Little Pim Spanish

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Liz Panarelli, Common Sense Media
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PBS's Pim uses touch-screen games to teach Spanish phrases.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn basic Spanish vocabulary including nouns, verbs, and phrases. Kids see an image along with the written word while hearing Pim say it clearly a few times. Then Pim takes kids through two activities where they have to choose the picture that matches what he says. More challenging levels with different types of activities would provide deeper learning opportunities for kids. And it would be nice if the app provided a little more data to help parents monitor kids' learning. Overall, Little Pim Spanish is a great introduction to Spanish, giving little ones a fun, immersive language learning experience.

Ease of Play

With just a few exceptions, Little Pim talks the player through every step of this game. Detailed instructions and a full list and translation of the 54 words and phrases are also included in a menu off the main screen.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Little Pim Spanish is an app adaptation of the popular DVD series that helps kids learn 54 Spanish words and phrases related to waking up, eating and drinking, and playtime. For each of these three categories, there are three levels of simple games: kids learn nouns in the first level, verbs in the second, and short phrases with nouns and verbs in the third. The terms are taught using pictures, written words, verbal cues, and sometimes animations, all with liberal praise from Pim. Each game involves selecting a picture to match the written or spoken word or complete the phrase. The picture must be selected three times for reinforcement before progressing to the next game or level. The games do not depend on reading, but they will be easier for kids who can recognize words and patterns.

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What's it about?

In LITTLE PIM SPANISH, kids choose from three topics, for example "Playtime," and work their way through three levels, learning nouns, verbs, and short phrases. For each word or phrase, there are two different activities in which kids have to choose a picture that matches or completes the word or phrase. Kids are exposed to each word and phrase several times during the activities. There are no penalties for incorrect answers.

Is it any good?

Little Pim Spanish is an excellent way for kids to get early exposure to Spanish and develop a good vocabulary. The engaging games are simple but fun, with enough variety to keep kids stimulated and enough familiarity and repetition to facilitate learning. The progression from nouns to verbs to phrases allows kids to learn words in relation to one another, and the pictures put the words in context. The pictures also help develop pattern recognition, particularly for the combination of words into phrases. All the while, Little Pim provides ample encouragement and praise. ¡Muy divertido!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Ask your kids to translate the words and phrases Little Pim teaches them and provide guidance if they are misinterpreting the images.

  • Help your kids learn the Spanish words for objects in their environment by labeling objects in your home. Even if you don't know Spanish yourself, this can be a way for you to learn together!

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For kids who love learning about the world

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