When Influenster provided a link to try out a kids language learning program called Dino Lingo, I was very excited. I received this sample FREE from Influenster for testing and review. Although the program is available in MANY languages, I chose to preview the Spanish one since that would be the one I would most likely buy. This program is marketed to children ages 2 to 7 years old and is available through www.dinolingo.com . The cost is $99.95 + SH with a 30 day money-back guarantee. To see what's actually included for that price click here.
My first reaction to this program was a little negative due to the quality of the animation (this is not Pixar), but I soon got over it. You and your child are guided through the program by cute little animated dinosaurs. Real video footage is alternated with digital & traditional animation to provide "in context" ways to observe the vocabulary and phrases. Also, the program uses just the right amount of repetition to really help you "get" what they are saying. For example, you are shown several pictures/animated birds. Each time you see the bird, the Spanish word for bird pops up on the screen and it is said aloud. This is repeated several times. Then you see two birds.... then many birds which are counted in Spanish: FOUR birds: 1, 2, 3, 4... then a blue bird... and finally an in context sentence: There are seven birds!
In the first disk, animals, numbers, and colors were intertwined. The program was about 22 minutes long. In between "learning" parts there are mixed interludes with dinosaurs and other characters dancing, counting, playing and more. There were lots of silly parts that your child will laugh at, I think.