Bilingual is Better

I can’t believe I had never seen El Perro y El Gato, the original animated specials shown on HBO Family and HBO Latino, before now (I somehow missed this Video of the Week right here!). Ever since these DVDs arrived in the mail, my son has been watching them on repeat. The catchy music, cute animation, and hilarious scenes make these appealing to bilingual and monolingual kids alike. What the little ones don’t know is that they are improving their language skills while watching.

El Perro, a funny little guy who talks incessantly, explains everything to his friend, El Gato. The fat, purple cat is only concerned with food and his catch phrase alternates between “¿Qué?” and “What?” The unusual pair gets into predicament after predicament. As the dog narrates their adventures in both English and Spanish, vocabulary words pop up on the screen.

These newly released DVDs are most appropriate for children ages 2-5, but you will find yourself absorbed as well. My favorite scene is when El Perro y El Gato are doing yoga – or trying to. None of the 4 DVDs included in this set lasts more than 25 minutes, but each has an interesting variety of scenes to hold a child’s attention. My son laughs hysterically through every one and pretends to be the cat for the entire day after watching.

Check out this clip called Sharing and see for yourself…hilarious!

El Perro y El Gato can also be enjoyed in a bilingual book format that’s perfect to accompany the shows.  To find the shows check out Amazon and the HBO Store.

The Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winners: MJ and Zuwi!

We’re giving away one, four DVD set of  El Perro y El Gato (pictured above) to TWO lucky winners.  To enter just leave us a comment telling us if you are a Perro or a Gato person.

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