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Nicole, Senior Producer - The Lingo Show Nicole, Senior Producer - The Lingo Show | 17:50 UK time, Tuesday, 8 February 2011

The Lingo Show



I am so excited to tell you about ‘The Lingo Show’, brand new to CBeebies, launching as a game on the website.

Starring ‘Lingo’, the ultimate show bug and his performing bug friends, they introduce different languages to your little ones, sprinkled with a bit of culture.  Your child will help prepare for the ‘Big Bug Show’ by painting and decorating the stage, counting and dressing up the dancing bugs, and so much more whilst learning words in different languages. Then your child will sing along to the ‘Big Bug Song’ featuring the learnt words.

When I relocated from America and travelled around the UK, I was truly struck by how many different languages I encountered. That must sound a bit odd coming from the States, especially New York, but over there it seems like they were in distinct pockets and not as integrated and shared as I find the experience here.  That got me thinking about how I might turn this observation into an engaging and rewarding experience for our CBeebies audience and further celebrate diversity. Here you go, ‘The Lingo Show’!

On this project I worked with the most ‘Lingo-tastic’ team. We had the most fun creating, designing and animating our beloved and eccentric bug characters, composing the songs, working with educational consultants for each language and even the voices for the bugs, each is a native speaker of the respective language. 

Watch out for the launch which features some of the languages your children might encounter in their schools and local community: 14 February – French, Spanish and Mandarin; 1 March on St. David’s Day – Welsh; 14 March – Punjabi and Urdu; 28 March – Polish and Somali.

I hope you love 'Lingo' as much as I loved making it. I would love to know what you think and please let me know how your little ones are getting on learning new words in different languages with ‘Lingo’ and his bug friends.

‘merci’ ‘xiè xiè’ ‘shukriyaa’ ‘diolch’ ‘gracias’ ‘dhanvaad’ ‘dziekuje’ ‘mahadsanid’
Thank you in all the languages. : )



  • Comment number 1.

    My 3 year old just tried these games and loved them, especially the counting. These are a wonderful aid for teaching languages and I can't wait to see the programmes on cbeebies.

  • Comment number 2.

    My 5 year old daughter asks: 'Will they finish soon or not? When will all the bugs be there?' She's really enjoyed the games, done the first three bugs and has put the posters on the wall.
    Also, will you expand the range of bugs later on? We're living in the Middle East at the moment so an arabic-speaking bug would be great...

  • Comment number 3.

    Apologies - didn't read the article properly. Dates are there! Moderator - please remove that part of my post but keep the general comments and the Q about arabic.

  • Comment number 4.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 5.

    As a primary language teacher I was very excited about seeing this and was really keen to have a look through the website. I think my class in the UK will really love the characters and be motivated to learn.
    I was a little disppointed with the songs as I had hoped they would be entirely in the foreign language, I didn't think there was much context for the vocabulary.
    I enjoyed the games and will definitely be using some of these!

  • Comment number 6.

    My 5 yr old son loves to play this, unfortunately he never gets very far. He can never finish the colouring of the "set". The paint brush will not accept a new colour after he has coloured just a few items. Can anyone help us with this?. Many thanks

  • Comment number 7.

    We like this, Nicole - well done! Is there any chance of a German version some day?

  • Comment number 8.

    Hi Everybody

    Nicole has asked me to pass on the following to you:

    Great to hear your comments and very pleased you're enjoying 'Lingo'. I wanted to let you all know that Welsh, Punjabi and Urdu have launched and Somali and Polish will launch on 28 March.

    It is wonderful to see requests for new languages. The languages in 'The Lingo Show' were selected as a balance of those taught commonly or increasingly in schools and the prevalence of languages spoken by ethnic groups within the UK. While we know it might be frustrating that the language selection is limited, we hope you appreciate we cannot represent every language.

    In the future, we hope there may be an opportunity to commission more languages. If that situation arises, we will take all requests for other languages into consideration.

    Regarding the Finale song in each language section, the words featured in the song are actually the words played in the games therefore providing context for the overall experience.

    As for any technical problems, we would like to help you out. What you need to do is log a formal complaint at the following location and at the bottom of the page you will see the appropriate link:

    Thanks again for you interest in 'The Lingo Show' and I hope you continue to enjoy the experience with your little ones.


  • Comment number 9.

    My 3 year old adores The Lingo Show. My husband is Greek so she has been brought up with 2 languages in the house. English is her strongest at the moment. Is there any chance you might add a Greek bug at some point? I'm sure there are quite a few families in the UK where Greek is spoken.

    Kind regards Emma

  • Comment number 10.

    Fantastic! My 5yr old loves the Lingo show! (so do I actually!). Question for Nicole - how could I get hold of the music for the show so my daughter can learn to play it on her guitar? (have tried to get in touch with you via feeds etc but no joy (bit of a technophobe!). Sorry if this is an inappropriate way to get in touch.
    Keep up the good work!!
    Best wishes Martin

  • Comment number 11.

    Hi Martin - Nicole has asked me to pass this onto you:

    Really great to hear that both you and your child are enjoying Lingo and loving the music! Unfortunately the music is not available for distribution but if it does become available in the future we will let you know.



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