Kids learn languages: fun learning games by Mondly

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Solid intro to lots of languages

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn new vocabulary words from up to 30 languages. The learning model here relies on repetition. Through matching words over and over again to their pictures, kids should eventually start to remember some new vocabulary. Kids can enjoy learning the same words in multiple languages to see how they differ and may gain a bit of cultural awareness and mental flexibility.

Ease of Play

Swipe the screen to match the word to the picture. There are no audio directions, but it's so simple kids shouldn't have a problem figuring it out.

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Limited content is available in the free version. The rest of the app's content is visible but locked.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kids learn languages: fun learning games by Mondly is essentially a collection of digital flash cards of key vocabulary for 30 languages. In the settings menu, parents choose which language their kids know and which language they want their kids to learn. After the free trial parents need to pay for a subscription. Each lesson consists mostly of kids hearing the name of a vocabulary word in both their native language and the new language and them matching it to the correct picture. Parents can look at simple reports that show how much time kids have spent with the app and how many words they've covered. Parents also can sign up for an account with an email address or a social media account, but it's unclear what that adds to the experience. Read the developer's privacy policy to learn how your information is collected and shared.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJokeDude . March 19, 2018

We love this app!

Mondly kids is simple, fun and we actually learned a few words and sentences by playing together with my kid. Highly interactive and fun to play language learni... Continue reading
Adult Written byCristian B. March 12, 2018

My kid loves this app!

Highly helpful app for learning new languages, loads of useful and interactive information.
Kid, 7 years old March 12, 2018

The best language game!

This is cool and helpful!

What's it about?

KIDS LEARN LANGUAGES: FUN LEARNING GAMES BY MONDLY offers simple flash card games in 30 languages. Whether kids do the daily lesson or choose a topic area to explore, the game is the same: Hear a vocabulary word both in your native language and in the new language. Choose from four pictures or swipe up or down between two options to match the spoken word to its picture. Earn points for completing lessons. The free download allows parents to choose which language they want their kid to learn and includes one daily lesson and one category of flash cards.

Is it any good?

It's really neat to have access to so many languages in one simple-to-use package, but the focus on flash cards is just not that exciting. The graphics and overall visual approach is appealing, and the sentence-building activity can help kids see how the vocabulary they're learning becomes whole thoughts. Though repetition is an important element in learning a new language, the virtual flash card approach is primary and may not work for all kids. Also, the system for introducing flash cards seems odd: The narrator first says vocabulary words in your chosen native language, then in the language to learn. Kids could easily rely on that without really paying attention to the language they're learning. And, while there's audio, the flash card games are still surprisingly text-based for a prereading crowd. There's also a Conversation icon as an activity choice, but we weren't able to access at the time of review. Adding a way for kids to record themselves saying words aloud and comparing their pronunciation to the expert voices in the app would help add one more important dimension to language learning. Overall, it's a solid approach for motivated kids who are looking to learn another language.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about and use the new vocabulary words kids learn in Kids learn languages: fun learning games by Mondly. Help kids incorporate their new words into their daily lives.

  • Surround kids with the new language they're learning. Listen to songs, read books, and watch movies in the target language. Visit the country where that language is spoken or attend local cultural events, if possible.

  • Learn along with your kids to encourage their exploration and to become a partner to practice with.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to Try (unlock Spanish for $9.99/month or $47.99/year; unlock all 30 languages for $47.99/year)
  • Subscription price: $9.99/month to $47.99/year
  • Release date: May 4, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 82.90 MB
  • Publisher: ATi Studios
  • Version: 1.0.4
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later, Android 4.1 and up

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