Saturday, February 7, 2015

Learning Language with Early Lingo

Both my husband and I grew up in homes where English was the primary language. However, both of us also have German backgrounds, with parents and grandparents who are fluent in the language. Growing up both of us heard German spoken a lot but sadly, neither of us were very good at picking up the German language. So we knew when we had children we would want to them to learn at least the basics of the language. 

As an Early Childhood Educator by profession, I know that children pick up second languages very easily because, let's face it, they are human sponges and recollect so much information in the first five years of life. Also, thanks to the abundance of multicultural shows like Dora The Explorer, children are learning languages earlier and earlier. 




Recently I was introduced to Early Lingo,  a company that has taken the medium of television to help children learn a variety of languages through their DVD Series.

About Early Lingo:

Caryn Antonini, graduate of the Georgetown University School of Languages and Linguistics, has created the new, innovative learning tool – EARLY LINGO. It was at the University that Caryn cultivated her understanding of a child’s acquisition of language and the relationship to their cognitive development. As a new mother, Caryn wanted to give her child the advantages of learning a foreign language as an infant and all the subsequent benefits it would bring to her child later in life, but was unable to find anything on the market that would accomplish this effectively.


  • Early Lingo is a playful approach to learning.
  • The interactive program allows young children to become familiar with a foreign language through immersive and repetitive learning techniques.
  • The use of playful animation and live-action video create a stimulating visual context.
  • The Early Lingo Series is the first of its kind, offering a solid foundation in learning foreign languages. With frequent exposure any child will be able to speak with no accent and familiarity.
  • Early Lingo uses the Total Immersion Method, a method that immerses the child immediately into the target language with no use of translation.
  • Early Lingo uses native speakers who articulate, speak slowly and use comprehensible words and phrases that are easy for the child to understand.
  • Children can learn a foreign language in their own home at any given time, an easy and convenient learning experience for all.
Benefits of Learning a Foreign Language as a Child:


Studies show that children who are bilingual or multilingual perform better in other academic areas and adjust to new situations more easily later in life. These children statistically earn higher scores in SATs (both math and verbal), show significant gains in IQ performance, and exhibit advanced mental flexibility and superiority in concept formation compared to their monolingual counterparts. Children experience enhanced cognitive development as well as sociocultural benefits.
Research proves that children have a greater advantage over others if they learn a foreign language at the same time they are learning their primary language – the second language will be simultaneously stored neatly and subconsciously in the same area of the brain. Children are not confused by learning additional languages, despite the propensity for this in adults –their brains create separate and unique neural pathways for each language. With frequent, repetitive exposure any child will be able to speak with familiarity and no accent.
Why no accent with Early Lingo? A learning window begins to close at 6 years of age, and by the time a child reaches his twelfth year he may no longer be able to speak without an accent. A famous example of this phenomenon is the case of Henry Kissinger. When he arrived in the United States as a boy, Henry was 12 years old and his younger brother was 10. Henry has retained a strong accent whereas his brother has none at all. Starting a linguistic program early is the key – Early Lingo!
The Early Lingo Series is organized into 12 familiar everyday activities.
Each DVD is a mini-adventure using relative words and expressions that engage the child.
Children can watch anytime, anywhere without the need for adult interaction or supervision, however, we encourage the parent or caregiver to participate alongside the child.
With Early Lingo’s use of the Total Immersion Method, the child is immersed immediately into the target language with no use of translation – proven to be the most effective and natural method of learning a new language.  Your toddler will be mesmerized by entertaining characters and content as they learn!
The Early Lingo DVD Series is the first of its kind, offering 12 animated and live-action videos to teach your child the basic foundation of a foreign language. The Series is organized into 12 interactive programs using a playful approach to learning with stimulating visual content of everyday activities featuring animated characters Jojo and Lulu.  Children will learn Music, Colors, see Real Live Footage (real objects from daily life), Animation, Action and Word Specific, with lots of repitition and Authentic Native Speakers. Most importantly, Early Lingo is specifically designed for 0-5 year old children, versus other products that are designed for 2-12 years. Early Lingo teaches children German, French, Spanish, English, Italian, Japanese in fun and educational ways.

My Review:

We were delighted to have the opportunity to review Early Lingo DVD series recently, and it has been a wonderful experience. It has been really great to see and hear my children interacting with the DVDs and learning the basics of counting, colors, music in both German and French. I have also used the DVD's with my home day care and it's been great to see even a 3 year old learning to say basic words in German and French. The Early Lingo program would be ideal for homeschool families, day care programs and family child care programs to teach second languages to young children. 

If you are looking for a fun and interactive way to introduce a second language to your children, look no further than Early Lingo.

I highly recommend this product and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase Early Lingo products here.

***I received a complimentary set of Early Lingo DVD's, courtesy of Early Lingo, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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