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Old 02-07-2010, 03:09 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I am looking for a language program for my son (and me) to learn Italian. I came across this program, Muzzy, and was wondering if anyone has used it before: http://www.early-advantage.com/Default.aspx or could recommend another type of program.

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I used Muzzy to learn English when I was 10 or so It's amaizing! I would get it again for my ds if it wasn't for the cost. But it definetly is good, funny and as an adult I enjoy it a lot. There are some clips of Muzzy on youtube, not sure what languages, but definetly english, german. So you can check it out before you buy it.
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I don't have any experience with Muzzy, but I have heard positive things about it from expats here. (I live in Italy.)

This website has Italian songs, lullabies, fables in Italian that might be fun for your ds. The website itself is Italian so it might be a little difficult to navigate if you're just starting out with the language, but once you get the basics down it might be a helpful resource.
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We used Muzzy to learn German as kids. LOVED it!

I can't speak for the effectiveness of it, it was just part of a whole language curriculum.
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The language we are working on (Arabic) isn't available through Muzzy, so we went with Little Pim, the kids' version of the Pimseleur language program. I'm still waiting for our DVD set, but we've watched a 10 minute clip of it on youtube, and it seems great for preschoolers/young school children. It was only $50 for the full set, so might even be worth considering to supplement the Muzzy program.
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thank you for the tip. i had never heard of little pim. so now i am going to browse around and see what they offer. i am a fan of the pimseleur materials.

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thank you for the tip. i had never heard of little pim. so now i am going to browse around and see what they offer. i am a fan of the pimseleur materials.
Quick update - we received the videos a few days ago, and I really like them. Everything is spoken in the target language, and there is a lot of repitition to help with learning. Periodically, they'll write out a word or a phrase on the screen after you've heard it a few times (in the Arabic version, the phrase is transliterated into latin characters). This is very helpful for me as a non-speaker of the target language, so I can help the kids.

My 3 year old loves the videos - my 6 year old is on the cusp of being a little too old for them.
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