Kids will enjoy learning a new language through this simple, yet engaging platform; however, it's not a comprehensive language tool since the emphasis is on vocabulary. The app's interface is clean, appealing, and user friendly. It's easy to navigate, with written prompts guiding kids through each stage of the game. The pronunciation of each word is clear and slows down if users tap on the sound button more than twice, adapting to ensure kids are hearing all sounds that make up each word. The word games used to reinforce and practice vocabulary are repetitive, which guarantees that the focus is on learning the words rather than figuring out a new game each round. Ling: English & 11 languages also empowers kids by giving them ownership over what they'll learn. Kids can choose topics and can also determine the number of words that appear in each lesson. The app suggests that kids focus on five words per day, which makes the app manageable enough to be part of a daily learning routine. It also gives users the flexibility to reduce or increase the number of words that appear in each lesson, which allows kids to learn at their own pace. Kids even have ownership of the words that appear in each lesson, since they get to preview a collection before approving the ones they want to focus on.
The platform offers a significant number of topics that will appeal to different interests or needs. The range of topics represents simple, everyday words, such as colors and words used in daily routines, as well as vocabulary that is more complex and situational. Although the job-related vocabulary may be more useful for grownups, there are plenty of other topics that will appeal to kids. Ling: English & 11 languages is a fun tool to explore new languages and learn new words, especially since the app allows users to switch target languages at any time. Since the emphasis is on vocabulary and words in isolation, it isn't a tool for comprehensive language learning. Kids will learn how to say and spell words, but not necessarily how to use those words in context or express complete ideas in another language. Considering that it's not an immersive experience, the subscription price is pretty steep, but the free trial will help you know if it's worth it.