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FabuLingua - Learn Spanish

Fun Language-learning stories

  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 3+
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About FabuLingua - Learn Spanish

Fabulingua is a Spanish language-learning app that narrates interactive children’s stories.  As the app and the stories progress the child is introduced to more and more new characters, who allow you to interact with Spanish in a variety of different contexts and with engaging personalities.  On-screen, you will see the Spanish storyline and this will be supported by hearing the same story read in Spanish and then in English – working towards a natural reception of bilingualism.

Teacher Review

Fabulingua is a very well-presented app with a clearly organised selection and progression of interactive stories aimed at gradually and naturally raising your familiarity and knowledge of the Spanish language.  Aimed at the 3-11 age group, each of the stories is a charming tale that introduces the reader and listener to a variety of characters in age-appropriate adventures.  When kids use their Learn Spanish app, they'll also practice good pronunciation, work on their listening skills, and round out their knowledge of the Spanish language with short grammar lessons.  

As a piece of software, it offers relevant, immediate interaction whereby you will read along with the Spanish storyline and have this supported by it being read to you in both Spanish and then English.  This software is not centred on formally testing and evaluating vocabulary and/or structure retention.  It is an app that is intended to be enjoyed, with progression and improvement in the language being more gradual, natural, and subconscious, if you will.  Fabulingua intends for the user to start or continue their Spanish language-learning journey by losing themselves in a story and, over time, growing in familiarity with it.

From the start-up screen, users will register with Fabulingua via email and, subsequently, begin their adventure.  The app divides its lessons into character-focused stories that are mostly animal themed.  From here, you will explore the world and escapades of the various characters thanks to the visually pleasing and interactive animations.  The tactile nature of the graphics will keeps the kids engaged as they absorb the language. To coincide with this, the storyline and graphics are interwoven with bi-lingual narration – which the developer call ‘Magical Translations’ – to further help you to immerse yourself in the plot in a very effective way.  Some opportunities to freely explore help your child to interact with the language and new cultures, while reinforcing knowledge of Spanish as well.  As your complete the various parts of each characters storyline, more fun games and challenges will be unlocked, culminating in your practice and imitation of the story and, finally, retelling the complete story yourself.

Progress is, essentially, tracked through various levels that you unlock thanks to the amount of content and challenges you complete and your accuracy in some of the vocabulary games.  As parents and/or carers you can dictate the content that your child will access by turning on PIN-protected ‘parent settings’.  What is otherwise a very comprehensive and well-devised app, a potential area of difficulty will be with the seeming lack of explanation of some vocabulary elements in certain games, as the storytelling approach aims at subconscious reception of the language as opposed to formal instruction and explanation – for example, sorting vocabulary into whether it takes the masculine or feminine definite article (“el” or “la”) may, initially, be beyond some students.  However, with repeated exposure students will begin to see patterns and, so, denote and implement these into their learning.  Consequently, it is better that several storylines be explored at one time, in order to maximise exposure to the language and thus allow the natural understanding process to take place.  As I have previously mentioned, the more you access the content, the more aspects of the game you unlock.  With each ‘zone’ completed, you will be awarded “calcomanías” (stickers), which are a very clever add-on for their age-appropriate language content.  Through these stickers, students can design their own storyboards – potentially, with the ultimate goal being that they can narrate what they have designed across two languages.

The overall premise of this app is that of repetitive reinforcement of learning – not dissimilar to how you would learn your own language – by regularly interacting with vocabulary and structures, the user will gradually develop competence and understanding.  Obviously, this premise of independent learning requires the user to regularly experience what has been previously seen and heard and Fabulingua does this well.   From an educator’s perspective, the relevant, tactile, and interactive content means that this represents a very useful addition to the primary language-learning classroom, with clever and charming storylines showcased in entertaining, engaging, and varied ways.  The progress retention and opportunities to tell the stories for themselves brings a practical and effective element to the app.  The audio is recorded clearly and by native speakers and, all in all, Fabulingua is a good looking, well-designed app.  The range and variety of exercise types are age-appropriate in that they are well-rotated and suitably engage and motivate learners.  

In conclusion, as a supportive app for initial steps into Spanish language-learning or reinforcing varied vocabulary knowledge, it is an engaging and motivating piece of software, with varied and appropriate exercises.  Fabulingua is suited for the 3-10 age group, with the potential of this app being what you make of it; yet those aspiring for an in-depth knowledge of language nuances will find that this app does meet those needs – that being said, this is not the intention of scope here.  It is a storytelling app that wants to help you explore the language in a natural and gradual way, with the real purpose being enjoyment.  From a personal perspective, I will recommend this app to my fellow primary language teachers as an endearing accompaniment to the curriculum, which could be hugely effective if it is considerately embedded.  The ultimate benefit will be seen in having young learners frequently experiencing a new language and completing activities in their own time, when their language retention skills will be at their most receptive.

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App Details

Teacher Ratings

Devices

Android, iPad, iPhone

Price

Free

Category

Skills

Cognitive Development
Critical Thinking
Communication Skills
Engagement and Usability
Collaboration Skills
Creative Development
Emotional Development
Academic Relevance
Thinking & Reasoning
Self-Direction

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - Yes

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

FabuLingua, Inc.

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Publisher's Description

A Spanish language-learning platform for kids based on beautiful interactive children’s stories. Our fun tales will take children on adventures filled with magical characters. They are designed and written to gently introduce them to a new language or reinforce their existing knowledge of it through our Magical Translations™ method. Your child will see only the Spanish text, but hear the narrator’s rhythmic alternation between Spanish and its English translation. This enables a subconscious rewiring of the brain to the new language that is organic (and kind of magical!)

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Main Features

- A growing collection of beautiful language-learning stories.
- Rhythmically interwoven bilingual narration that enables subconscious learning.
- New stories uploaded every month.
- Fun games and free play that reinforce knowledge.
- Authentic content that introduces your child to new cultures and real language nuances.
- Audio recording mode that allows the child to practice pronunciation and develop reading skills.
- Free collectible digital stickers.
- Parental controls and progress tracking.

MAGICAL TRANSLATIONS- An innovative way of introducing Spanish for kids

Through our Magical Translations™ method, children see only the Spanish text, but hears the narrator’s rhythmic (and strategically timed) alternation between Spanish and its English translation. This allows them to easily comprehend and follow the story in a relaxed and engaged way. Which is the ideal state for language acquisition!

Our method is supported by the Comprehensible Input Hypothesis by Dr Stephen Krashen. Simply put, “comprehensible input” is new-language input that can be comprehended by listeners despite them not understanding all the words.

This theory and our method are most effective when applied during early childhood, when children’s brains will wire more efficiently to the languages to which they are exposed.

FabuLingua is: A story. A game. A bedtime ritual. A gentle introduction to a second language. A complement to Spanish lessons. A parent-child bonding activity. An after-school plan. A super fun storytelling method for language learning!

ADVANTAGES OF LEARNING SPANISH FOR KIDS DURING CHILDHOOD.

#1 Language-learning benefits early brain development; especially executive functioning such as problem-solving, the ability to focus, and switching between tasks efficiently.

#2 Studies by Harvard University suggest that learning languages at an early age has increased advantages over doing it later in life; like enhancing creativity and critical thinking skills.

#3 It provides academic and professional advantages, cultural awareness, emotional intelligence and self-confidence.

#4 In an increasingly globalized world, new languages are acquiring exponential value. An estimate of 130 million people in the USA will speak Spanish over the next 30 years.

#5 In the case of Spanish and Hispanic heritage families, Spanish will allow their children to better understand their background, bond with relatives and connect to their culture.

FABULINGUA IS A MAGICAL SOURCE OF SPANISH STORIES FOR KIDS THAT WILL EXPOSE THEM A NEW LANGUAGE IN THE MOST GENTLE AND FUN WAY EVER!

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