Dino Lingo Russian for Children: A Review

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Dino Lingo Russian for Children: A Review

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 Russian

It can be difficult for families to find language programs for their children, especially for languages that aren’t often taught in schools. Russian is one of these language. Parents often ask me where they can find resources for the Russian language for their children.

It is a pleasure to announce that Dino Lingo offers Russian 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 Russian language program:

  • First 200 Russian 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 Russian 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 Russian (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.
  • Russian subtitles: To aid in word pronunciation, recognition and retention, Russian subtitles are included in all of the Dino Lingo DVDs. This means that exposure to the Russian alphabet takes place as your child learns the Russian language. In addition, a transliteration is provided for each word into the Latin alphabet to help with pronunciation (parents who don’t read the language fluently will appreciate this).
  • Specifically for children: What really impresses me with the Dino Lingo Russian 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.

Dino Lingo Russian for Children: A Review

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 Russian language flash cards for kids
  • Animals in Russian picture dictionary
  • Animals in Russian 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 Russian. It has a variety of elements to it and follows a regular sequence. The fact that it is full immersion Russian 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 Russian 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 Russian Dino Lingo products (and to try out a demo), please head to the Dino Lingo Russian 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 15, 14 and 12, in German and English.

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