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Little Chatterbox for Kids

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Great intro to vocab in multiple languages, but has limits.

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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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