Rosetta Stone Kids Lingo Letter Sounds - English Reading and Spanish Speaking

Common Sense Media says

Fun intro to basic Spanish and initial sound recognition

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Navigation is clear, and gameplay is explained throughout. Kids must tap, tap and drag, and speak loudly enough for the microphone to register their voices.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

A microphone in the Spanish-language games records kids voices, but the data doesn't seem to be saved, and it's not accessible. Adults must answer a multiplication question to access the parents' section, which features progress information, game settings, and game information.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Rosetta Stone Kids Lingo Letter Sounds - English Reading and Spanish Speaking helps kids explore letter sounds and basic Spanish vocabulary. Kids interact with cute animated blobs called Lingos as they identify the beginning letter of English words and see, hear, and speak a few Spanish words and phrases. For the Spanish games, a microphone and speech-recognition software lets kids practice speaking a little Spanish. Parents can provide an email address to get information about leveling and their child’s progress. Settings and additional parent information are accessible to those who can solve simple multiplication equations.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • phonics
  • speaking

Skills

Communication

  • listening
  • speaking

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The Lingos are charming, especially when they dance and giggle, and will certainly appeal to kids. Design is simple, clean, and appealing.

Learning Approach

In one game, kids match toys to their beginning letters in English. In another, they learn to speak some Spanish words. Learning is integrated into the design of the game; however, content is limited, as is the potential for deeper learning.

Support

Games are clearly explained. Adults who provide an email address can see a basic progress report, although kids have no idea which level they're working on. Learning extensions would provide deeper learning potential.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • phonics
  • speaking

Skills

Communication

  • listening
  • speaking

Kids can learn to identify the beginning letter and letter sound of simple English words and to speak some basic Spanish. They will experience a few rhyming words and see both upper- and lowercase letters. In the Spanish game, kids practice saying some Spanish words and phrases. They also listen to spoken Spanish and may learn to speak and understand some new words. Relating the two sections, by using the same words, for example, would provide a much stronger learning experience. Both sections of Rosetta Stone Kids are fun and engaging, but the app lacks depth and cohesiveness.

This Learning Rating review was written by Mieke VanderBorght

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What's it about?

On three levels of the English-reading portion of ROSETTA STONE KIDS, kids collect toys by choosing which of three toys starts with the letter trapped in a floating bubble. For the Spanish games, kids listen to a narrator introduce a suite of related words (for example, salta, salta rapido, salta alto, or jump, jump fast, jump high). Kids must repeat the word(s) to get the Lingo to do the requested action (for example, mas alto or jump higher). The amount of Spanish kids hear and say during the game increases as their pronunciation improves.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Rosetta Stone Kids is a charming game, and kids likely will be excited to interact with the cute Lingos. The most unique aspect of the app is the voice-recognition software that allows kids to practice speaking Spanish as they watch the Lingos react to their Spanish directions. As kids play the same games over and over, they hear the narrator speak progressively more Spanish, which is an effective way to expose them gently to Spanish vocabulary. Unfortunately, only three word categories (baila, lanza, and salta) are included, so learning potential is limited.

The English-reading portion of the app is cute but also limited in its learning potential. Popping bubbles by matching toys with their beginning letters will appeal to kids, but in three levels there aren't many changes in terms of difficulty. On Level 2, all the toy choices rhyme, but there's no exploration of the concept.

The two games are entirely unrelated; something to tie the English game to the Spanish game would make for a more cohesive learning experience. 

Families can talk about...

  • Learn the Spanish words with your child and use them in day-to-day interactions, when relevant.

  • Make sure the settings are right for your child.

  • Talk about rhyming words and point out what makes them the same (the ending sound) and what makes them different (the beginning letter).

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:September 17, 2013
Category:Education
Topics:Numbers and letters
Size:144.00 MB
Publisher:Rosetta Stone Ltd.
Version:0.8.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 6.0 or later

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