Learn a New Language with Spanish – Speak and Learn Pro

Total Score:  29.5

People learn in different ways.  Some need to see what they are learning.   Some need to hear someone explain what they need to learn and some need to touch, or experience the new information.  Happily, Spanish – Speak and Learn Pro does all three.  I took Spanish in college but am far from fluent.  This app combines the fun of a game with repetitive learning.  I actually look forward to my language lessons.  I think you will too.    I didn’t test the Spanish Kids – Speak and Learn.  If your intention is to help your children learn Spanish you might want to start with that version.  

Price Rating = 5     $9.99.  I am sure there are cheaper apps that will help you learn Spanish, but with this app you get high production values and significant content.  The “for kids” version is $3.99.

Ease of Use Rating = 5     The graphics are clear and it is very easy to understand how it works.

 Readability Rating = 5    The fonts are a nice large size and very readable.

Will You Use It Rating = 5     The app is fun and game like.  You will find yourself wanting to learn.  This app would be for people with either a slight or no knowledge of Spanish.  If you were at an intermediate or above level you probably need another app.

Downsides Rating = 0     As I progressed through the lessons I found one photo missing.  It could have been just a fluke.

  Consumer Review Rating = 4.5     There have been over 150 ratings. A few complaints were noted because the app does not teach you everything.

 Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5     Learning a new language not only allows you to communicate with more people but keeps your mind alive and working.  This app allows you to do that in a fun and easy way.

How does it work? 

This app offers you many options.

  1. When you open the app, it welcomes you and then downloads several units of instruction.  You select one.  There are a total of 25 different sections.
  2. You are shown a word at the top or middle of the screen and asked to choose between photos.   You will see one to six photos. You might see photos of a little girl waving or a car and you choose which one of these things goes with the word, “hola.”   The word is also pronounced for you.  The voice varies from a man and women so you get a feel for how you might say it.
  3. You tap on the picture that matches the word and you hear a sound that indicates you got it right or wrong.  If you answer correctly, it moves on to the next word.
  4. Sometimes you are shown a word like, “comida” and you do not know exactly what it means (food or meal).  If you tap the word you can find out what it means.
  5. At the end of the lesson you receive your grade – example 61/62 98% and you are offered the opportunity to either continue or retry the lesson.
  6. One you have completed a lesson your score is shown beside the lesson so you know which ones you have taken.

The lessons progress from easy to more advanced and there is enough repetition to allow you to become comfortable with the words and enough variation to keep you interested.

They also offer other languages – Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, German, Japanese and English for Kids.   Note:  On the day of my review the Japanese and English for Kids versions were  free.

Devices:  This app can be used on either the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. It is not currently optimized for the iPad, but displays well.   It requires iOS 4.0 or later. The app was developed by 321Speak.

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