The easiest way to learn a new language is from context. When a word is meaningful, it is easier to remember. Learn Spanish with Stories by Gus on the Go aims to help young learners go from single vocabulary words to basic grammar and short sentences, by using familiar stories such as the Turtle and the Rabbit and the Three Little Pigs.
Learn Spanish with Gus
In Stories by Gus on the Go, children learn Spanish through classic stories that incorporate auditory pronunciation and written Spanish language. Each story is divided into four sections: a teaching section where children learn important vocabulary, a practice session to review what they’ve learned, a story session complete with animations and sound effects, and a mini game to reinforce key vocabulary.
Unlike many language-learning apps that focus solely on single word vocabulary, Stories also help young learners build their way up to short sentences. For example, after learning the word the rabbit children will learn to use it in sentences like the rabbit runs and the rabbit runs quickly. There is a nice feature where children can scroll to change the subject, verb, and adjective in a sentence, and watch the animation follow suit.
In the story section, children can follow along a native-sounding speaker. The text is highlighted as it is read, and children can tap on words to hear them again. They can also tap on the characters to listen to additional dialogues.
Following lessons and stories, children can play a mini game to keep learning lighthearted. The mini game is different for each story, but all are designed to help learners review what they’ve learned. For example, the story of the Turtle and the Rabbit has a race track where children collect picture cards as instructed by the narrator, and the Lion and the Mouse includes a jigsaw puzzle depicting a scene in the story.
Parents Need to Know
Stories by Gus on the Go is designed for children who have begun to learn words in Spanish or have used the original Gus on the Go app. The app listing notes that it is suitable for ages 3-7, however I wouldn’t reject the possibility of using it with older children. It supports up to 6 user profiles, each with his or her own progress report.
The app is free to download on the App Store. Two stories (the Turtle and the Rabbit and the Lion and the Mouse) are included for free, but additional story packs may be purchased for additional learning. Currently you can select from the Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. To get to the purchase screen, you must first solve the kid lock.
Stories by Gus on the Go doesn’t require an Internet connection and doesn’t contain third-party advertising. All external links are placed behind the kid lock so that little fingers won’t accidentally access them.
Things I Like
Stories by Gus on the Go is an excellent resource for children who are beginning to learn the Spanish language. The lessons are well designed and comprehensive, covering topics from vocabulary to phrases and simple sentences. They are also organized neatly into sections, making it easy for children to follow along.
The stories themselves are engaging, featuring colorful graphics, clear narration, and highlighting text. The legibility could be greater, perhaps by choosing a heavier typeface, but overall they are appealing for the intended age group.
A minor complaint is that the story narration also contains words that are not taught in the teaching section. Thus, learners must pick up what they can from context. This might come as a challenge for some children. It would be nice if translations were available somewhere, at least for grown-ups who are accompanying their children as they use the app.
Children who are beginning to learn Spanish can’t go wrong with Stories by Gus on the Go. It uses classic stories, mini games, and short lessons to teach simple words and build the way for phrases and sentences. The app also has great production values and the right amount of interactivity to engage young learners.
App was provided for our honest review.