Wednesday, September 2, 2015

App Review: Ortografía Paso a Paso

One of the most difficult aspects of Spanish spelling is perhaps knowing where to put accents. I have found this to be one my greatest challenges especially since I was never formally trained as a child in Spanish grammar. But guess what? There is a new, wonderful app to the rescue!! This app was created by BQWare, whom you may remember also created Lee Paso a Paso, a Spanish reading app.

NameOrtografía Paso a Paso
Subject(s): Spanish accents
Brief Description: An interactive, Spanish app that teaches the students how to use Spanish accents.
Price: $3.99
Language: Spanish
Ages: 6 years (and up!)
Device: iOS

What I like:
My kids are not advanced enough to use this app, however, I am! So it is best used with advanced Spanish readers and writers. I love that the creators have used a child's voice for the vocal directions in this app. It makes learning the (possibly intimidating) subject seem easier and is more engaging for children.

The app tackles the grammar rules that go with learning accentuation. With this app, you or your student can learn and practice the following concepts:

· Identifying the sílaba tónica
· Words classified as Agudas
· Words classified as Graves or Llanas
· Words classified as Esdrújulas
· Words classified as Sobreesdrújulas
· Accentuation of Agudas, Graves, Esdrújulas and Sobreesdrújulas words.
· Diptongos
· Hiatos

Each concept begins with a simple description of the rule, some examples, and then practice games to allow you to practice the application of the rule. The games are not too long and focus strictly on the concept being taught.

This short video gives you an idea of how some of the games work. (Ignore the voice over because the woman's voice is not used in the app.) 

What I don't like:
The app is only available for iOS and not Android. Boo! I know the majority of my followers are Android users.

Disclosure; I received this app for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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