Learn Spanish with Pili Pop Espanol: Language learning methods for kids

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Build basic Spanish vocabulary, pronunciation; hefty price.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn Spanish vocabulary words, practice pronouncing the words by using their device's microphone, and play back their recorded voice to self-assess. 

Ease of Play

Generally easy to play, although there are no written or verbal instructions in English, so some trial and error may be necessary.

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Consumerism

Two themes are free, and all the other themes are available by subscription only. No third-party advertisers.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Learn Spanish with Pili Pop Espanol: Language learning methods for kids is a beginning Spanish-vocabulary learning app. It requires a monthly subscription to play anything beyond two free "themes." Monthly subscriptions range from $9.99/mo. to $59.99/year. Each theme includes a character, and there's a new character added monthly. Characters appear in videos, each associated with a certain set of vocabulary words including those for colors, animals, and numbers. Four games then reinforce those vocabulary words through memory, matching, and speaking games. Kids get puzzle pieces for portions of games completed. A monthly progress report is available for parents. 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?

First create a parent account for LEARN SPANISH WITH PILI POP ESPANOL: LANGUAGE LEARNING METHODS FOR KIDS, then tap play. Your kid chooses an icon and types his or her name. Then they choose a character to watch on a video and play one of three games or record themselves speaking Spanish with the device's microphone. Games include various, but simple, methods of play: Tapping cards to flip for a matching game, moving a line to connect a ship to a treasure chest with the correct numeral, moving a character from side to side as she catches fruit. Visit the Galeria de Fotos to see the puzzle pieces you've won add to puzzles with images of the app's characters.

Is it any good?

If you're looking for a subscription-based app to introduce Spanish words to your kid, this is a good option. For subscribers, Learn Spanish with Pili Pop Espanol: Language learning methods for kids offers kid-friendly vocabulary word groups that introduce kids to common words they'll be able to practice in everyday life. Many kids will also love to hear themselves repeat the words they've just learned into the device's microphone so they can hear how closely their own pronunciation matches the practice voice. On the downside, some of the games require players to continue to play a full 90 seconds before they can earn the stars and move on, which may not seem like a long time but can be tedious for kids, especially when the game itself involves a lot of repetition. Still, for parents who want a Spanish app their kids can use for a few minutes daily and can use to experience new learning content each month, this app may be worth the significant subscription price.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Pili Pop Espanol: Language learning methods for kids includes a game in which kids speak into a microphone to enable them to hear themselves speak Spanish. Why is it important to try to speak the words in the same way you hear them spoken?

  • Talk about the different groups of vocabulary words. Ask your kid: What other colors would you like to add to the colors group? What about the animals list? Then look them up via Google Translate or another language-translation source and add them to your kid's repertoire.

  • Discuss the importance of consistently practicing a new language every day. Why do we need to practice?

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