LikeSo

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Speech tool tracks likes, totallys, and whatevers, ya know?

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Educational Value

Kids can learn how to raise self-awareness of habitual speech patterns through using LikeSo, but they'll have to take the app's analysis into daily conversations to change their speech habits for the better.

Ease of Play

Easy to use; simple instructions and controls.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that LikeSo is a speech-analysis tool that helps tweens and teens become aware of how often they use 14 filler words such as "like," "actually," "OK," and "just." The app also analyzes user speech for optimal pacing. Labeled as "Your Personal Speech Coach," LikeSo includes two games: TalkAbout and FreeStyle. TalkAbout includes 11 categories, including Pop Culture Favorites and Debate Team. FreeStyle allows users to practice a speech, focus on a preferred topic, or just talk about whatever they want. As the user talks, the app records how many times he or she says the filler words and tracks the pace. At the end, LikeSo compiles a detailed report that can be saved and compared to future sessions. At the time of this review, there was no privacy policy posted for this app.

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Adult Written byHarding S September 3, 2018

Worth less

Another over thought idea by some guy who thinks he is smart.

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What's it about?

First choose from LIKESO's two games: TalkAbout or FreeStyle. For TalkAbout, select a topic, the amount of time to talk per prompt (30 or 60 seconds), and tap from a list of words you want to "train against." Start talking based on the question or comment that appears. You can also pause time or pass that prompt for another one. Once you complete the prompts, examine your report. For FreeStyle, tap the amount of time to talk (one, two, five, or 30 minutes) and the words to train against, and then start talking. Once you're done, view the results, including analysis of the session. You can also view the history of the results to compare from different sessions. 

Is it any good?

This app feels like a game, but underlying the chatty fun is a serious purpose: to help improve formal speaking skills. By drawing awareness to the common filler words tweens and teens use, LikeSo sheds light on how distracting repeated use of those words can become to both the listener and the speaker. Filler words may be OK during casual conversations with friends, but for tweens and teens who become habituated to repeatedly saying words such as "like" and "right?" throughout conversation, it can make speaking clearly during presentations and interviews difficult. 

There are two downsides to this otherwise fantastic app: One, it may be too easy during the planned games for users to self-monitor their speech and avoid their usual fillers (except, perhaps, during the 30-minute session), which isn't exactly a bad thing but might not translate to formal speaking without some support. Two, LikeSo doesn't include tips to improve speech, which could be an especially useful addition to the app. At the time of this review, there's a blog on the app's companion website that offers more information, but more skill integration might help transfer the skills to actual speaking assignments.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why using LikeSo may help your tween or teen express themselves more effectively. Why is it important to speak clearly and in ways that don't distract (or annoy) your audience?

  • Ask your kids what they think about filler words. Do they notice when their friends or classmates (or teachers, or parents) use them?

  • Talk about some ways to break bothersome habitual patterns, including habits of speech. If awareness comes first (and LikeSo helps with that), then what comes next to create change?

App details

For kids who love presentation and homework help apps

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