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Children's Foreign Language Review:    Spanish: Learn in Your Car for Kids;
French: Learn in Your Car for Kids

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Foreign Language Book/Audio CD Set Review: Learn in Your Car for Kids: Spanish; Learn in Your Car for Kids: French


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By Penton Overseas

Our Recommended Age: 8-up

Our Rating: A+

 

 

 

Learn in Your Car for Kids Spanish: On the Way to the Fiesta Activity Kit (Learn in Your Car for Kids)

 

French: Learn in Your Car for Kids ; Activity Kit (Learn in Your Car for Kids)

 

 

 


Top Pick. This book and audio CD set aims to teach kids, ages 7 to 12, a foreign language while traveling, but can just as well be used at home.

 

Kids are greeted in Spanish, and are told that Robert and Maria are on their way to a fiesta, via car.  A dialogue between Robert and Maria reveals that Robert's Spanish vocabulary is limited. It is decided that Maria will teach him some Spanish during the car ride. 

 

The narrator then begins reciting Spanish words, pauses for the listener's response, and then an English translation follows. Words like "color", "minute", and "lemon" are featured. 

 

Kids are prompted to work in their activity book at various points in the CD. The included activity book is gorgeous, with full-color, glossy, laminated pages. Reusable stickers and an erasable marker are included. 

 

The dialogue between Robert and Maria continues. Maria quizzes Robert with Spanish words, asking for the English equivalent, and then reverses it: she offers English words and Robert must say the Spanish equivalent. The CD continues with more Spanish vocabulary drills: colors, numbers, food items, transportation, and more. Later, basic phrases and sentence building are featured. 

 

Native speakers are used—an important element in any foreign language learning tool! The CD toggles between children's dialogue and adults. The format is fun, and plenty of vocabulary words and phrases are reinforced. 

 

Bilingual songs, with lyrics, are included. One song is entitled, The Opposites Song, which delivers an upbeat vocabulary booster as opposite words are sung in both English and Spanish (for example, "loud/quiet", "up/down", and "cold/hot").

 

The CD runs for a hefty 70 minutes. The approach used in this audio/book kit is effective, interactive, and engages multiple senses as it teaches. Excellent, and highly recommended!

 

[This set is also available in French. The same format is used.]

 

Our Rating:


 

A+

For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Learn in Your Car for Kids Spanish: On the Way to the Fiesta Activity Kit (Learn in Your Car for Kids)

French: Learn in Your Car for Kids ; Activity Kit (Learn in Your Car for Kids)

 

Reviewed December 2004
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