WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
To get started with Little Chatterbox for Kids, set the native language and the language to be learned. Then, hand off to kids to tap around the screen showing a variety of scenes such as at school, the human body, farm animals, and family members. When kids tap on an item, a window pops up showing a video of a native speaker kid naming the item in, the learner's native language and the to-be-learned language. Interspersed throughout this free play there are activities in which kids interact with the vocabulary words through multiple choice and matching games. There are 300 vocabulary words in all.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
As vocabulary apps go, this collection of multilingual high-use words is versatile and appealing even though it's also limited in what it can do. Little Chatterbox for Kids has some nice features, including colorful and whimsical graphics, and high flexibility in that it can fully function with any of the eight available languages set either as a base or as the language to learn. The videos of kids who are native speakers saying each word are also a nice touch that allows learners to not only hear the word, but also watch it being said. On the other hand, the potential for teaching kids a new language with Little Chatterbox for Kids is limited, just as it is for any app that focuses solely on introducing isolated vocabulary words. Without context, using words in sentences, or being asked to produce language themselves, kids can only go so far in learning a new language. Similarly, despite the handful of games, the learning experience is rather passive as kids watch and listen to new words again and again. And there's not much variety in game type, so kids end up playing the same games over and over. All in all, in small regular doses, Little Chatterbox for Kids could be a nice option for a small part of what it takes to learn a new language.
RATING AND CONTENT
Recommended for ages 3 and older
Quality: 4 out of 5
Educational value: 3 out of 5
Ease of play: 5 out of 5
Violence and scariness: 0 out of 5
Sexy stuff: 0 out of 5
Language: 0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, and smoking: 0 out of 5
Consumerism: 1 out of 5
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price: Free to try (in app purchases for $3.99 to $9.99 unlocks all content)
Release date: October 3, 2018
Size: 127.00 MB
Publisher: The Appy Learning Company Ltd.
Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later
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