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Friday, January 21, 2011

TOS Review Speekee

My blog is being scraped again.  If you are reading this on a website other than you are reading a stolen copy of my content.

This time up for review with The TOS Crew is Speekee.

Speekee logo

I was pretty excited to review this because we have been unsuccessful in learning a second language.  :)  I am all for any option that helps in our quest to be bi-lingual!

From their website:

Speekee TV is designed so that children can learn Spanish in their own time and at their own pace.
  • 10 episodes, over 150 minutes of pure Spanish learning
  • Learn Spanish from real Spanish children in real Spanish locations
  • Features songs, animation and puppets
  • Optional subtitles in Spanish and English
  • Free activity sheet downloads
  • Great fun and extremely effective
  • Created by specialist language teachers
Basically, they are videos that use the immersion method to teach Spanish.  The videos are filled with singing, dancing, speaking, visual aids, and reading (sub-titles).  Each video focuses on certain words and they are repeated over and over using singing/music.  Speekee is a puppet as well as Dino and Lupe and they interact with children and one man.  These videos were filmed in Spain using native speaking people.

Each video is done with great quality and the music is very catchy.  You will be singing it for hours.  Seriously.

We were given a subscription to watch the videos online but they are also available in DVD form and for schools.  The Online Subscription price is $7.50 per month with the first two weeks being free!  The DVD's are available for around $151.95 but you have to be careful because the company is based in Europe and not all of our DVD players will play their formatting.  I would probably recommend going with the online version if you are interested in Speekee.  The age range for Speekee is 2-10.


Here are 10 reasons why Speekee is chosen by parents:

-    Great fun and extremely effective
-    Created by specialist linguists and musicians
-    Accelerated learning methodology for natural success
-    100% in Spanish (English and Spanish subtitles available)
-    Simple presentation style
-    Lively, engaging characters
-    Real Spanish children in real Spanish locations
-    Concise, essential Spanish vocabulary, with lots of repetition
-    Catchy songs


You can head on over to their website and watch a video to see what it's like.  You just might like it!

For our family, we didn't so much.  My oldest girls weren't really interested, although even they picked up some of the words from the constant singing of the songs!  My younger two weren't as interested in Speekee as I was hoping they would be.  They would watch the videos but only if I made them.  They just didn't care for it.  They also never cared for Sesame Street either, so maybe it is just them!  They did learn some Spanish from the videos and have remembered it so it must have been working.  I even remember some of it!

Like I said before, we have tried other programs for Spanish and none of them have worked.  I think we are doomed to only speaking English.  :(

I do know that many other families reviewed this and loved it.  They had great success with it, I think we just happen to be the odd family out here!  If you want to see what others had to say about Speekee, head on over to the Crew blog and check them out.

**As always, I was given a two month subscription through The TOS Crew in exchange for my honest review.


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Jim said...

Hola Renita and family, thank you very much for your honest review of Speekee TV. Naturally, I would have liked you to have learned more Spanish with the program, but at least the songs have made an impact (-; All the best to you from Jim, the one in Speekee