Spanish Anywhere – Review
App Type: Uncategorized
Version #: 2.0.492
Date Released: 2011-07-14
Price: 4.99User Rating:
My experience with language-learning apps is that they vary greatly in density and quality. An app that claims to teach you a language in 24 hours may be little more than a dictionary, while other apps give little away in their titles and are in fact a great source of learning to get by in a foreign country. Spanish Anywhere fits into the latter.
Right from the start, this app engages your linguistic senses. Even the menu options have a Spanish translation underneath them, which can be flipped so you navigate the app using Spanish. From the main options, you have a comprehensive dictionary, phrases for particular situations and references for words categorised by subject. With an internet connection, you also have native English and Spanish sound-bites for every single word and phrase in the dictionary; no excuses for mis-pronouncing words then, as Spanish Anywhere does all it can to help.
These options will definitely be enough to get you by in Spain should you find yourself somewhere outside of the British colony that is the Costa del Sol, where a low level of English will suffice. However, Spanish Anywhere also contains good self-learning features should you actually wish to learn the language. The wealth of content really is impressive.
Every word or phrase you stumble upon you can add to a Study list, which you can then test yourself on using flashcards, e-mail to yourself, or simply look at it and hope it all soaks in (not an effective method). There are also several other learning games you can play such as Word Scramble, Spelling Quiz and the obligatory – but not all that useful – Hangman.
In truth, the games aren’t as exciting as they come, but it’s a fact that the mind’s better at absorbing information when there’s a challenge involved; that may not be a fact but it works for me and I’m the one doing the review, so take my word for it. That being said, games are always more exciting when you get to kill something, and sadly Hangman doesn’t count.
Spanish Anywhere will teach you Spanish at the basic level you need if you’re one of those people who insists on attempting to speak a foreign language even if you’re humiliatingly hopeless at it. At least this app will save you from such embarrassment. Those looking for more advanced lessons would do better listening to a podcast or, better still, go live in Spain for a year, but Spanish Anywhere contains all the fundamentals in a nice cheap package.
Would I Buy Again:Yes.
Learning Curve:Very low for the app, fairly high for the language.
Who Is It For:English-speaking folk who want to speak Spanish without embarrassing themselves.
What I Like:Huge amount of categories, so you can pinpoint what you want to say/learn.
What I Don't Like:The word games are a bit boring.
Final Statement:Great app for those looking to get the basics of the Spanish language.
What's New in Version 2.0.492
Thank you for updating Spanish Anywhere! We hope you enjoy this new content. Please show your support with a 5-star review so we can continue to work on free updates for everyone. And special thanks to all of you for your helpful suggestions and feedback!
New Version 2.0 includes:
- New AUDIO Feature: Listen in Spanish and English to WORDS and PHRASES (*REQUIRES AN INTERNET CONNECTION*)
- New slick interface design for iPad, iPhone, iPod and Retina displays
- Thousands of new words in the DICTIONARY
- New useful content in the SITUATIONS and REFERENCE sections
- New FLASH CARDS FOR PHRASES: Quiz yourself on all of the new phrases you’ve learned! Add them to your STUDY LIST!
Our previous major update included:
- VERB DECONJUGATOR to find the meaning and the infinitive form of any conjugated verb
- Email the study lists that you’ve created in MY STUDY LIST and MY OWN WORDS
- New SITUATIONS and REFERENCE Sections
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Article By Robert Zak
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