MamaLingua Lite

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Monica Encarnacion, Common Sense Media
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Educational Value

Parents can use to learn Spanish and teach it to their young children. Vocabulary words and phrases includes text, phonetics and audio, and the app includes more than 900 everyday words and phrases divided into 18 categories. Includes both Spanish and English.

Ease of Play

Vocabulary and Phrases listed in alphabetical order; access at the bottom of the screen by category or view your favorite saved phrases and vocabulary words by tapping on Favorites. Simply tap on the play button to hear any word or phrase.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that MamaLingua Lite is an educational language reference app designed for parents who want to learn a second language as they teach it to their young kids. The app focuses on language parents use every day with their kids like vocabulary and phrases to use at mealtime, bath time, and during a long list of other everyday routines. Though it's meant to help parents facilitate language-learning, kids as young as five could probably navigate on their own. Parents can save practice words and phrases to a Favorites list so that these can be retrieved and used over and over to immerse kids in a new language. MamaLigua Lite provides 8 categories to choose from in Spanish or English. To access all 18 categories parents will need to purchase the Premium version of this educational app at a cost of $1.99.  Read the app's privacy policy to find about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

MAMALINGUA LITE includes 8 categories -- Bathing, Changing, Colors, Manners and Behaviors, Modes of Transportation, Numbers, and Sleeping. A limited list of everyday vocabulary words and phrases are listed in alphabetical order within each category. Each word or phrase includes the translation right below it. Tap the play button next to each to hear it read, or tap on it and select it to view more details, such as the translation and spelled out pronunciation. You can save words and phrases you use often and continue to practice them with your child. 

Is it any good?

In this language-learning system, parents will appreciate the focus on everyday language to pass along to their kids. With MamaLingua Lite parents can build language skills around one topic at a time. For example, the Bathing category includes words and phrases parents would normally use when giving their child a bath. The Manners and Behaviors categories also offer useful phrases like "behave yourself" and "it is his turn." The app is bilingual so Native Spanish speakers can learn and teach their kids English, too. What's especially nice is the focus on routines parents and kids usually do together so that the words make sense in context and families are using them often. For parents who want to encourage their kids to be bilingual and learn themselves, this app can help make it happen.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about everyday routines by naming activities and things in Spanish and English using MamaLingua Lite.

  • Take opportunities to use the language you're learning with your kid. Name the parts of the body in Spanish as you help your little one take a bath and use phrases in Spanish to ask them to do things such as close their eyes when washing their hair. 

  • Incorporate colors into your Spanish conversations and ask questions such as "Do you want a yellow banana?" or make statements such as "Look at the blue sky."

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: naming, speaking, vocabulary
  • Skills: Communication: asking questions, listening, speaking
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (premium version available for $1.99)
  • Release date: November 21, 2016
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 22.20 MB
  • Publisher: MamaLingua LLC
  • Version: 1.8
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up

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