Oh Noah!

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Learn Spanish along with title character, mistakes and all.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

Kids can learn basic Spanish words and phrases, as well as cultural sensitivity. Kids are introduced to vocabulary words that elementary school-age kids can relate to (including colors, playground equipment, animals) and common phrases ("I don't understand"/"no comprendo"). The mistakes-allowed approach that Oh Noah! incorporates in its storylines and games also conveys to kids the ability to learn through trial and error, as well as the importance of experimenting and patience while learning a new language. Oh Noah! provides a solid start in Spanish while building self-confidence.

Positive Messages

It's OK to make mistakes when learning Spanish. Noah's misunderstandings often lead to adventure.

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The PBS Kids Go! logo is the only brand found on this site.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Oh Noah! is a PBS-created learning website and web-only video series that teaches kids basic Spanish vocabulary in a relaxed, mistakes-allowed way. Noah is a 9-year-old boy visiting his grandma in a community where everyone but him speaks Spanish. He begins to learn the language through trial and error. Kids laugh with and learn from Noah's mistakes and his adventures that follow. The interactive videos, games, and activities on this site encourage kids to try new Spanish words along with Noah.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCymara23 May 25, 2012

Best Spanish teaching tool ever!

I thought it was great, my family is Spanish and my daughter visits with her grandmother that only speaks Spanish so she can relate to this show they don't... Continue reading
Adult Written byjomu7931 September 16, 2015

Oh Noah! Lost and Found Game

http://pbskids.org/noah/games/lostandfound/ This game is suitable for students in grades 3rd-6th Grade (8-11 years old). The game features the learning of a for... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old April 29, 2011

Fun for littler kids but boring for 10 and up!

My 5 year old bro goes around saying "me no comprende" lol its pretty funny once you hear it lol Highlights:Fun,Safe,Educational Down side:Nothing I... Continue reading

What's it about?

Short videos on the site humorously show kids how nine-year-old Noah's attempts at learning Spanish aren't perfect. When he uses the wrong word or misunderstands something someone else said or conveys by gesture, Noah is off on a misadventure. Related games on the site help kids practice Spanish vocabulary words and phrases, and parents and teachers can find suggested offline activities to support learning, too. Noah is an online amigo who’s helpful for both kids who are learning Spanish and for Spanish speakers who are learning English.

Is it any good?

The creative approach of Oh Noah! turns the typical teaching method for language learning on its head. Instead of the model -- in this instance, Noah -- knowing Spanish well enough to teach it, he's learning and making mistakes right along with all new-language learners. Better yet, Noah shows kids that learning language is about more than just memorizing words. He learns by body language, situational context, and trial and error. The simple but wise message of this interactive video and game site: Jump in and learn! Nobody's perfect when learning a new language.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why learning more than one language is beneficial. Does your child speak another language, or know anyone who speaks another language? Where could your child practice speaking another language with others?

  • Learn more about why using websites like Oh Noah! is an important complement to more traditional forms of education. Read Common Sense Media's Making the Case for Teaching with New Media.

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For kids who love to have fun learning online

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