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Beelinguapp: Language Learning

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Great idea needs better design; ads buzz, pay wall stings.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android Free to try Education
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This text and audio collection offers an innovative approach to language learning in a bulky package that doesn't quite make a smooth delivery. When it works, Beelinguapp: Language Learning's system can be great fun. Learning a new language feels natural when kids listen to native speaker narrators while they read along in their own language to help them understand what they're hearing. The highlighted text can help kids orient themselves in both the language they know and the language they're learning. And a variety of topics to read about makes the text feel relevant and interesting. In practice, though, there are quite a few things that just don't work well with Beelinguapp: Language Learning. For instance, sometimes the translations are off or just plain wrong. And because sentence structure isn't the same across all languages, the rolling highlighting sometimes actually confuses more than it helps when the parts of the translated sentence are in a completely different order. The stories and songs have real people reading or singing, but the news stories have computer-generated audio which doesn't always sound great. Navigation through the app feels clunky at times, and the pay structure all but guarantees that kids can't use the app without constantly running into a pay wall. And finally, technical issues, such as screen freezes, sometimes interfere making it difficult to move around the app smoothly.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android
  • Skills: Self-Direction : achieving goals, initiative, personal growth
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (Thirty-minute free trial then subscription for premium features range from $3.99/mo. to $17.99/year; $4.99 to remove ads)
  • Release date: September 13, 2019
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Beelinguapp UG
  • Version: 1.536
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.2 and up
  • Last updated: September 20, 2019

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