Oh Noah!

Common Sense Media says

Learn Spanish along with title character, mistakes and all.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

PBS Kids site does not collect any personally identifiable information. Currently, there are no features that require kids to create an account for this site. There are no parental controls, but there's a good detailed explanation of the educational goals of Oh Noah! at the PBS Parents site.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • speaking
  • vocabulary

Social Studies

  • citizenship
  • cultural understanding

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • deduction
  • making conclusions
  • prediction

Communication

  • listening
  • multiple forms of expression
  • speaking

Responsibility & Ethics

  • embracing differences

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids learning a new language will immediately connect with Noah's challenges and amusing missteps.

Learning Approach

Funny animated videos, embedded games, printables, and extension activities for parents and teachers all introduce, build, and reinforce Spanish vocabulary, while helping kids learn to pick up contextual language clues.

Support

Excellent Oh Noah!-specific resources for parents and teachers are available through links to the PBS Parents and PBS Teachers websites.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • speaking
  • vocabulary

Social Studies

  • citizenship
  • cultural understanding

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • deduction
  • making conclusions
  • prediction

Communication

  • listening
  • multiple forms of expression
  • speaking

Responsibility & Ethics

  • embracing differences

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free

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  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 July 9, 2012
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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.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much consumerism
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Parent Written byCymara23 May 25, 2012
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

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 understand each other, my daughter doesn't want to learn Spanish everytime I teach her she gets bored and annoyed, so when she saw this show she thought it was super funny, and she knew a lot of words even though she doesn't want to speak it. I think this show is great because it can help me out with her trying to learn in a fun way. way better then Dora! They actually use Spanish correctly in sentences and words correctly which I love! My daughter loves this show now! She laughs so hard and she's learning at the same time which is a bonus for me! Definetly recommend 10 stars!
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 10 years old April 29, 2011
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

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 It's totally fine for kids 5-10 As for me i don't like it its just plain ANNOYING The only reason i put product tie in is because it also has a video game!
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