Dino Lingo Vietnamese for Children: A Review

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While putting things together for Language Challenge 180, 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 Vietnamese

Over the years readers have asked me to recommend children’s language learning programs for Vietnamese. I haven’t been able to help much since no one in my family is learning the language. It was wonderful to find out that Dino Lingo offers Vietnamese as one of its many language programs.

Here is a rundown of the Dino Lingo Vietnamese language program:

  • First 200 Vietnamese words & phrases: The program focuses on a set of 200 words (used in isolation and in context) and phrases that your child will be able to master by the end of the program. Since the words and phrases 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 Vietnamese immersion: The program is presented in the target language from start to finish, using context to help children associate the words and phrases with their meanings. This is not one of those programs that go back and forth between English and Vietnamese (or providing English translations along the way). 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.
  • Vietnamese subtitles: To aid in word pronunciation, recognition and retention, Vietnamese subtitles are included in all of the Dino Lingo DVDs. This means that exposure to the Vietnamese alphabet(s) take place as your child learns the Vietnamese language.
  • Specifically for children: What really impresses me with the Dino Lingo Vietnamese 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 Vietnamese language flash cards for kids
  • Animals in Vietnamese picture dictionary
  • Animals in Vietnamese 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 Vietnamese. It has a variety of elements to it and follows a regular sequence. The fact that it is full immersion Vietnamese 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 Vietnamese 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!

Learn More

To learn more about the Vietnamese Dino Lingo products (and to try out a demo), please head to the Dino Lingo Vietnamese 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!

Corey Heller is the founder of Multilingual Living and the Editor-In-Chief/Publisher of Multilingual Living Magazine. Multilingual Living is the place where she shares her knowledge about raising multilingual and multicultural children. Corey, an American, and her German husband live in Seattle where they raise and homeschool their three children, ages 14, 12 and 10, in German and English.

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