Friday, January 21, 2011

TOS Review - Speekee/Lingua4LTD

As a member of the TOS Review Crew our family was given a free trial to Speekee - Spanish for children - Online. Speekee is a Spanish teaching program that is available online or via DVD (though a PAL compatible DVD player is required). They offer at two week trial and then it is $7.95 per month. There is also an available option for regular schools here. The age range is approximately 2-10 years of age though my eleven and fourteen year old thought it funny and interesting.

There are ten videos staring Speekee - a purple puppet that speaks Spanish and interacts with Jim and several kids in various scenes. Closed Captioning translates the Spanish spoken into English so that kids learn as they follow along.

The videos combine songs and skits - each with a different location. Each video has suggested activities and worksheets that can be used along with the program. The videos are approximately 20 minutes long. My boys said it was like a Spanish version of Sesame Street and liked it very much. It is an immersion type program and I mostly just let them watch it and we would occasionally use some of the suggested activities. They really liked being able to watch it on our TV via our Wii. (Using the internet channel on the Wii, I went to the website, logged in and selected a video. I could not figure out how to get the closed captioning to work so we watched the ones they'd seen before.)

I found it a great way to start our school day and we watched some of the videos more than once. I think it would have helped my boys more if I had found it when they were younger. English is pretty tough for my guys and a new language would have to be introduced like this and even then it would be hard for them to grasp.

I would highly recommend Speekee for anyone wanting to introduce their child to Spanish. We will probably continue our subscription past the review period so that we can finish all of the activities.

Please head over and see what other TOS crew members have to say about this product here.

Disclaimer/Disclosure: I was given use of this product for the purpose of obtaining my honest opinion. I received nothing else. This is my honest opinion. Please consider that every family is different and results may vary.


Nameless said...

Thank you for this review Penny. Best wishes from Spain - Jim, the one in Speekee

Lisa said...

My girls loved Speekee, it added so much fun to our school day.