Learn to Speak Spanish With MosaLingua

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Learn language via fancy flash cards, frequent practice.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn useful words and phrases in Spanish through consistent, frequent practice. Vocabulary is presented in flash card form and in context through sample dialogue. Practice lets kids interact with Spanish in a number of ways including listening, speaking, and reading. Kids can customize what they do, and progress is saved and new material presented accordingly. Learning is mostly self-directed and requires a real commitment to practicing the material. 

Ease of Play

Though there's an introductory tutorial and a help button, there's a lot of material and ways to interact with the app. It can take some time to get familiar with how to navigate.


Some of the vocabulary available to learn is about relationships with mildly sexual content such as "Can I kiss you?"

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some references to drinking beer, cigarettes, or drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Learn to Speak Spanish With MosaLingua claims to teach Spanish with only five to 10 minutes of practice per day. The developers claim that their approach is based on research on how memory works and asks users to review material at strategic times throughout the day. Users choose their starting point based on their level of proficiency with Spanish and then move forward with customized collections of flash cards. The app is available in English, French, Italian, Portuguese, or German as base languages. Users provide an email address to create a personalized account and must grant permission to send push notifications for review reminders. With lots of text and dialogue representing situations most relevant for a 20-something crowd, it's best for teens and young adults. Parents can check out the free version first to make sure it's a good fit. 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?

Practice common words and phrases in short, regularly scheduled flash card review sessions with LEARN TO SPEAK SPANISH WITH MOSALINGUA. After choosing a starting level, read and hear new material in small batches on digital flash cards. Then, practice writing the words by memory, record and listen to yourself saying them, and evaluate how well you remember them. That material is then presented again at strategic intervals throughout the day for quick, repeated review. Though progress is automated based on performance, there are also many options for customization. 

Is it any good?

Language learners embark on an automatically personalized, yet customizable, journey to proficiency. Learn to Speak Spanish With MosaLingua presents relevant, high-interest, practical vocabulary and phrases in multiple modalities: read, hear, say, spell, and recall. The 360-degree approach extends beyond the app, too, with blogs, videos, and more. In fact there's so much, both in the app and on the web, that it can be unwieldy to navigate it all. What's more, the app's support material is a bit text-heavy and may not appeal to all learners. Though it's unclear how valid the scientific claims about the strategically timed review notifications are, it certainly can't hurt to practice in short, consistent, and frequent sessions. For those who take the time to learn the ropes of the app's features, make a commitment to following the program, and are motivated to combine the app with additional offscreen practice opportunities, it has the potential to be a powerful tool.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the new words and phrases introduced in Learn to Speak Spanish With MosaLingua. Learn and practice together with your kids to give both of you plenty of opportunities to use your new language.

  • Help your kids surround themselves with Spanish in as many ways as possible. See movies, read books, go to cultural events, visit Spanish-speaking countries, and more.

App details

  • Device: Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, naming, speaking, vocabulary
    Social Studies: cultural understanding
  • Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals, initiative, personal growth
  • Price: $4.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: August 8, 2016
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 42.70 MB
  • Publisher: MosaCrea Limited
  • Version: 8.5
  • Minimum software requirements: Android varies with device
  • Last updated: March 16, 2020

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