These CDs feature peppy songs with native speakers that help students learn basic vocabulary in Spanish, French or Mandarin Chinese. Volume 1 focuses on the alphabet, counting to 10, days of the week, months of the year, weather and seasons, colors, food, animals at the zoo, parts of the body, clothing and family members. Volume 2 contains songs on counting to 30, emotions, places in the community, opposites and measuring devices. The Volume 3 English-Spanish set showcases introductions, genders, plurals, dates, there is/are, descriptive adjectives, possessive adjectives, this or that, these and those, and capitalization. Volume 3 English-Spanish includes songs about formal/informal 'you,' unisex nouns, the verb 'to be,' phone numbers, adverbs of frequency, question words, how much/how many, pen pals, superlatives, and question marks/exclamation marks.
Each CD comes with a lyric book that features the song lyrics in both English and the foreign language as well as supplementary reproducible activities to complete. I listened to one of these at a trade show and was impressed by the clarity of the lyrics, the professional-quality, and the up-beat music that reflects the culture of the language being studied. (Watch out for those Spanish ones - you may be salsa-ing around the room instead of singing!). Both male and female native speakers sing the songs, giving students a good feel for what the language sounds like. These high-quality, educational audios would make an excellent introduction to the language for young students both in learning vocabulary, picking up the sound of the language, and as a memorization aid. - Jess