JumpStart Languages is an Early Discovery JumpStart game released by Knowledge Adventure in 2001. It is designed to teach French, Spanish, and Japanese for ages 3-6. It also teaches about the cultures of the United States of America, France, Mexico, and Japan.
It was also released with Chick-fil-A Kids' Meals as part of a promotion for a limited time.
The game takes place in the JumpStart Worlds Fair. There are four pavilions for the languages English, French, Spanish, and Japanese, each hosted by one recurring JumpStart character and one character created specifically for the game. In each pavilion, activities can be played in order to earn "globe pieces". There's a central building hosted by CJ and Edison in which you can access printable activities and crafts, as well as access short clips called "Video Voyages" that may be "bought" every time the player earns four globe pieces.
Each of the four languages pavilions has its own version of each activity:
- Kitchen Hide-n-Seek Game - Find the hidden flag by clicking on the items around the kitchen.
- Outdoor Adventure Game - Two players compete to win in a board game styled activity. The player whose piece reaches the end of the path first wins. The player always gets a globe piece whether he or she wins or not.
- Puppets of the World Game - Help dress up puppets for the Puppets of the World Show.
- Listen and Learn Story Maker - Read stories and select different items to appear in each story.
- Decoration Coloring - Help decorate the Language Pavilion by coloring different objects.
- Telephone Number Fun - Try to memorize and repeat the sequence of numbers.
- English Pavilion: Frankie, Roxy
- Spanish Pavilion: Hopsalot, Serafina
- Japanese Pavilion: Kisha, Hiroshi
- French Pavilion: Pierre, Chloe
- JumpStart Languages Theme Song (EN)
- Body Song (From Puppets of the World Activity) (Multilanguage)
- Oh, Susanna! (EN)
- I've Been Working on the Railroad (US)
- De Colores (ES)
- Tengo una Muñeca (ES)
- Sakura Sakura (JP)
- Snow Song (JP)
- Au Clair de la Lune (FR)
- Frère Jacques (FR)
- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (Multilanguage)
Re-releases / Bundles
JumpStart Languages was re-released as JumpStart Advanced Language Club as part of a JumpStart Advanced Preschool bundle.
It was also released with Chick-fil-A Kids' Meals as part of a limited-time promotion.
- In every Pavilion, the "Decoration Coloring" and "Puppets of the World" activities share one kind of background music, and the "Kitchen Hide-n-Seek" and "Outdoor Adventure" games share another.
- The promotional Chick-fil-a release of the game contained a free trial to the then new JumpStart World.
- In the French, Spanish, and Japanese Pavilions, the English characters will translate what the other character originally said in their language.
- In the English Pavilion Frankie will say the same thing that Roxy says.
- Both of the Spanish Pavilion's radio's songs first appeared in JumpStart Spanish.
- All four countries' flags involve white and red as at least two of the colors. Of those four, only the United States and France involve blue on their flags, while Mexico involves green on its. Of all the flags, only Mexico also has a picture of something on its flag (an eagle for its case), and only Japan doesn't have any straight parts inside its.
- In the main menu, all of the Pavilions have windows (out which those of the language buddies who are female peek out through when either introducing themselves to a new player or when the cursor is moved to either of those Pavilions) except the Japanese one (so instead, the only male peeks out through the front door under the same circumstances).
- In the main menu that shows all the Pavilions and Expo hall, Frankie is shown without a vest, but earlier in the intro, and when the player enters the English Pavilion, he has his vest on.
- In the French Pavilion, when the "Story Making" activity is chosen, by clicking either Chloe or her book, her red skirt turns blue as she opens the book.
- When Chloe is dancing, her flag changes.
- In the "Puppets of the World Game" in the Japanese Pavilion, when the player selects Challenge Mode, when Kisha tells the player to click on Hiroshi to repeat his request, she instead says, "Click on Chloe to repeat her request." Grey DeLisle, the woman voicing Kisha in this game, might have unintentionally read Pierre's lines for those in the French one.
- In certain activities in the Spanish pavilion, there is an error in phrases for a Mexican sombrero. In the "Puppets of the World" game there, Serafina calls it just "sombrero." In the "Listen and Learn Story Maker," when selecting a hat for the Spanish version of "Little Red Riding Hood," however, she calls it "sombrero de Mariachi."
- In every pavilion, one piece of background music is shared between Decoration painting and the Puppets of the World game, and another is shared between the Kitchen Hide-n-Seek and Outdoor Adventure Games.
- ↑ Knowledge Adventure. “JumpStart Languages™” Software Prepares Young Children To Learn A Second Language. Archived on February 3, 2002. Retrieved on September 18, 2019.