Author Archives: Joanna Seich

“CUANDO LLEGUE LA NOCHE” (When the Night Comes)

This soothing Spanish children’s lullaby – CUANDO LLEGUE LA NOCHE – is the perfect end to the day. The lyrics were written by Jessie Pérez and performed by her sister, Ileana Pérez. The song is from the Whistlefritz CD ¡BUENOS DÍAS! Song “CUANDO LLEGUE LA NOCHE” from the Whistlefritz CD ¡BUENOS DÍAS!  CUANDO LLEGUE LA […]

“SONIDOS DEL FLAMENCO” (Sounds of Flamenco)

Flamenco dancer Sara Jerez (aka María in the Whistlefritz videos) and her husband, flamenco guitarist, Ricardo Marlow, created this awesome introduction to flamenco music and dance. Kids can clap, play castanets, and stomp along to the catchy lyrics and rhythm, as they learn words and phrases associated with flamenco. This song –SONIDOS DEL FLAMENCO – […]

“EL TAMAL NO ESTÁ MAL” (The Tamale Isn’t Bad)

Juanito is a picky eater. He’s not sure he wants to eat anything. As his parents encourage him to try different dishes, he learns that he likes them all! This Spanish song for kids – EL TAMAL NO ESTÁ MAL – teaches different foods and ways to say that food is good. The song, performed […]

“MANZANITA DE PERÚ” (Little Apple from Peru)

This amazing song takes the game MANZANITA DE PERÚ and sets it to magical Andean music.  Kids hear the traditional Andean instruments of the zampoñas and chajchasas as they learn the Spanish words for numbers and the question “How old are you?” The song, performed by Ileana Pérez and Andrés Mallea of The Mystic Warriors, […]

“ME GUSTA VIAJAR”

It’s time to take a trip!  Let’s go by car, train, plane and boat.  This beautiful Spanish children’s song — “ME GUSTA VIAJAR” — teaches Spanish words for different forms of transportation and places. The song, performed by Jorge Anaya, is from Whistlefritz’s CD CHA, CHA, CHA — Spanish Learning Songs. Song “ME GUSTA VIAJAR” […]

“LE JOUR DE L’ACTION DE GRÂCE (THANKSGIVING)”

Thanksgiving has arrived! The family is all together. What has everyone brought to share? This catchy French children’s song teaches French vocabulary for different kinds of food and members of the family. The song, composed by Didier Prossaird, is from the Whistlefritz CD CARNAVAL. Song “LE JOUR DE L’ACTION DE GRÂCE” from the Whistlefritz CD CARNAVAL. […]

When is the best time to start exposing children to a second language?

by Heidi Stock When is the best time to start exposing children to a second language? As early as possible! In fact, babies benefit from hearing a second language as early as during pregnancy. Here’s the evidence: 1.  Babies recognize the differences between languages within hours after birth! Research shows that babies learn the rhythm […]

Whistlefritz, Acclaimed Language Immersion Videos and Music for Toddlers and Preschoolers Honored with 2019 National Parenting Product (NAPPA) Awards

Glen Echo, Maryland, September 24, 2019 – Whistlefritz, the acclaimed producer of Spanish and French language-learning programs for toddlers and preschoolers, has received top honors from the prestigious National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA). Named 2019 NAPPA Award Winners are the boxed set of videos and music Spanish For Kids: LA GRAN COLECCIÓN and the CD […]

Bilinguals with Alzheimer’s Disease

Bilinguals with Alzheimer’s disease can function better for 4-5 years longer than monolinguals. — Dr. Ellen Bialystok. This video is an excerpt of a longer discussion by Drs. Jaumont and Bialystok of a wide range of topics relating to bilingualism’s impact on the brain. The full interview can be found at https://livestream.com/frenchembassy/events/8184559.

Bilinguals with Benefits: Advantages of Early Language Learning

A lot has been written about the benefits of being bilingual. So many claims have been made about the benefits of bilingualism that you might think being bilingual makes you better at everything! (It doesn’t.) That said, research shows that being bilingual improves certain brain functions and social skills, and that these benefits extend beyond just speaking another language.