iPad apps for kids provide fun ways to practice a language. Gus on the Go is an app for learning and practicing basic Spanish words. It is made by toojuice and is available in the iTunes store.
With Gus on the Go, kids learn individual words by playing with a colorful, interactive screen. When they have mastered the words, they use the vocabulary in games, reinforcing what they have learned. The words are grouped by thematic units: Animals, Food, Clothes, Transportation, Parts of the Body, Numbers, Shapes, Colors.
These are a few of the features that I like best about this iPad app for kids:
- Each unit presents a limited number of words, so that children can really master them.
- Gus on the Go makes the most of the iPad audio for language learning with games that associate the sound of the word with images.
- The audio is clear and natural. The words are spoken at a tempo that makes it easy for kids to understand and repeat.
- The games in each lesson re-enter the words from previous lessons.
- The graphics are colorful and clear. When children hear the word in Spanish, they can tell from the picture what it means. Unfortunately, this is not true of all iPad apps for kids or other language learning materials!
- In all the games, the players match audio to pictures, but the game for each lesson is slightly different. This provides variety and helps holds kids’ interest.
- All of the activities work well for children who do not read yet because they are audio-based. The written word appears on the screen when the vocabulary is presented and also during the review, but is not essential to the activities.
- There are no ads or in-app purchases.
Language Learning with Gus on the Go
This application is designed as an introduction to common Spanish words. It is also a useful review of beginning vocabulary for children who are already learning Spanish. Parents should be aware that although the words are associated with pictures, they are not used in sentences or in context. In other words, it is not a whole language experience. Teachers and parents who speak Spanish can make the most of this application by using the words naturally, in complete sentences. For example, they can describe and comment on the pictures or ask simple questions: El tren es rojo. ¿Ves el camión? ¿Dónde está el autobús? Sí, ¡allí está!
Gus on the Go introduces children to basic Spanish words with clear native-speaker audio. It is a fun way to start to learn Spanish and a useful vocabulary review for kids who have already started the language learning journey.
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Disclosure: The company sent me a copy of this product to be able to write the article. All of the ideas and opinions are my own.