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Gus on the Go: French for Kids

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In another travel instalment Gus, the owl, visits France and with him brings animations and games all the while introducing your son and/or daughter to some of the vocabulary basics of the French language. As you progress further in the game, you unlock a variety of new vocabulary games which help to reinforce what you have just learnt in a fun and engaging way.

Teacher Review

TooJuice brings us another instalment of Gus on the Go, where our polyglot owl, Gus, welcomes us to France, with the intention that we pick up a few new words on the way. The app is aimed at the 5-years-and-under market; however the story and informative aspects will appeal to older readers as well, namely as many of the topics and vocabulary covered typically form part of the KS3 Modern Languages Curriculum framework in schools. The app is designed in a clever way that many games console users will recognise as being synonymous with Mario Brothers and Sonic – whereby the user must make his or her way from the North to the South of France. An opportunity to broaden the scope of the app has been missed with this, as the map, itself, could be more informative and directly introduce the user to specific cities and/or regions of France, as opposed to visual reference points in the animation, for example, the Eiffel Tower. This cultural and societal element would have further enhanced what is, already, a well thought-out and concisely designed app. 
 
The musically-appealing opening sequence introduces you to a map of France with the option to choose from four different destinations – the bottom three of which are initially locked. On selecting the first destination the user is transported to a town with various activities designed to introduce and later reinforce the topics that are to be studied. The app progresses at the reader’s discretion – as they select the game to be played – by clicking on the relevant part of the town in front of them. This is coupled with further interactive elements, whereby the user has other opportunities to engage with the screen, namely playing with some of the background scenery. Each part of the four cities / towns introduces a new interactive topic, encompassing, auditory, visual and kinaesthetic learning styles, which make it an app that will meet most children’s needs. These topics cover animals, foodstuffs, modes of transport, clothes, body parts, numbers, shapes and colours and additional support is provided where the user can choose to have the word repeated by, simply, clicking the relevant button. Although this app is geared at the 5-and-under age group, the vocabulary recognition tasks will benefit those who are much older and embarking on their first steps in the language. Following the vocabulary introduction, the user may select form a series of challenges, which help to consolidate that which has gone before. A competitive edge is introduce as each challenge is graded as ‘Gold’, ‘Silver’, or ‘Bronze’, according to how well the task is completed – something that will have the user coming back again and again to grab that elusive golden trophy and the cheers that go with it. This ‘ranking system’ can be easily accessed from the top right-hand corner of the city map, and further gives the user the opportunity to complete or reattempt the challenges they have previously undertaken or missed out. 
 
With the interactive and educational games, your son or daughter will find the challenge of four consolidation games, the trophy ranking-system and variety of French on offer an enjoyable and productive experience. The illustration is well-designed and clear to all users, which, in turn, add to the app’s accessibility. 
 
Overall, it is an extremely well-presented app with lots of engaging little features that will not only educate but also keep the user engaged as they make their way through France.

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From the Developer

Learning French has never been so much fun! Join Gus, the friendly owl, as he travels around the world and explore languages from every corner of the globe with Gus on the Go! Featuring adorable animations and fun exercises, your child can learn basic vocabulary concepts with interactive visual and auditory lessons on numbers, colors, shapes and more. Each lesson review unlocks an exciting vocabulary game that reinforces what your child has learned. Now, your child can take on a second language through a fun, multi-sensory journey on any iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

- Features -

NEW WORDS WITH INTERACTIVE LESSONS
- Nearly 90 French words to learn
- 10 fun and educational activities
- Native French language audio speaker

HAVE FUN WHILE LEARNING
- Engaging vocabulary reviews after each lesson
- Fun animations and delightful animal noises and transportation sounds
- Easy to navigate country and city maps

EARN ACHIEVEMENTS
- Exciting games, unlocked by completing lesson reviews
- Trophy room to track achievements

USEFUL FRENCH VOCABULARY CATEGORIES
- Animals
- Food
- Clothes

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Enjoy Gus on the Go: French for Kids from toojuice! At toojuice, we are committed to providing entertainment that merges quality learning experiences and fun. Be sure to enjoy more Gus on the Go in more languages including Cantonese, Croatian, English, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (Chinese), Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Taiwanese, Taiwanese Mandarin and Vietnamese!

NOTICE TO PARENTS

This app is kid friendly and does NOT contain ads, in-app purchases, links, tracking or sharing functions.

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