January 19, 2015

Bilingual Apps

Many apps are on the market now for speech and language purposes, but some go even beyond that to cater to bilingual students.  The following apps meet this need and make our lives a little easier:

1.  Adjetivos Remix

This app is a great tool to use for individuals who present with difficulty identifying and using adjectives!  Developed by bilingual speech therapists, this app also features various opportunities for customization.  For example, there is a settings tool where the app can be customized for colors, appearances or feelings.  The Spanish demo could not be found but the English version is included here and has the same user interface and design.

Price: $9.99

Languages/Dialects: English, Spanish

Get the Adjetivos Remix app here


2.  Bilingual Articulation Phonology Assessment (BAPA)  

Please watch the demo included here, as Dr. Kester mentions that it’s the first standardized speech assessment application!  This app assesses the articulation and phonology of monolingual English speakers, monolingual Spanish speakers as well as bilingual speakers of Spanish and English.  This evaluation is to be considered part of a full speech evaluation to include: measures of intelligibility, considerations for second language influence, and considerations for the age of acquisition of each phoneme.  Additionally, the BAPA was developed by Barbara Fernandes, Ellen Kester, Mary Bauman, and Scott Prath.   ALL the mentioned developers are bilingual SLPs.   Now while this app is a whopping $84.99, it is well worth it in my opinion as a report of the results is generated, which can be emailed post-assessment.  There is no need to calculate the errors, as the app does it all for you!  Time-saver for sure.

Note: This app was donated by the developers.  This does not reflect my opinion of its value and exceptional performance in any way.

Price: $84.99

Languages/Dialects: English, Spanish (with various Spanish dialects available)

Get the BAPA app here


3. iName it

This app was developed for individuals who present with word-finding difficulties.  The app can be catered to each client.  The app focuses on vocabulary specifically in the home environment as well as in the community and takes the user to different rooms in the house.  The visuals of the rooms in the house are realistic and age-appropriate for adults as well as older children.   This app is available for $14.99 and has some decent reviews on iTunes.    This app was also developed by Barbara Fernandes who is a bilingual SLP.

Price: $14.99

Languages/Dialects: English, Spanish, Portuguese

Get the iName it app here


4.  Noyo Vocabulary Builder

Photo: Noyo Hebrew Vocab Builder at itunes.apple.com

Sorted by categories, these apps feature hundreds of illustrations guaranteed to engage the little ones.  The app is available for $3.99 and contains categories such as food, vacations, home environment, etc.  Each language purchased is $3.99 so it can add up if you want them all!  Noyo also has some other great language apps out there to checkout at Noyo.com.

Price: $3.99

Languages/Dialects: Chinese, English, French, Hebrew, Portuguese, Spanish

Get the Chinese version here.

Get the English version here.

Get the French version here.

Get the Hebrew version here.

Get the Portuguese version here.

Get the Spanish version here.


5.  Ortografía Paso a Paso

Photo: bqware.com

In this app from BQWare, the individual learns accentuation of the Spanish language in a fun way via interactive games.  This is an advanced app for the bilingual child or adolescent who may need some assistance writing in Spanish.

Price: $3.99

Languages/Dialects: Spanish

Get Ortografía Paso a Paso here.


6.  Speech with Milo (prepositions and verbs) 



Speech with Milo is a common go-to for many speech therapists, as the company offers a wide variety of apps developed by speech therapists.  Speech with Milo offers two Spanish apps grouped together here on our list, including Speech with Milo – Verbs and Speech with Milo – Prepositions.  When using both apps, Milo the mouse is put in a variety of situations where the child is able to describe the scenario using the appropriate verb or preposition.  For example, in the preposition demo Milo is beneath the water in a submarine!  A wide variety of verbs and prepositions are available.  The apps are user friendly and interactive, making them very appealing to young children.  I mean, who doesn’t love an animated mouse going on fun adventures?! Both apps are also very cost friendly, coming in at $2.99 each.  Unfortunately, I only found demos in English but the user interface and design is relatively the same.

Price: $2.99

Languages/Dialects: English, Spanish

Get Speech with Milo – Prepositions here

Get Speech with Milo – Verbs here


7.  Talk Around It Home

Developed by a team including a speech language pathologist as well as the wife of a stroke survivor, this app is available in both English and Spanish with a focus on improving word-finding ability.  There is an opportunity to create a personalized list of images for the client to name, so it is a great way for the SLP, client, or client’s family to personalize the images to the client’s needs.  This app has a FREE lite version and a full version for $19.99. 

Note: While Talk Around It Home app developers were kind enough to donate a full Spanish version, the opinions expressed during this review are my own.

Price: $19.99

Languages/Dialects: Spanish, English, American English

Get the American English Version Here

Get the English Version Here

Get the Spanish Version Here    


8.  Responding to Questions (Respondiendo Preguntas)

Photo: itunes.apple.com, Smarty Ears

Ideal for helping kids answer WH Questions.  Developed by a team of bilingual speech-language pathologists.  Can’t go wrong if you’re an SLP who works with children.

Price: $9.99

Languages/Dialects: Spanish, English

Get the English Version Here

Get the Spanish Version Here


9.  Yes/No Questions

Photo: Smartyearsapps.com

This is an app with yes/no symbols for non-verbal or minimally verbal children.  Male and female voices are available for the user to customize the voice.

Price: $1.99

Languages/Dialects: Spanish, English

Get the English Version Here

Get the Spanish Version Here




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