Want some help to enable your child to learn different languages? Read on to know about the best apps that'll ensure your child has fun learning new languages.
Scholar and philosopher Roger Bacon once said, "The conquest of learning is achieved through the knowledge of languages."
New and more powerful communication technologies are helping humans from different parts of the world get in touch with each other. And, we are also sending signals into space to establish contact with aliens. But, can we make the best use of communication technologies without the knowledge of language(s)?
The knowledge of even one language opens the door for us to interact with millions who speak that language. Imagine, how many people your child can reach out to if he knows more than one language.
Research studies show that young children learn new languages easily as their brain is better wired to absorb the nuances of a different language. Also, children who speak more than one language have better skills. According to a research paper titled, 'Are there bilingual advantages on nonlinguistic interference tasks? Implications for the plasticity of executive control processes', by Matthew D Hilchey and Raymond M. Klein, published in the journal of 'Psychonomic Bulletin & Review' (2011), children who know several languages tend to have better cognitive abilities than their monolingual counterparts.
So, if you want to raise a polyglot, it's best to start early and make technology your teaching partner. Various innovative language teaching apps that are now available make it easier and more fun for your child to learn languages. Here's a list of top language learning apps:
This app with beautiful illustrations draws inspiration from the popular book 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. It is designed to look like a book, has a rhyme on every page and has its own soundtrack.
2. Little Pim
This app consists of series that is based on a varied collection of language learning videos. The main focus of the videos is to teach children the essential building blocks of a language. The series have many apps that track a kid's progress through the course of the program.
Studycat is specifically designed for children aged between 3 and 10 years. The app has many lessons, which are further divided into learning games. The app features brightly coloured cartoon characters, which attract children and keep them engaged. There is also a paid version for use in schools.
Beelinguapp has a unique approach to teaching a new language. It's called the 'side-by-side' approach. This method allows a child to see the same text in two languages, presented side-by-side on the screen. One side of the screen displays text in the language the child is attempting to learn while the other side shows the text in the child's native language. The app also provides a 'karaoke' option. Using this feature, the child can hear a native language speaker read the text while she tries to comprehend it herself.
Duolingo is a leading language learning app with a well-designed interface for users. This app makes it possible for your child to learn new languages through games, which is more likely to keep him engaged. If your child has to learn a new language in school, this app can help him get a head start over his classmates.
6. Gus On The Go
This app is designed to engage the children in a fun manner. In this app, an owl called 'Gus' takes your child on a journey through the different regions of the world, helping her learn a new language.
It also has a second instalment, which is available only for IOS users. The second instalment is an improvement over the original version, as it uses interactive stories with exciting twists to teach a language.
Babbel is one of the leading apps used by the language learning community. It was named one of Google Play's Best Apps in 2015.
Replace boring language learning textbooks with FluentU. A fun and innovative learning app for any age and level of language learner, FluentU allows the user to pick the pace and learning materials. Plus, this app offers a learn mode that kids are sure to love.
Based on your child's needs and skill level, choose the app best suited for her. All these apps offer free trials. So, you and your child could test a few of them before finally settling on one. Have fun learning!
Also read: Best English Learning Apps For Kids
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Written by Jasmine Kaur on 7 July 2018.
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