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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. Why the names Frank and Paco?
    This is a play on names between English and Spanish. Paco is a common Spanish nickname for Frank. Our executive producer thought this was funny. Plus, she just likes the name Paco.
  2. Why a horse and rooster?
    Well, the lamb, pig, dog, cat, and others who tried out, just weren’t good enough.
  3. What about Hannah, Megan, and Christina?
    This was a contract deal per Frank and Paco. They refused to do the videos unless Hannah, Megan and Christina were involved. Besides, Christina speaks fluent Spanish and helps teach Frank when Frank just can’t understand a Spanish word Paco is trying to teach him.
  4. Why are there 2 versions of these videos…one to teach English and one to teach Spanish?
    Cecilia, our executive producer, felt there was a need for both. She grew up in the Rio Grande Valley which is in extreme south Texas along the border with Mexico. There, she knew many people who wanted to learn Spanish and many people who wanted to learn English.
  5. How many kids are in the videos?
    46
  6. Where was the video shot?
    In a suburb of Houston, Texas at various locations.
  7. Why is everything so green in the video?
    Well, the Houston area is green much of the year because of the mild climate, but there had been a lot of rain prior to most of the shooting and the plants and grass just loved it.
  8. Will there be more videos?
    There are six more volumes outlined. They would cover topics like getting dressed, school, sports, weather, everyday conversation, food, people, animals, the universe, the earth, countryside, city, neighborhood, time, questions, answers, art, music, performing, fun times, and religion.
  9. How do I know if the information in this video is technically correct?
    There is a highly educated and experienced team that created the Frank and Paco content. They include two bilingual teachers and a linguist. Everything was checked thoroughly. For Spanish rules, Asociación Cultural Antonio de Nebrija through web site elcastellano.org and the Real Academia Española were consulted.
  10. How about the music…who composed and performed it?
    The music was created and recorded by Gerry and Harriet Payne of Cherish the Music. Gerry Payne also sang the English lyrics, while Jay Cantu, a well known Texas performer, sang the Spanish lyrics.
  11. Why are all the nouns in the video accompanied by articles?
    To speak Spanish correctly, it is important to know the article that goes with each noun. Of course, many nouns which end in the letter “a” use the article la, and many nouns which end in the letter “o” use the article el. But there are exceptions. In addition, there are nouns which don’t end with the letters a or o. So learning the correct article as you learn the noun is a good idea. Please note that usage will dictate whether an article is used with the noun. An example from Volume 1 is milk—leche. If someone wants milk, they would say “yo quiero leche”--“I want milk”. But if someone wants milk passed to them and there is juice, water or milk to choose from, they would specify by saying “yo quiero la leche”—“I want the milk”.
  1. What if I don't like the DVD?
    We value you, our customer and hope you will love the Frank & Paco DVD. But, if you are not completely satisfied with your order, please return to us within 30 days and we will refund your money. Instructions for returning are on the packing list included with every order.
  2. What are some other exceptions and rules for articles (not discussed in the video)?
    Most words which end in dad, ción, sión, and nión are considered feminine. Most words which end in aje and ón are considered masculine. Words which end in ma and which are of Greek origin are considered masculine. Most words which end in r except labor and flor are considered masculine. Most words which end in ele, el, or al except hiel, miel, sal and sucursal are considered masculine. The names of rivers, oceans, lakes, seas, days of the week and months of the year are also considered masculine. Giraffe is always la jirafa regardless of it being male or female. Hummingbird is always el colibrí regardless of it being male or female. On the other hand, for Spanish words like taxista, pianista, and dentista, the article will change according to the gender of the person in that occupation. For example, a male taxi driver would be el taxista while a female pianist would be la pianista.
  3. How do children benefit from learning a second language and why is it best to learn a second language as children?
    1. Higher levels of cognitive ability including memory
    2. Promotes development of brain tissue used for processing information
    3. Higher scores on standardized tests
    4. More advanced problem solving skills and improved ability to hypothesize in science
    5. Improved understanding of language structure and vocabulary
    6. If fluent as an adult, better career opportunities
    7. As children, their brains are most ready to learn languages.
    8. Starting early encourages best pronunciation of the foreign language.
    9. Before eight, 80% of neurological development occurs...the more a young child learns, the more intelligent he or she will be as an adult.
    10. Learning a second language actually helps learning of the native language because it helps with the learning of vocabulary and the understanding what language is.
    11. Improved grammar and word recognition
    12. Develop a more positive attitude toward the second language and/or the people who speak that language.
  4. Who is the better dancer—Frank or Paco?
    We ’ll let you decide that one. We have to work with these two.