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Funny Phonemes — Slang Fest!

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Slang and funny icons teach language sounds to older kids.

App iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android Free to try Education
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Silly icons and slang words lighten up an otherwise dry topic but make this app more appropriate for older kids and grown-ups. Funny Phonemes - Slang Fest! is not meant for young kids learning to read, but provides age-appropriate practice for older kids, which can be hard to find. Given that, anyone in the middle childhood/adolescent range and older who, for whatever reason, needs to work on learning English language phonemes, will likely get a kick out of the sense of humor in the phoneme icons and slang word dictionary. Slang words get concise, clear, and sometimes humorous definitions in the dictionary. A few game choices gives kids practice hearing phoneme sounds, seeing them, and fitting them into words. Lots of customization options give users a lot of control over the user experience. Other than collecting points, there's no journey to complete, leveling to progress through, or goal to achieve, so it feels more like phoneme practice tasks than a game. That said, it's a solid and engaging tool to help older kids learn the building blocks of language.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: phonics, reading, vocabulary
  • Skills: Self-Direction: academic development
  • Pricing structure: Free to try ($3.99 in-app purchase gets rid of ads and unlocks customization options)
  • Release date: September 22, 2018
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Gregory McDonald
  • Version: 1.0.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.0.3
  • Last updated: October 12, 2018

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