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Has anyone ever used Muzzy? If so, how did you like it? I'm thinking of using it for my three year old and six year old. I do have a few reservations about it and would like to hear if you loved or hated it and why.<br><br>
Also has anyone used Rosetta with children this young? Or do you wait until they are older?<br><br>
Thank you for taking the time to respond!
 

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I ordered Muzzy French and returned it. I think the idea behind it is good, but I wasn't thrilled with the actual cartoon. The main idea involves this old creepy guy being in love with the princess and cloning her on the computer - it felt very stalker-like to me and creeped me out. Also, one part of the cartoon had the characters listing their personality traits and one character said "I am fat" and another said "I am stupid". Really not things I want my young children learning in any language.<br><br>
ETA: I'm starting to question my memory on the "I am stupid" part because it seems so shocking to me, still. But I'm pretty sure that was there. Maybe someone else can confirm. (I'm positive about the fat thing.)<br><br>
My 4.5 yr old said she liked the cartoon, but I must admit she will watch anything. My 2 yr old seemed mesmerized by it when it was on, but behaved a little strangely afterwards. I think it was a little scary for him.
 

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Yikes..... thank you for the review.<br><br>
Did you wind up getting another foreign language program for your kids? I am trying not to school traditionally however, I figured foreign language was one of those things I would need to get programmed.
 

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Rosetta Stone is awesome! My six year old and eight year old are both enjoying it. My three year old loves to watch them, so he repeats the words and is learning along with them.<br>
Check the libraries in your area. In Ohio you can get it for free just by accessing it through the library website.!!$$
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yikes..... thank you for the review.<br><br>
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I just returned it and am still looking for another option. At this point, I think what we'll do is find a French version of cartoons that they're familiar with in English and show both, with an emphasis on the French. A lot of programs on DVD actually come with multiple languages, so this should be easy. Same with books - French and English versions and read both for story times. Also, we are lucky to have bilingual family members, so I've asked my SIL and nephews to write to my kids in French. I know they'll find that very exciting!
 

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These are all the reasons I heard for not using it. So I got N'Allenarts program for small kids and my kids freaking LOVE it. No DVDs, but there are activities, coloring, etc. I am hoping to get Rosetta Stone someday for several languages, but for right now I am going to work on the N'Allenart and move up that one.
 

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I tried the Spanish version of Muzzy and disliked it for the same reasons. Also, the actual quality of the cartoon itself is very low quality, both visually and auditorially. My kids started calling it, "fuzzy muzzy". I was so glad I tried it out at the library rather than buying it.
 

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Wow - it's that bad. Not one positive review... and they are advertising on Mothering.com!<br><br>
Thank you mamas for the input!
 

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I have seen other people post here saying they use it and like it. Maybe you can do a search for muzzy and see what turns up.
 

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We recently got the first two Spanish Muzzy VHS tapes at a rummage sale, and I'd give it a positive review. If you watched both tapes frequently, you could end up learning quite a bit of useful Spanish. Not the entire language, not even past or future tense, but enough to be useful. I guess there's a Level II also, but I don't know what that covers.<br><br>
I kind of liked the goofy story (featuring Muzzy, an alien who likes to eat parking meters.) It's not the kind of story that has huge kid appeal, but I don't find it inappropriate for my 4.5 year old. (And I don't think a character says, "I am stupid." Corvax, the princess's stalker, does say, "I am clever," and I think at the end when he's defeated he may be told that he's not clever, he's stupid.)
 
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