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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.
- 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)
- 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
- Last updated: February 28, 2020
Our editors recommend
For kids who love learning new languages
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