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The Best Bilingual Shows For Kids

List RulesVote 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."

  • Video: YouTube

    Language taught: Various

    For ages: 2+

    • Actors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney
    • Premiered: November 10, 1969
    Is this a great way to learn?
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    Ni Hao, Kai-Lan

    Video: YouTube

    Language taught: Mandarin Chinese

    For ages: 3+

    • Actors: Zachary Gordon, Khamani Griffin, Clem Cheung, Jade-Lianna Peters, Angie Wu
    • Premiered: February 7, 2008
    Is this a great way to learn?
  • Video: YouTube

    Language taught: Spanish

    For ages: 3+

    • Actors: Rosie Perez, Jake T. Austin
    • Premiered: September 6, 2005
    Is this a great way to learn?
  • Video: YouTube

    Language taught: Spanish

    For ages: 3+

    • Actors: Fatima Ptacek, Regan Mizrahi, Alexandria Suarez
    • Premiered: August 14, 2000
    Is this a great way to learn?