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Mobile apps are a great way to learn a new language and brush up on basic vocabulary. It’s been a few years since I’ve practiced my Spanish, and I put my vocab skills to the test with Learning Spanish with Cleo.

Learning Spanish with Cleo combines crisp audio and a fun plot to engage young readers. As I read along with Gaston, a little boy getting ready for school, and his perky pet dog, Cleo, I enjoyed the interactive elements and engaging activities on each page. Whether identifying a particular piece of clothing or rearranging letters to form a word, each exercise was very helpful for reinforcing basic vocab words from a particular page. I found the app best suited for those with a baseline knowledge of Spanish, as the story could be a bit tricky to follow for those brand new to the language.

All in all, the fun storyline, lovely illustrations and engaging exercises come together to form a very entertaining, and useful learning app. For a $2.99 download, you can enjoy Learning Spanish with Cleo on your iPad.

Honorable Mentions


Monorail

Monorail is the successor to the popular Link! bridge building game. In Monorail, your resource usage is limited only by your budget, which varies from task to task. By combining resources such as girders, cables, brick, and stone in a creative way, you must build a stable, low-stress bridge. Perfect for physics game lovers, Monorail borrows principles from civil engineering to create stable structures. So put on on hardhat and download Monorail for your iOS, Android, or Kindle Fire device.


Finger Hoola

Finger Hoola tests your dexterity with original gameplay and unique touchscreen hula hoop physics. Using your index finger, your objective is to spin a ring in circles to achieve beautiful musical sounds. A musical bar located in the middle of the screen helps you find that perfect hoola spin speed. Finger Hoola is available for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire devices.


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