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Spanish SOLO: Learn Spanish

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Interactive language lessons with purchases, some crashing.

App iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Free to try Education
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The practice, storyline, and conversation exercises are great tools for practicing comprehension as well as vocabulary and pronunciation, but purchases and crashing damage the experience. Spanish SOLO: Learn Spanish has a lot of interactive elements, so you're not doing the same activities all the time. The addition of the voice recognition is fun, and a great way to push kids to practice speaking, but it's hit or miss, and they risk losing stars (and SOLOs) if it mishears what they say. The content is definitely geared toward tweens, both in terms of vocabulary and the topics being discussed. Several of the conversations revolve around dating, which younger kids may not find appealing. The SOLO currency seems like an opportunity to save some money on additional lessons, but grinding to get enough SOLOs for the next lesson may turn some kids off entirely. The app also has a habit of crashing on certain lessons. But, for those who are of the target age and who don't mind paying a bit for their Spanish lessons, it will likely be an engaging way to get started on a new language.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, reading, speaking, Social Studies: cultural understanding
  • Skills: Self-Direction: work to achieve goals, Communication: listening, speaking
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (First few lessons are free. Additional lessons can be purchased with "SOLOs." These are earned for completing lessons and are also available via in-app purchases $4.99-$19.99)
  • Release date: December 12, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Distant Tribe LLC
  • Version: 2.7
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later
  • Last updated: February 4, 2019

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