A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids are introduced to lots of vocabulary in high-interest settings, but without context and interaction learning may not cement well.
Ease of Play
Though overall organization isn't crystal clear, watching videos and tapping around to complete the games is a piece of cake.
Products & Purchases
No ads, though most content is visible but locked until users make an in-app purchase. The app is part of a larger language learning program that includes DVD's, workbooks, and more for sale through the developer's website.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
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.
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