, for children 2 to 12, is available in 5 languages (Spanish, Chinese, Italian, French and German) and their cheapest set, the starter kit, includes a 60-minute DVD for $29.95. Their include 4 DVDs, 2 CDs, 2 activity books and reference books for $199.95. , targeting , is available in more languages than Professor Toto but not as many as Little Pim with Spanish, French, German, Italian, English, Chinese Mandarin, Russian and Portuguese (Brazil). They only sell complete sets for $199 - including 3 DVDs plus 2 vocabulary-building DVDs, a storybook and a CD - but you can try it for free (sort of, they charge you for shipping and handling) .
Muzzy is the only one offering interactive software (for ages 7 to 12 for $89). Little Pim is the only one offering iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad apps (see sidebar).
We tried watching the Muzzy program and my daughter, who was 3 years old at the time, really didn't like it. I thought it was more suitable for children at least 5 or older. I have not had the chance to see Professor Toto but an age range of 2 to 12 seems too broad. Honestly a range of 0 to 5 years is pushing it, but I think Little Pim does it in such a way that it could still be a great introduction for a 5-year-old or even adults with no experience with the language. Five years old is a good peak age for Little Pim because by that time your child will likely get foreign language exposure in school.
The Little Pim DVD comes with a parent guide that gives a basic summary of how to get the most from the DVD. For example, one of the tips is to model proper pronunciation instead of correcting your child if he or she mispronounces a word or phrase.