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Early Lingo Spanish Language Learning for Kids

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Full-immersion approach has both hits and misses.

App iPad Free to try, Paid Education
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Though fully immersing kids in natural, high-interest settings is the best way to take advantage of their amazing ability to pick up languages, this digital approach may only partially fit the bill. Early Lingo Spanish Language Learning for Kids' video images are great and the vocabulary choices spot-on, and Jojo and Lulu are fun characters to follow -- all of which should easily capture kids' interest. Another plus is that it gets more complex as kids progress, and there's lots of repetition: They hear a new word several times, and then they start hearing it in short phrases, then sentences, and so on. That said, the video segments would be better with more continuity. As is, everything centers on a common theme, but one scene doesn't necessarily relate to the next. A broader context -- for example, tying everything together in a story -- would be a better imitation of how kids learn language in real life. And even with a few interactive multiple-choice games, the overall experience remains pretty passive, as kids mostly watch and listen. To really get kids going in learning a language, they need back-and-forth interactive participation supplemented with lots of real-life practice. Finally, the app's overall organization and navigation controls aren't always intuitive or complete. Overall, it's worth a try to see if the (relatively pricey) program is a good fit for your kid.

App Details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : letter or word recognition, naming, vocabulary
  • Skills: Self-Direction : personal growth
  • Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid (One adventure for free, additional adventures $8.99 each or $48.99 bundled. Videos $9.99 each or $54.99 bundled. Flashcards $3.99)
  • Release date: September 3, 2016
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Early Lingo
  • Version: 1.25
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
  • Last updated: September 26, 2016

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