could be a way to help children to learn a language but I feel the adults need more direction.
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