Learn Spanish (Hello-Hello)

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Learn conversational Spanish via eight ways in 30 lessons.

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

Educational Value

Speak, write, read, and listen to Spanish vocabulary and phrases in 30 brief lessons.

Ease of Play

Easy to use, although some of the phrases are spoken quite quickly, and it may be easy for some users to get stuck on an exercise without the help of hints. 

Violence
Sex

References to dating.

Language
Consumerism

Unless you purchase the full $19.99 course, every lesson after the first is $0.99. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Images of characters holding champagne glasses.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Learn Spanish (Hello-Hello) is a 30-lesson conversational Spanish learning app. Lessons feature an animated video of an everyday conversation between three adult characters -- greeting friends, shopping, ordering at a restaurant -- and then reinforces the phrases used in the video through spoken, written, reading, and listening exercises. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages helped create Learn Spanish (Hello-Hello) with proficiency guidelines "used in all major colleges and universities in the U.S.," according to the developer. The first lesson is free; each additional lesson costs $0.99, or $19.99 for the entire program. There's also a Word of the Day feature for which you can set a daily time to automatically receive a vocabulary word on your device. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To use LEARN SPANISH (HELLO-HELLO), first choose your native language and start Lesson 1. Read what you're going to learn in that lesson. After you watch the video with animated characters having a conversation, go to the reinforcement page where you listen to a phrase spoken in Spanish, speak it yourself, then write and check it. Next you'll read it, listen again, and build related vocabulary. Outside of the lessons, you can also set up the Word of the Day notification to learn a new word at the same time each day. Once you complete all eight steps in a lesson, move onto the next lesson by paying $0.99 per lesson or $19.99 for the full 30-lesson course. 

Is it any good?

This app takes a thorough and fun approach to learning Spanish. The multi-step method on Learn Spanish (Hello-Hello) requires the app user to speak, write, listen to, and read the animated lesson. This is terrific reinforcement, and it also plays to users' various learning styles. Because the animated characters are adults, a few of the conversations and scenes take on a more adult tone -- dating suggestions, champagne glass in hand -- but the app is still appropriate for teens. It'll be especially fun for teens and adults who already have at least a bit of Spanish vocabulary knowledge, although it's not a necessity. Some of the spelling segments can be difficult, and users will need to switch to the Spanish keyboard on their device to access Spanish letters (accent marks, tildes). For teens and adults who want a systematic approach to learning Spanish, Learn Spanish (Hello-Hello) is a solid option.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the most effective way to use Learn Spanish (Hello-Hello). Explain to your teens why it's important to consistently practice a language that they're learning.

  • If this app's approach isn't right for your kid, check out Common Sense Media's Apps That Help Kids Learn a New Language.

  • If you don't know Spanish, use this app, too, so you and your kid can practice conversations together.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, naming, speaking, vocabulary, writing
  • Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, work to achieve goals
    Communication: listening, multiple forms of expression, speaking
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to Try (in-app purchases $0.99 to $19.99 for courses or full content)
  • Release date: October 16, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 253.00 MB
  • Publisher: Hello-Hello
  • Version: 2.5
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later

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