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LookUp: English dictionary

App review by
Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media
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Comprehensive vocabulary-building tool with quizzes.

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Educational Value

Kids can build vocabulary, read the definition of words, hear pronunciations, and access synonyms and antonyms. Kids who want a more complete picture of words can read about their origin or read the embedded Wikipedia blurb. Some words are accompanied by illustrations associated with the definition that kids can analyze for deeper understanding. The app's translation feature also allows kids to see English words in other languages, including Spanish, Chinese, and German.    

Ease of Play

Simple to navigate. Can explore the word of the day, scroll through Discover section, or search. Liked words and words in collections will appear in quizzes and there's an option to add them to Siri recognition. 

Violence

The app is a digital dictionary and words may refer to or reflect violence. The pictures that supplement the definition might show violence depending on the term.  

Sex

The app is a digital dictionary and words may refer to or reflect sex or sexual topics. The pictures used to supplement the definition may also show mildly sexy images depending on the term. For example, a depiction on a naked woman appears under the word nudity.    

Language

Kids will be able to access the definitions of serious and mild curse words. 

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The app is a digital dictionary and terms may refer to or reflect alcohol consumption, smoking, or drug use. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that LookUp: English dictionary is a reference app that gives kids immediate access to word definitions, pronunciation, translation, and a thesaurus. The tool can be used to build or review vocabulary. The platform offers three main components: kids can browse through a collection of words, learn the word of the day, or search for specific terms to learn words' meanings, pronunciation, synonyms, antonyms, and origin. It also includes illustrations to support meaning making and an embedded Wikipedia blurb with additional information. It also offers a translation feature. Kids can choose from 18 language options including Spanish, German, Chinese, and Portuguese. The translation of the English words will automatically appear under the definition. Finally, kids can like words or organize them into collections, which can then be used to create tailored interactive quizzes to assess progress in vocabulary. LookUp: English dictionary is a paid app. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.  

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What's it about?

LOOKUP: ENGLISH DICTIONARY is comprehensive reference tool where kids can access definitions, a thesauraus, pronunciation, and information about words' origin. In addition to vocabulary development, the app also offers a translation feature. English words will automatically be translated into the desired language and appear under words' definitions. Language options include Chinese, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Romanian, Greek, Tatar, Tok Pisin, Indonesian, Malay, Turkmen, Tajik, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Northern Sotho, and Setswana. Kids can explore words under the Discover tab or can use the search field to find specific words. They have the option of liking words by tapping on the heart icon or, if the face recognition feature is turned on, they can smile at a word to like it. Words can be organized into collections. Quizzes offer an interactive way to learn and practice vocabulary. Kids can earn and collect trophies by performing well on quizzes. Users can also turn on Siri shortcuts to access word definitions with voice control.

Is it any good?

Kids will find this beautifully designed, comprehensive reference tool to be an easy to use and interactive vocabulary-building tool. The app's design is visually appealing and user friendly. There's no need for tutorials to figure out how to take full advantage of this tool. LookUp: English dictionary reinvents the idea of a pocket dictionary, making it easier to access definitions, synonyms, and antonyms. To give kids a more complete idea of each word, the app also offers information regarding each words' origin and information that appears in Wikipedia. Visual learners will enjoy the illustrations and/or photographs that represent each word. The verbalized pronunciation is another useful feature. The clear audio pronunciation takes the mystery out of how to say each word. People who speak more than one language or are learning English will love that a translation appears right below the definition. LookUp: English dictionary considers multiple ways kids make meaning or relate to information. The app also makes a great reading companion. Kids can easily look up words they don't know while reading and can organize them into collections based on book or topic. The quizzes are a fun, interactive way to practice vocabulary. Overall, LookUp: English dictionary is an awesome vocabulary learning platform; however, parents should be aware that kids will be able to access mature content depending on the words they search or choose to learn. In addition to definitions to curse words or mature language, kids may also see illustrations or photographs that depict artistic and/or realistic nudity, alcohol consumption, and other mature themes.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different ways the LookUp: English dictionary app can serve as a learning or study tool. It could be used as a reading companion in order to define key terms in books. Kids can make collections geared towards test preparation and can check their learning progress through quizzes. Families may find this tool useful in preparation for the ACT or SAT exams.  

  • Think of different ways to come together around word games. This tool is a way for families to up the ante in preparation word/vocabulary themed board games or game night activities. 

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