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Shoonya Kids: Learn Languages

Play & Practice Hindi & More

  • iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 5+
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About Shoonya Kids: Learn Languages

Shoonya Kids app teaches kids the foundation words of multiple languages through the use of colourful and fun mini-activities. The many languages include Hindi, English, German and Punjabi. The app is designed for use by children under the age of 10 and is available on iOS devices.

A free 7-day trial is available, after which Shoonya Kids app is available through a subscription.

Teacher Review

What is Shoonya Kids app?

Shoonya Kids app is for young children learning a second language - especially Hindi. It contains mini-games and activities for children to explore, play and build their knowledge of the first words of each language. It is aimed to eventually cover 350 to 500 words per language although it is currently less than this with each language having a different level of coverage. 

What we love about Shoonya Kids app?

Shoonya Kids app is ambitious in the number of languages it incorporates. It not only covers some of the most widely spoken languages but plenty of others too. Each one is accompanied by clearly spoken words to ensure that learners get their pronunciation correct from the start. 

The app looks great throughout with clear and colourful graphics that will appeal to Shoonya Kids app's target audience of under 10s. Fun animations add to the appeal and are nicely done. 

The activities include not just word learning and recognition but letter recognition and forming too. The availability of this varies by language. 

What skills does it improve?

The Shoonya Kids app is designed to help kids learn the basic and most frequently used words of each language it covers. In some of these languages, it also shows how to write letters. 

The teaching model employed by Shoonya Kids app is that of the Montessori method. This means that it is designed for kids to choose their route through it and learn by playing. Teachers and parents can join in to offer guidance.   

What age is it appropriate for?

Shoonya Kids app is rated for children aged 4+. Using the app is simple.   

Is Shoonya Kids app easy to use?

It is easy to select languages and navigate between different activities in this app. Each mini-activity is either intuitive in its use or well explained.

How will students benefit?

Being based around the Montessori method, Shoonya Kids app gives children the freedom to work through the activities as they see fit. The activities are stress-free and children can experiment and take their time as they play through them. 

How will teachers benefit?

The activities in Shoonya Kids app could usefully be displayed on a large screen in a classroom. They will work well for whole-class teaching and as a fun way to replace traditional flashcards in language teaching. 

How will parents benefit?

Shoonya Kids app is particularly useful for children living in one country but with a heritage linking them to another. Using the fun activities in the app, especially with the support of a parent, this link can be strengthened.  

What Shoonya Kids app can improve on?

Shoonya Kids app covers an impressive number of languages, complete with spoken words, but this breadth seems to have resulted in the depth being quite shallow. As young children will only be likely to learn a single additional language, the breadth of languages is less important than the depth each one is covered in. 

Hindi is the language with the most activities (six) whereas English and German have only three dress-up, farm and jungle animal names. Young children learning Hindi will gain the best value from this app - other languages need to be expanded to at least the same level.   

This is the case at the time of this Shoonya Kids app review but new content is planned to be added so by the time you read this, it may have expanded upon the content for each language. 

During this review of Shoonya Kids app, a few glitches were encountered particularly when accessing an activity for the first time. Activities, when first accessed, download the sounds and graphics. This was quite slow and at times unsuccessful. A second attempt was needed to populate the activity. 

The app also fails to update the available activities to match the selected language. The updated activities only appear when the screen is exited and then re-entered.

How much does Shoonya Kids app cost?

Shoonya Kids app is free to download. When you sign up to the app you get a free 7-day trial subscription that lets your child access everything in the app.   

What is included with the free version vs. paid?

To continue using Shoonya Kids app after the seven days, you will need to allow the subscription to continue. As the trial version gives full access to the app there is no difference in content only that your child can continue to use it. 

Is Shoonya Kids app safe to use?

All of the app's content is suitable for children. There is no communication facility in the app and it does not ask for user data. 

Overall rating of the app

Shoonya Kids app is planned to grow and, for some languages, it needs to do so. Somebody purchasing it for Hindi learning will be a much happier subscriber than somebody purchasing it for German learning, for example. It still feels a bit thin on content even for the best-covered languages 

That being said, it is easy for parents to assess how much value this app will have for them as the free 7-day trial is very useful. This will be especially useful as the app grows beyond the point it is at at the time of this Shoonya Kids app review.  

At the moment, Shoonya Kids app is rated at 3 stars but as the content for each language grows, its quality and presentation should raise its value to subscribers. Review Soonya Kids app for yourself by downloading it and subscribing to the free trial. 

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App Details

Teacher Ratings

Devices

iPad, iPhone

Price

Free

Category

Skills

Communication Skills
Academic Relevance

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - Yes

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

Shoonya Digital Inc

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Publisher's Description

Make learning new languages fun for the whole family. Help your child learn to speak, read and write in up to nine languages through games and playful characters in Shoonya Kids!

Give your child a head start at learning a second language. The best age to start learning a second language is before the age of ten, so Shoonya Kids helps you start early and develop a love of new languages and cultures.

Shoonya Kids is created by Montessori parents to promote global citizens and have a new approach to learning languages. Inspired by world language readiness standard, we create interactive activities to teach the first 350-500 words of a language, such as alphabets, animals and more.

Animated characters and games help teach your child about alphabets, pronunciations, animal names and new cultures that help them learn in a unique way.

Fun puzzles bring characters to life while developing motor skills. Children can even dress their characters in outfits from different cultures to learn about their traditions and styles while learning new languages.

Start teaching Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, German and more with lessons designed for growing minds. Fun animations, tracing games and puzzles turn learning languages into fun games for kids to enjoy!

SHOONYA KIDS FEATURES:

LEARNING APP FOR KIDS
• Start learning new languages at a young age
• Learning games help your child enjoy learning new languages
• Develop a love of languages and world cultures early on
• Enhance fine motor skills and spark creativity
• Focuses on the first 500 words a child learns, including alphabets and numbers

TEACH NEW LANGUAGES
• Use the classroom-tested Montessori inspired approach to learning
• Learn to read, speak and write in new languages
• Learn writing and alphabets by tracing characters
• Meet the world language readiness standards

LEARN ABOUT CULTURES
• Meet culturally inspired characters with designs from around the world
• Experience inclusiveness with languages and cultures
• Dress up in outfits from the cultures you’re learning about
• Learn fun facts about new cultures

ANIMAL GAMES
• Meet animated animal characters and bring them to life
• Learn to pronounce animal names in different languages
• Play learning games with animals
• Learn farm animal and jungle animal names

EIGHT LANGUAGES AND COUNTING
• Hindi
• English
• German
• Gujarati
• Marathi
• Punjabi
• Spanish
• Telugu
• More languages are on the way

UPDATED FREQUENTLY
• New content added all the time

Teach your child Hindi, Punjabi and more with animations, games and animal characters from Shoonya Kids.

For new users: Test out Shoonya Kids with a 7 Day Free Trial, followed by a renewing monthly subscription, or choose our annual subscription for a 20% discount. Your account will be charged for renewal within a day before the end of the subscription period. You can turn off automatic renewal in your iTunes Store settings.

For old users: If you have purchased Hindi Play and Learn in the past through in-app purchase, you’re in luck. You’ll have full access to Shoonya Kids fun in the future, free of charge.

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