Little Pim Foreign Language DVD Review

by Melanie Edwards on August 14, 2009 · 7 comments

in preschoolers, reviews

As part of a recent collaboration I had with Little Pim, they sent me the first DVD of the Little Pim Spanish series for review. You may have seen me carrying a Little Pim bag at BlogHer and may have even received a demo from me.

Little Pim Spanish: Eating and DrinkingLittle Pim is a foreign language DVD series that uses a full immersion method to teach children a second language. Little Pim DVDs are meant for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers and use animation mixed with real kids to introduce words and phrases for everyday activities. They currently have the following languages: Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Hebrew and English.

The DVD we were sent was Eating and Drinking, which is also available digitally, along with all the Little Pim DVDs.

Things I Liked:

  • The pronunciation of Spanish terms was very good. No Dora-like pronunciation.
  • Each episode lasts 5 minutes, which means that young babies can watch one and you can then turn it off. You can then pick up later on a different episode and it still makes sense. Older kids, like my daughter, can watch the entire 35 minutes and it still flows well from one to the other.
  • The Little Pim character (the panda) is adorable and makes the experience fun. Instead of just looking at a bunch of kids doing different actions and hearing a narrator describe the actions with different terms and phrases, you get a cute panda who entertains you along the way. It adds a fun element to the DVD.

Little Pim Foreign Language

Things That Can be Improved:

  • Images displayed should always match the phrase.
    • Example: When “ella tiene sed” (she’s thirsty) was being said, there was a little girl drinking from a cup. Now, someone who doesn’t already know what the phrase means and can make the connection might think they were saying something like “she’s drinking”. However, we didn’t have the English subtitles on, which might solve that issue.
  • There should be a pronunciation guide for parents. The parent guide that came with the DVD suggests you repeat the phrase after it’s said, but if you don’t know how to pronounce it, you might be doing more harm than good in repeating it.
  • Towards the end of this particular DVD, they showed dogs and cats and taught the terms for the animals. Our initial reaction was, “What do pets have to do with eating and drinking?” It was at the end of the segment that they showed the pets eating food. So, I guess that was the connection, but it seemed a little odd.

Daughter’s Reactions/Thoughts:

  • “Awww he’s a cute panda!”
  • “Mommy, Little Pim is so silly.”
  • “Look what Little Pim did! Ha ha ha ha ha”

In addition to the remarks about Little Pim, the character, she also asked many, many questions about the different things the kids were doing and the different phrases. She also started repeating the terms and phrases and did a really good job of pronouncing them properly.

Overall, Little Pim is a cute and fun way to introduce your child to a second language. The panda is entertaining, the interactive nature of the episodes engage children, and the repetitiveness of the phrases is good for learning. I can tell my daughter enjoyed the DVD and she’s asked to see it a couple of times since we initially had her watch it.

Thanks again Little Pim for being a sponsor of my BlogHer trip!

Little Pim

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Asianmommy August 14, 2009 at 2:18 am

I got a demo from you at BlogHer ’09, and it was really cute. My kids laughed and enjoyed watching Little Pim, too.

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Melanie (Modern Mami) August 14, 2009 at 8:53 am

@Asianmommy, That’s great to hear! So glad they liked it.

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Philippa August 14, 2009 at 8:36 am

It is awesome to see that these videos actually do work … and so quickly. I would love to try the Japanese version with my baby when he is old enough. So if they send you that one also, don’t forget me, I would love to review it also.

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Melanie (Modern Mami) August 14, 2009 at 8:54 am

@Philippa, You can start showing it to him as a baby! I sent out a tweet to @little_pim letting them know you’re interested.

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Julia Pimsleur Levine August 14, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Hi Melanie,
I am so glad your daughter liked the DVD! And your feedback is really helpful since we are going into production on DVDs 4, 5 and 6, we can make some of the changes you suggested. Thanks for bringing so many cool moms into our universe through BlogHer and this review. Hasta pronto…
best
– Julia

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Melanie (Modern Mami) August 22, 2009 at 10:48 pm

@Julia Pimsleur Levine, Thanks Julia for allowing us into Little Pim’s world. So glad that you may be able to incorporate some of the feedback. :)

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