A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn new words in new languages. Through repetition, kids hear words multiple times in multiple contexts. Videos allows kids to also watch mouth and facial movements as native speakers say the new vocabulary words.
Ease of Play
It's easy to tap around the screen and be introduced to new words. Games appear automatically and play is straightforward.
Products & Purchases
The free download includes limited content. To access locked levels, parents must make in-app purchases.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
As vocabulary apps go, this collection of multilingual high-use words is versatile and appealing even though it's also limited in what it can do. Little Chatterbox for Kids has some nice features, including colorful and whimsical graphics, and high flexibility in that it can fully function with any of the eight available languages set either as a base or as the language to learn. The videos of kids who are native speakers saying each word are also a nice touch that allows learners to not only hear the word, but also watch it being said. On the other hand, the potential for teaching kids a new language with Little Chatterbox for Kids is limited, just as it is for any app that focuses solely on introducing isolated vocabulary words. Without context, using words in sentences, or being asked to produce language themselves, kids can only go so far in learning a new language. Similarly, despite the handful of games, the learning experience is rather passive, as kids watch and listen to new words again and again. And there's not much variety in game type, so kids end up playing the same games over and over. All in all, in small regular doses, Little Chatterbox for Kids could be a nice option for a small part of what it takes to learn a new language.
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