My kids and I were recently introduced to Bin Bin’s Magical Adventures, a Mandarin language immersion DVD. This 75-minute movie uses songs and stories to introduce all the phonemes of Mandarin, therefore exposing children to all the sounds of the language. Also included are 3 bonus tracks to reinforce key vocabulary words and 3 song excerpts from the stories.
The three story adventures included on Bin Bin are colors, foods and sleepy time. Here’s a short description of each:
- Where Did All the Colors Go?- Join Bin Bin as he takes you in a magical bubble to … Color Land! Just as Bin Bin is about to arrive, a storm washes away all of Color Land’s colors. Bin Bin’s friends — Emma the dog, Max the bunny and Katy the squirrel — are sad that color has left their world. With the help of items in his well-stocked vest, Bin Bin is able to restore colors. But Emma, Max and Katy each want to add only their favorite color. Will Color Land get its array of colors back? Come along to find out!
- Magical Land of Food- Bin Bin is happy to visit his little dog friends, Emma and Aiden, who always share the most wonderful foods with him. But this time, Emma and Aiden are unable to find any food to eat. So Bin Bin takes his friends on a journey to the Magical Land of Food. Join Bin Bin and his friends on this yummy adventure and see the magic for yourself!
- Sleepy Time Adventure – Little bunny Max is so excited that Bin Bin is able to spend the afternoon with him. As it gets late, Bin Bin helps Max to prepare for bed. Max can’t wait to say good-night to his favorite things: stars. But when he looks up in the sky, Max is unable to find any! Can Bin Bin and Max find the stars? Will the stars retake their places in the sky for the world to enjoy? Explore the night sky with Bin Bin and Max to find out!
My husband speaks Mandarin fluently but my children and I are new to the language. I had hopes this DVD would be a good introductory lesson with the language but I have to admit that I definitely had to print the free English translation of the stories so that I could better follow the stories. We caught on to the colors bin bin referenced but without subtitles we struggled a little. This would definitely be a good video to purchase if your kids are already introduced to Mandarin but need vocabulary development, like for preschoolers. I’ll be taking a Mandarin class at the local college so I’m glad to have this video to help me and maybe then I’ll be better equipped to help my kids follow the stories.
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