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The Best Bilingual Shows For Kids  

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List Rules Vote up the children's television programs that are best at teaching Spanish and other languages

Other than from being a great place to waste a whole day by binge-watching a series that features adults playing teenagers caught in mind-bending drama, television does have its educational uses. Though it may not get a lot of credit as a learning tool, the fact is, most of us who are reading this now have learned a lot of our vocabulary from TV (for better or worse). Whether we learned English from cartoons or have a working knowledge in Spanish thanks to Dora the Explorer, the best bilingual kids TV shows are entertaining as well as educational.

These bilingual shows for kids almost always use humor and interactive content to connect with young viewers and engage them in ways that books or lessons can't. And in an increasingly connected world, its these shows that are preparing the kids of the future by teaching them languages other than their native tongue.

Whether you're trying to get your own kid to be bilingual or you're simply curious where the future of educational television is going, we're here to rank the best bilingual children's shows from best to "bueno." Or in French, from best to "bien." Or in Italian, from best to "bene."

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Video: YouTube

Language taught: Various

For ages: 2+

Sesame Street is a long-running American children's television series created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett. The program is known for its educational content, and images communicated through the use of Jim Henson's Muppets, animation, short films, humor, and cultural references. The series premiered on November 10, 1969 to positive reviews, some controversy, and high ratings. The show has undergone significant changes throughout its history. The format of Sesame Street consists of a combination of commercial television production elements and techniques which have evolved to reflect the changes in American culture and the audience's viewing habits. With the creation of Sesame ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney

Premiered: 1969

Number of Seasons: 42

Network: Public Broadcasting Service, Noggin, National Educational Television, PBS Kids Sprout

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Video: YouTube

Language taught: Mandarin Chinese

For ages: 3+

Ni Hao, Kai-Lan is an American children's television series which premiered on Nickelodeon on November 5, 2007, and on Noggin on December 15, 2008. It also premiered on the Canadian Television Channel Treehouse TV. Ni Hao, Kai-lan is based on the childhood memories of the show's creator Karen Chau growing up in a bicultural household. “Ni hao” means “Hello” in Mandarin, and Kai-Lan is the Chinese name Chau was given at birth, which was later anglicized to Karen. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Zachary Gordon, Khamani Griffin, Clem Cheung, Jade-Lianna Peters, Angie Wu

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Nick Jr.

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Video: YouTube

Language taught: Spanish

For ages: 3+

Dora the Explorer is an American educational animated TV series created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh, and Eric Weiner. Dora the Explorer became a regular series in 2000. The show is carried on the Nickelodeon cable television network, including the associated Nick Jr. channel. It aired on CBS until September 2006. A Spanish-dubbed version first aired as part of a Nick en español block on NBC Universal-owned Telemundo through September 2006; since April 2008, this version of the program has been carried on Univision as part of the Planeta U block. The series is co-produced by Nickelodeon Productions and Nickelodeon Animation Studio. Dora the Explorer is one of the longest-running shows of ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Fatima Ptacek, Regan Mizrahi, Alexandria Suarez

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 6

Network: Nick Jr., Telemundo, Nickelodeon, Noggin, Nick Jr., + more

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Video: YouTube

Language taught: Spanish

For ages: 3+

Go, Diego, Go! is an American animated educational television program that originally aired on the Nickelodeon children's cable network in the United States and produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio . Created and executive produced by Chris Gifford and Valerie Walsh, the series is a spin-off of Dora the Explorer and follows Dora's cousin Diego, an 8-year-old Latino boy whose adventures frequently involve rescuing animals and protecting their environment. The series, which aired for five seasons, consisting of 75 episodes, premiered at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6, 2005 and concluded on Friday September 16, 2011. During the series' lifespan, the program also aired on the CBS broadcast ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Rosie Perez, Jake T. Austin

Premiered: 2005

Network: Nick Jr., Nickelodeon

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