Here’s what the experts have been saying about the programs in Whistlefritz’s Spanish for Kids and French for Kids series:
“Whistlefritz hits the mark again with their newest release, The French Educator’s Collection. This educational product struck testers as being unlike anything else in its category, and as a result, it leaves “competitors” in the dust. The easy to use system not only introduces young children to the French language but continues to teach them how to actually speak the language. Everything is well thought out, well scripted and very well produced. Parents told us that they would use the same discs for years as their children perfected their knowledge and love of learning a new language. Several testers who had tried other language programs told us that the instructions and ease of use here are incomparable. It’s not all seriousness and education, there is a lot of fun and lightheartedness throughout the set. Your child will not only be encouraged to learn the French language, but they will be entertained with song and dance as well. Following the characters, Fritzi and Marie will also be fun for your child and help them feel connected to the videos. With 6 discs and the years of use you can expect to get out of The French Educator’s Collection, testers said that they would actually pay more for a teaching tool of this quality, noting that an adult system of this level could easily cost hundreds of dollars. For parents who are interested in introducing a foreign language to their children, this is the perfect place to start.”
“. . . exceptional production values, great sound and superb assortment of songs that featured many styles of music…”
“Catchy music, cute kids, and clever animation make this a great choice.”
“ . . . ideal and unreservedly recommended”.
“The musicianship and the production values are excellent. It is refreshing to have a Spanish language CD for children that is fun for adults too!”
“It’s not often that we get reviews from testers that call a product “flawless” and “the gold standard” but this new release from multi-Seal-winning Whistlefritz garnered both reactions.”
“5 out of 5 stars.”
“Once again, Whistlefritz uses its winning formula to introduce language-learning through song.”
“. . . This educational product struck testers as being unlike anything else in its category, and as a result, it leaves “competitors” in the dust. The easy to use system not only introduces young children to the French language but continues to teach them how to actually speak the language. Everything is well thought out, well scripted and very well produced. Parents told us that they would use the same discs for years as their children perfected their knowledge and love of learning a new language. Several testers who had tried other language programs told us that the instructions and ease of use here are incomparable . . .”
“[W]hile childhood is the best time to learn new languages, if you’re just starting out yourself, there’s plenty here for adults as well.”
“[My son] loves his new CD so much that he couldn’t wait to go to school and tell his teacher all about it.”
“My kids and I recently discovered “Whistlefritz.” I am in LOVE with this product! As a former elementary school teacher, this is one of the most all-inclusive and user-friendly language curriculums I have ever come across. It is engaging and fun and easy to use, even if you are not a native speaker. . .”
“… colorful and delightful…”
“The Buenos Dias – Spanish Learning Songs CD is a wonderful way to introduce Spanish to young kids in a fun and entertaining way. The CD uses children’s songs that aren’t instantly recognizable to American audiences, and that’s a good thing! The songs introduce Spanish words and convey the lyrical sounds of Spanish speaking to become more familiar. With various tempos, melodies, rhythms, and vocals, both parents and children alike will not tire of listening to these fun songs. Parents, you too will find yourself singing along as both you and your child learn a new language through the upbeat, memorable music. The melodies are great fun to listen and dance to, and most importantly, using music to learn Spanish is easy through this album! The phrases are repeated throughout each song, and the lyrics and translations are given to you in the album booklet. Even parents who took many years of Spanish in high school told us that they thought this CD taught them more in the time they had been listening to it than all those years conjugating verbs in school. This album not only teaches the Spanish language through music, but it also gives listeners a sense of excitement about the language. Several testers delightedly told us that they now use many phrases from the songs around their homes.”
“¡Buenos Días! Spanish Learning Songs is an eclectic and happy collection of children’s music that lifts the spirits from the moment you play the first song. It is great, not only for multicultural families, but also for those that love to explore different cultures, discover traditions from other countries and learn a second language.
I love how diverse this compilation of children’s songs is. You can enjoy different rhythms from different countries including Mexico, Perú and Colombia from South America and also flamenco from Spain. You can sing and dance along with the songs to the beats and sounds of salsa, merengue and Caribbean tunes from traditional children’s songs from Spanish speaking countries.
Families can enjoy ¡Buenos Días! Spanish Learning Songs musically and as a learning experience as well. The CD comes with a booklet with lyrics in Spanish and their English translations, so parents and kids can learn while they sing. The lyrics contain a great amount of basic vocabulary about animals, nature, food, music and human relationships.
The selections of songs, recording, arrangements and production is of the highest quality. The voice of Cuban-American Soprano singer Ileana Perez is beautiful and her Spanish enunciation is very clear. The musical production is impeccable and it is also an enriching experience while learning music.
The 15 tracks in ¡Buenos Días! Spanish Learning Songs are all enjoyable. I recommend ¡Buenos Días! Spanish Learning Songs for kids ages 2 to 10, as well as the whole family. I give it 5 out of 5 stars for its exceptional music quality and the fascinating learning experience. It’s available now, so look for it.“
“This DVD is an engaging adventure through the world of music. The story is creatively presented through fun cartoons, colorful pictures, human interaction, and songs, encouraging movement and dancing. With a fun and diverse cast, this DVD is a great next step for kids (and parents) hoping to become more conversational in Spanish.”
“La Música is an exciting journey through the world of music with easy to learn Spanish songs that make you want to get up and dance along!”
“This Carnaval French Learning Songs CD is a great educational learning asset that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Testers were thrilled and enthusiastic about discovering this musical CD that is entertaining but also teaches children an appreciation of French. Whistlefritz has proven time and time again that when it comes to entertaining and teaching children, they have got you “covered.” The music itself is upbeat with a whimsical, circusy vibe, mixed with a little bit of jazz. Even if your child can’t appreciate the words right away, they can surely enjoy the beats and the rhythms. There are a lot of different instruments, and that provides parents with yet another learning opportunity as they identify each. Parents told us that it quickly became one of their children’s favorite CDs to get up and dance to. There are so many songs crammed on to this one CD that parents felt it was an excellent value.”
“When it comes to learning second languages the general consensus is the younger the better, simply because they are knowledge sponges during these years. This is something Whistlefritz knows well and they demonstrate time and time again that they are simply the best at what they do.”
“Introducing children to other languages and cultures is such a wonderful way to expand their world view and build empathy. LA GRAN COLECCIÓN by Whisletfritz is filled fun music and videos to introduce children to Latin culture and the Spanish language. The whole family will enjoy this collection.”
“Whether it’s seeing friends at the playground, hunting for the mischievous Fritzi, or laughing with Marie, children will love learning French this way! Whistlefritz should be applauded and earns the Dove All-Ages Seal.”
“The French Educator’s Collection is a wonderful introduction to French culture and language, providing lively music, animation and fun games.”
“The French Educator’s Collection/La collection francaise” is an entertaining and effective language learning tool that proves a thoroughly ‘kid friendly’, practical, engaging, and fun introduction to the French language …”
“Catchy music, cute kids, and clever animation make this a great choice.”
“Carnaval, Spanish Learning Songs CD is filled with catchy songs that not only will make you want to get up and dance, but also provide a wonderful learning tool to introduce the Spanish language to your kids. Fun and learning for the whole family.”
“Who knew learning Spanish could be so much fun? What a great way to learn and reinforce vocabulary” . . . I rate this CD 5 out of 5 stars.”
“[I]deal and unreservedly recommended for Introductory Spanish Language Learning curriculums, as well as family, elementary school, and community library collections.”
“We are happy to award deserving products like CARNAVAL — Spanish Learning Songs ,” said Dawn Matheson, CEO, Mom’s Choice Awards. “Our panel of judges really felt this musical celebration of festive Spanish children’s songs from Whistlefritz merited a place on our list of the best in family-friendly products that parents and educators can feel confident in using.”