Learn English for Toddlers and Kids

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Basic intro to English vocab is accessible but uninspiring.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn how to say common words in English. They'll see a picture of the word and hear its English name and then practice matching the pictures to names from memory. Kids may end up remembering the new words, but the app's dry approach may cause some kids to quit.

Ease of Play

Kids easily tap their way through new vocabulary and simple memory games.

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Much of the content in the free download is locked and requires in-app purchases to access.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Learn English for Toddlers and Kids introduces kids to common English words and tests their learning with basic memory games. The free download includes all sets of vocabulary words and one set of memory games. The rest of the content is available through differing levels of in-app purchases. Parents can choose to set the app's written and audio instructions in one of 16 languages including English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, and Tagalog. Users can also choose to hear the English words in an American accent or a British accent. In the parents' section, parents can turn off the background music and block access to in-app purchases. To learn more about the type of information the app collects and shares, read the privacy policy.

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What's it about?

LEARN ENGLISH FOR TODDLERS AND KIDS presents common English words in 10 categories such as animals, colors, and the body. Kids begin by swiping through all the new words in a given category. The narrator says each word aloud as kids look at a picture of what the word means. Then kids test their memory with a multiple-choice quiz and a classic game of memory; with each match, the narrator says the vocabulary word aloud. The games get more challenging as kids answer correctly.

Is it any good?

Fun graphics and clear audio nicely present new vocabulary, but the dry, repetitive format lacks inspiration. With 16 native language choices, and the option to choose between American and British accents, Learn English for Toddlers and Kids lends itself to the needs of many different families. Also the overall presentation is very kid-friendly with simple navigation, positive encouragement, and cute visuals. Yet the app's approach to introducing vocabulary feels like just a fancy digital version of static flash cards that could just as easily be on paper. It's nice that the memory games adapt to kids' performances, but neither the games themselves nor the way they get more challenging is all that exciting. Learn English for Toddlers and Kids has some things going for it, but it needs work to be a truly stellar language-learning app for little kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the words included in Learn English for Toddlers and Kids. Encourage kids to repeat the words out loud, and use them regularly in everyday interactions.

  • Find ways to expose your kids to English beyond speaking. Sing songs and recite nursery rhymes in English together with your kids, and find simple books that help kids practice new vocabulary.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, naming, vocabulary
  • Skills: Self-Direction: personal growth
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free to Try (full content unlocked for $.99 - $2.99)
  • Release date: September 16, 2016
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 57.00 MB
  • Publisher: Papumba
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up

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