A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
What's it about?
DROPS: LEARN 31 NEW LANGUAGES uses visual representations and clear pronunciation to promote word-picture association as the method for learning new vocabulary, rather than relying on translation. Kids can choose from 31 different languages and will be able to explore practical words across various topics, such as sports and fitness, business and tech, travel and vehicles, and food and drinks. Each word is introduced through a picture, in written form, and through audio; kids get to see it and hear it. Written solutions in English sre avaiable for additional support. The free content allows kids to play for five minutes and then an in-app purchase is necessary to unlock additional time. Drops: Learn 31 new languages engages kids in language learning through a variety of word games that require them to match words to pictures, spell words, or determine if a word-picture representation is true or false. Games are swipe- and tap-based and following instructions is intuitive. The milestone tracker shows kids their progress along the newcomer, novice, tourist, and conversationalist phases of language acquisition. They can also access a list of all the words they have learned.
Is it any good?
This is an engaging and intuitive experience that allows kids to explore, practice, and learn vocabulary in a new language while having fun with a variety of word games. Although it may seem brief, the five minute limit makes it easier to incorporate learning a language into a daily routine while keeping the learning process fresh and fun. Drops: Learn 31 new languages is extremely easy to follow, and kids can enjoy the experience without the help of a grown-up. The introductory tutorial and the visual prompts back-up the intuitive directions, and the graphics are easy to understand, and the pronunciation of words is accurate. The word-picture association approach to learning is engaging and makes the process of learning new vocabulary enjoyable. The app incorporates action through different word games, and repetition, which are key in language learning. In addition to the fun and fast-paced word games, kids will find motivation through the milestone tracker, which highlights progress and allows them to see how the list of words learned grows with each session. The flexibility to switch languages at any point is another great feature. This may appeal to kids who are exploring the idea of learning a different language, but want to explore first. Although adds pop up, they aren’t overwhelming and don’t take away from the positive experience. The app would complement formal language classes and families may want to use it as a tool to reinforce what kids are learning in school. Overall, Drops: Learn 31 new languages is an exceptional educational app for learning vocabulary in a new language and can be enjoyed by kids, teens, and grown ups.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can work on applying vocabulary learned by playing Drops: Learn 31 new languages. Kids will need encouragement and opportunities to try out the words they are learning. Routines such as setting the table or making lunch can be an opportunity to practice. How do you say bread in French?
Talk about the benefits of learning a foreign language. How might learning a new language help you in school? How might it help you in the future?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: naming, reading, speaking, spelling, vocabulary
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, memorization
Self-Direction: academic development, achieving goals, initiative, personal growth, self-assessment, work to achieve goals
Communication: multiple forms of expression
- Pricing structure: Paid, Free (A Premium subscription adds unlimited playtime, removes ads, supports all languages, and has additional features. Subscription is $8.49 paid monthly or $5 per month paid yearly.)
- Release date: December 9, 2018
- Category: Education
- Size: 135.40 MB
- Publisher: PLANB LABS OU
- Version: 34.74
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
- Last updated: July 22, 2020
Our editors recommend
For kids who love learning new languages
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