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 Greek
I simply adore the Greek language (modern and ancient)! I studied the ancient Greek language as part of my degree in Ancient History and then added modern Greek part way through. What a truly beautiful language it is. I never tire of listening to it spoken and try to keep up what little I know every now and then.
It is a pleasure to announce that Dino Lingo offers Greek as one of its many language programs for children! There is no better time to start language learning than when we are young!
Here is a rundown of the Dino Lingo Greek language program:
- First 200 Greek 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 Greek 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 Greek (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.
- Greek subtitles: To aid in word pronunciation, recognition and retention, Greek subtitles are included in all of the Dino Lingo DVDs. This means that exposure to the Greek alphabet takes place as your child learns the Greek language. In addition, a transliteration is provided for each word into the Latin alphabet to help with pronunciation.
- Specifically for children: What really impresses me with the Dino Lingo Greek 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 Greek language flash cards for kids
- Animals in Greek picture dictionary
- Animals in Greek 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 Greek. It has a variety of elements to it and follows a regular sequence. The fact that it is full immersion Greek 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 Greek 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 Greek Dino Lingo products (and to try out a demo), please head to the Dino Lingo Greek 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!