Little Pim: Watch Your Kids Learn a Foreign Language

We've all heard that kids can more easily learn a second language than adults.  I'm clearly not a scientist but for whatever reason, kids pick up and retain languages easier when they are younger.  This is why many schools now start teaching a second language like Spanish or French in Kindergarten.

But how do you get them going?  Do you just wait for them to go to school and hope they have a program like this?

I have to admit, I had never heard of Little Pim until I got an email from them asking if I would do a review of their products for the site.   I looked them up and according to their site:

Little Pim is an award-winning foreign language immersion DVD series for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

We currently offer three theme-based DVDs that use our unique Entertainment Immersion Method™, which combines animation and real kids, teaching simple words and phrases for everyday activities.

Each program is available individually or in a discounted three-disc set. Currently we offer Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Hebrew, English (ESL), German, Arabic, and Russian.

So, I chose Spanish and waited for the DVD to arrive.

Now call me a skeptic, but my little girl is not quite two and although she chatters a whole bunch she really only says a handful of words.  "Juice" and "shoes" sound exactly the same so I don't count that as two.  So, I was pretty sure she some DVD isn't going to start making her speak Spanish...

Little Pim Dropping Some Knowledge

We sat down and watched Wake Up Smiling: Spanish for Preschoolers, Toddlers & Babies and from an adult point of view it seems to be a pretty standard kid's educational DVD.

They mix cute cartoons of Pim the Panda in with live action scenarios showing you the phrases they are teaching you.  If they are teaching you the Spanish word for eyes, ojos, they draw a circle around the eyes of the person on the screen and so on.

To me, it seemed like  Sesame Street with out the puppets and celebrities...

But to my little girl, it was some earth stopping stuff.  Reagan doesn't focus on the TV very often; she'll stop and watch for a couple of seconds but usually doesn't linger much.  Even when she's watching her favorites Curious George, Sesame Street (Burt and Ernie are second only to Elmo) or football (yeah, how awesome is that!?) she doesn't really just sit there and watch.

But with Little Pim's Spanish DVD, she literally froze and just watched it with the most focus I have ever seen from her.  After a bit she began to move her mouth to the words and would point at things like her eyes, our dogs and other things she saw when they said the word.  I was seriously impressed, but nothing prepared my wife and I for what came next.

As the DVD was winding down, my wife and I were messing around and I said, "Donde estan los peros?"  Which, if my high school Spanish is right, means "Where are the dogs?"  Without missing a beat my daughter ran around the coffee table, walked right up to where the dogs were laying and pointed at them!!!

We tried with other words and she wasn't as on it, but whenever we said something about the "peros" she knew what were talking about!  How crazy is that?  The nutty thing is the DVD never once said "Donde esta..." I just threw that in.  Yet, she knew what I was asking.

Could it be a fluke?  I guess.  But that is one crazy coincidence if it was!

Needless to say, we're going to be ordering more of these and making it a daily habit to watch them with Reagan.

For more information, visit Little Pim today!