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Mondly: Learn 33 Languages

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Lots of custom categories, cool features; best for practice.

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Educational Value

Kids can practice a foreign language and learn to both read and pronounce vocabulary words. 

Ease of Play

Kids will have little trouble navigating the experience. Occasional snags with the voice recognition.

Violence
Sex

Occasional references to romance, dating in vocabulary. 

Language
Consumerism

In-app purchase with no parental approval required.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References to alcoholic beverages like wine and beer.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mondly: Learn 33 Languages is a subscription-based language learning experience.The subscription is an in-app purchase that requires no parental approval, so those parents who let kids download as a free app will want to be be wary. Content is fairly standard for a language course geared toward adults; expect references to wine and beer, dating and kissing, etc. 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?

MONDLY: LEARN 33 LANGUAGES is a language learning app with a wide range of features. There's some free content, but a subscription is required for the full experience. In the main body of the app, there are groups of lessons revolving around categories, such as sports, school, entertainment, and shopping. Each one has a number of lessons with a set of vocabulary words. There are also daily lessons and weekly quizzes. For those who are learning a language for work, there are specialized courses for various professions, like a hotel receptionist, healthcare professional, or flight attendant. In addition to on-screen activities, there's a chat bot that allows students to verbally practice what they have learned in a conversational way. The lessons seem to be consistent across languages so it's the same experience whether you're learning Spanish or Japanese, but languages which don't use a Roman alphabet do offer the option of using their alphabet, or a Romanized spelling. Mondly: Learn 33 Languages maintains statistics around vocabulary learned, days practiced, progress, etc. A leaderboard shows how kids rank against other users. For something out of the ordinary, Mondly: Learn 33 Languages offers augmented reality activities where kids can see various objects as if they are in the same room as they learn new vocabulary; that feature includes categories like animals and musical instruments. 

Is it any good?

This is an excellent resource for those who are already studying a foreign language and want some extra practice opportunities. Mondly: Learn 33 Languages has a lot packed into a tidy package. There's a sort of predictability in the lessons that may serve as comforting or tedious, depending on your personality. But everything works as you'd expect and you won't end up struggling because the interface has thrown you off. The vocabulary in the lessons covers a wide range of topics, all of which are relevant whether you're traveling or communicating with a co-worker. While there are a handful of grammar lessons, there isn't a lot of in-depth coverage on things like sentence structure, verb conjugations, etc., making the app more effective if paired with a more formal language class. If you're new to a language, it's easy to quickly find yourself in over your head. The toggle to allow for Roman-alphabet or the native alphabet is very helpful, especially for advanced students who have the vocabulary, but need to practice their reading skills. But once again, Mondly: Learn 33 Languages does cover the alphabets so it will be nearly impossible to pick those up without some external support. All of the quizzes, statistic, and leaderboards will appeal to those who like a bit of gamification in their learning and can easily be ignored by those who don't. Likewise, the augmented reality is a fun gimmick, but doesn't add a lot to the language learning process.  Mondly: Learn 33 Languages is a polished entry to the language-learning world and is a wonderful tool for practicing what you've already learned and picking up some new vocabulary along the way. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about learning a foreign language using Mondly: Learn 33 Languages or another resource. Why would you want to learn another language? What are some ways you can make it easier to remember vocabulary?

  • Discuss in-app purchases and how/if kids can request purchases from an adult. What are the family rules?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, reading, vocabulary
  • Skills: Communication: multiple forms of expression
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try ($9.99/month; $47.99/year)
  • Release date: March 18, 2019
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 355.60 MB
  • Publisher: ATi Studios
  • Version: 7.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later; Android varies with device

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