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Little Pim: A Review

Written By: Scot Butwell - Jun• 02•13

lil pimI took two years of Spanish in high school and a semester in college.  The college course I almost dropped after falling far behind, but L (then my fiance) encouraged me to stick it out, and I proposed to her in Spanish.

I had some help from a hair stylist on what to say, and L did not respond right away to my proposal. But then she said “yes” after thirty seconds.

I never considered learning a foreign language as fun, and I was no better off after three years than when I begun. L took four years of Spanish and never learned how to speak it.

The world has changed now with the the internet, and D likes watching YouTube videos on learning different languages and he sometimes listens to one of his favorite movies in Spanish.

I’m not sure if D watching a movie in Spanish is sign, but yelling “como esta” to the workers at the Taco Bell drive-through must indicate some interest to learn to speak a second language.

L has introduced D to Spanish videos on the internet for a few years, and a waiter at Denny’s was responsible for teaching D “como esta” and how to say the names for his favorite foods.

And now D has a Spanish teacher–an animated panda named Little Pim–and he can cuddle with the plush at night in bed. It’s a two-for-one deal: a Spanish teacher and soft teddy bear.

D made a connection right away with his new Spanish teacher through the award-winning video series, Little Pim: Fun with Languages: Spanish for babies, toddlers and Preschoolers. 

The Good News is D had passed my ability to speak Spanish after a few of weeks.  I quizzed him a few days after we watched disc one (it’s a 3-DVD series) on eating and drinking.

He was on a swing at the park, and I asked him the name for fork, spoon, plate, napkin, and several foods from the video, and her shouted them all out with perfect pronunciation.

I had a hunch he would have a knack for language because of his GPS-like memory, and I was right. He even ordered his food in Spanish at his favorite restaurant the othe day.

“Yo como macaroni y cheese con yogur,” he said.

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Starting children when they’re young is the best time to learn a language, and your children will love Little Pim, the animated panda who is the DVD series’ teacher, as he and real kids laugh, play, eat yummy foods and learn together.

The video series is designed for ages 0 – 6, but is fun for the whole family and provides the building blocks for learning Spanish.  It’s helped me brush up on my Spanish, and it’s doubled as a fun way to spend time with my son.

Little Pim is cute and funny, and as a teacher myself for 14 years, he succeeds at the primary characteristic of effective teachers: keeping students engaged. The DVD series also has footage of kids doing everyday activities that’s entertaining.

The running time is 35 minutes.  The other discs in the series are wake up smiling (disc 2) and playtime (disc three).  The DVD series is the winner of Mom’s Best, Creative Child, iParenting Media Award, Mr. Dad and Adding Wisdom.

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