Posted by Jim on January 12, 2012
Don’t be fooled by the glum looking expression; this guy is Andrés Bautista and he is a very nice chap! Andrés worked for the now-defunct SierraVision TV service in Arcos de la Frontera, the beautiful town in which Speekee was filmed (and where I remain fortunate to be living!). He was one of the people I used to deal with when the filming of the Speekee episodes was taking place. What fun that period was!
Much of Speekee was filmed not just outside in the town’s streets, parks etc., but also inside the SierraVision studio (the image of Andrés is, as you can probably tell, taken from inside the control room).
You can easily imagine, then, why SierraVision – not a TV station blessed with a surfeit of quality programming – asked me one day if they could ‘borrow’ the DVDs of episodes and put them on local TV. And so… they did.
To put this into some context, we are not talking about Speekee beinig beamed around the world, but rather shown on a local TV station plus a few others nearby.
Anyway, the point of this story is to tell you about the warm reaction it received from parents and, more importantly perhaps, to point out that the youngest TV-watching Spanish kids here in Arcos were captivated!
Well, when we designed Speekee it was with non Spanish speakers in mind. I was not expecting Spanish kids to love it too! But they did.
And it was a chat with my new hairdresser yesterday which prompted this blog entry today, because he had recognised me from the program his daughter (now six years old) so loved.
Cool! Speekee works for Spanish speakers and non Spanish speakers. A double whammy!
Posted by Jim on January 12, 2012
Spanish for kids is becoming more and more important, much as we at Speekee would expect as the world gets ever ‘smaller’; travel between countries increases, jobs are sought abroad, and the internet’s growth goes on and on. In short, language learning, and specifically Spanish for kids (our field of expertise) is a major advantage these days.
What is a suitable age for beginning the learning of Spanish for kids? At Speekee we reckon on 2 years old and upwards… Speekee’s Spanish works for a wide range of kids: those who are very young and just like to watch the moving images (while soaking in the Spanish without even knowing it – that’s the trick!); those who are a little older and are beginning to gets to grips with both their native language and – why not indeed! – another one (of course, with the child’s mouth still getting used to verbalising thoughts, and not having yet ‘got stuck’ in one language, its flexibility allows for other languages to be learned – and not just learned, but learned properly); and then the older children, for whom the sight of their peers (the Speekee program deliberately features Spanish children of up to 12 years old) maintains a high level of interest in the video content.
“Spanish for kids” is a popular search term with Google. But is the searcher sufficiently discerning to make a wise choice for their child? Choosing wisely can be so tricky! Fortunately, at Speekee we don’t just provide a great Spansh learning product for kids; we also back up that quality with customer service to die for (-; (-;
So if you have searched today for “Spanish for kids” it’s time to give Speekee a try.
Visit www.speekee.co.uk – oh, and check out our new Speekee TV annual subscription package at just $60. Is there a better offer out there when it comes to Spanish for kids?
Speekee with Jim, showing how easy spanish for kids can be