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 Dutch
It can be difficult for families to find language programs for their children, especially for languages that aren’t often taught as foreign languages in schools. Dutch is one of these language.
For parents and educators who have asked me where they can find Dutch language learning programs for children, I am delighted to tell them to Dino Lingo! Starting young is the best time to start!
Here is a rundown of the Dino Lingo Dutch language program:
- First 200 Dutch 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 Dutch 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 Dutch (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.
- Dutch subtitles: To aid in word pronunciation, recognition and retention, Dutch subtitles are included in all of the Dino Lingo DVDs. This means that exposure to Dutch written words takes place as your child learns the Dutch language.
- Specifically for children: What really impresses me with the Dino Lingo Dutch 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.
- 150 Dutch language flash cards for kids
- Dutch vocabulary book for kids
- Dutch poster set for kids
- World map
- Dutch flag
- A dinosaur plush toy
- Dino Lingo coloring book
- 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 introduce their children to the first 200 words of Dutch. Bilingual families, who speak Dutch at home, could use this product with their young children but it would have to be more of a jumping off point for further parent-directed language learning.
The program has a variety of elements to it and follows a regular sequence. The fact that it is full immersion Dutch 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 Dutch with this product. This will have the most impact on children learning the language. The DVDs on their own are not enough. Parents can help 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!
As advertised, this program focuses primarily on the first 200 words in Dutch. Parents should not expect that their children will become fluent after using this program. However, children will most likely have a fun time picking up top vocabulary, pronunciation and a general sense of the Dutch language.
To learn more about the Dutch Dino Lingo products (and to try out a demo), please head to the Dino Lingo Dutch 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!