While putting things together for Language Challenge 180, I was on the look out for language learning products for children in a variety of languages. I was delighted to come across a new company producing language learning products specifically for children in 30 different languages: Dino Lingo! For families looking for children’s language learning products to use at home (homeschoolers, children who haven’t yet started school, after school practice, etc.) this is a fantastic option! You might even want to give this program a try with your children during Language Challenge 180.
Dino Lingo Korean
Many of you have contacted me over the years asking about children’s language learning programs for Korean. Unfortunately, there are not that many out there (at least that I know about). Dino Lingo, however, offers Korean as one of its many language programs. Here is a rundown of the Dino Lingo Korean language program:
- First 200 Korean words: The program focuses on a set of 200 words (used in isolation and in context) that your child will be able to master by the end of the program. Since the words are repeated often, children are given the opportunity to work on hearing the intonations and imitating the sounds of the language as much as possible.
- Full Korean immersion: The program is presented in the target language from start to finish, using context to help children associate the words and sentences with their meanings. This is not one of those programs that go back and forth between English and Korean. This is important for children learning a language since the associations between the words and their meanings will be made directly (rather than through translation).
- Fun animation: Dino Lingo’s main characters are animated dinosaurs (if you haven’t guessed that by the name). The characters are adorable and the animations are fun, yet they are able to include a lot of repetition so that children have the chance to hear the target words and sentences repeatedly. I like that the context is varied between these fun animations and real-life scenes. It helps to keep children interested and involved in the lesson.
- Hangul subtitles: To aid in word pronunciation, recognition and retention, Hangul (not romanized) subtitles are included in all of the Dino Lingo DVDs. This means that exposure to the Korean alphabet take place as your child learns the Korean language.
- Specifically for children: What really impresses me with the Dino Lingo Korean product is that it is made specifically for young children. It is not an attempt to adapt a language learning program originally created for adults (which rarely works!). Children’s language learning depends on variation, enjoyment, repetition and engagement – all of which Dino Lingo provides.
What Is Included?
- The package includes 5 DVDs (region free) which cover the following categories:
DVD 1 – Let’s Count : Numbers and colors / 35 min.
DVD 2 – Let’s Eat : Food, fruit and vegetables / 35 min.
DVD 3 – Let’s Play : Toys, house items, vehicles / 35 min.
DVD 4 – Let’s Jump : Verbs, actions and nature / 35 min.
DVD 5 – Let’s Learn : Family, body parts, and clothes / 35 min.
Daily conversations and animals are included in all five DVDs.
- 100 Korean language flash cards for kids
- Animals in Korean picture dictionary
- Animals in Korean color poster
- 2012 children’s dinosaur calendar
- Parents’ guide for teaching children a foreign language
- Worldwide shipping at a reasonable rate
This is a great online language program for families who want to help their children learn Korean. It has a variety of elements to it and follows a regular sequence. The fact that it is full immersion Korean (with Hangul, not romanized, subtitles) is fantastic! I also appreciate that it doesn’t overwhelm with full sentences but does introduce these throughout the program so that children can get used to using the vocabulary in context.
I would encourage parents to be involved as much as possible while their children learn Korean with this product. They can do this by helping their children use their newly learned vocabulary in as many contexts as possible (grocery store, going for a walk, driving in the car, etc.). The picture dictionary and poster will come in handy for this as well – use it before and after each lesson!
To learn more about the Korean Dino Lingo products (and to try out a demo), please head to the Dino Lingo Korean language page.
For information about DinoLingo’s other languages, head to the main DinoLingo website page.
We are proud to have Dino Lingo as a Multilingual Living sponsor. Thank you, Dino Lingo for all of your support!