Before we developed ‘Learn languages with Amy’, we made five other apps that each made it possible to learn one language; for example English or Spanish. The experience we got developing these apps in combination with my IT background made it possible to create the new Amy app. Also, I have a bachelor's degree in computer science.
We have to imagine how very young children use apps in their natural environment. It is quite hard to get feedback from children over time and find new children who can use the app. Also, since we support multiple languages, it is hard to support languages that have different grammar rules in one application.
• DuoLingo and Memrise: These apps have more focus on older children and adults, but their way of learning is inspirational for us. They offer different kinds of exercises and they inspire us how to let children/adults learn grammar.
• Elevate - Brain Training games: Nice app to keep your mind agile.
We started development in Q3 2019, and released at the beginning of 2020. The predecessors (our older language learning apps also still in the store) we started building on in 2015.
We saw the need for children who were raised speaking another language than Dutch. They had a hard time getting along in the classroom and communicating with children their age was not always easy. We came up with combining fun and learning a language in a digital way: an app. We targeted the ages from 2-7 years to give children a good start at primary school. The two-year-olds get used to the meaning of words by seeing the images and hearing how to pronounce them. The older kids also learn that words can be written and all have their own meaning and way of pronouncing them. By learning words in selected themes they understand context easier and will be able to put their knowledge into practice when they communicate with other kids and adults, for example at school.
At the moment kids can learn six different languages in one app (Dutch, English, German, Spanish, Polish, Esperanto) and we have a big selection of words to learn. For example, when kids are going to learn Dutch they can practice over 30 themes and learn more than 450 words. Our app stands out with this large selection of words for very young learners and the voice-overs are all native speakers, so we can guarantee kids learn to pronounce the words correctly. The app is also available for schools and speech therapists and it suits their context-based learning. Also, most language-learning apps are focused on an older audience. Our app does not show any ads and we do not share any private data with third parties, so it is very safe to use.
For the upcoming year, we are going to add a new language to learn: French! We are also going to expand our themes from 30 up to 40 different themes.
If you are curious to use the app you can try three themes in the app for free! We love it when people get excited over our app and let their children practice a (new) language with Amy. If you need some help do not hesitate to reach out to us. It would be amazing when people tell others about our app and more children get to learn with Amy!
Learn Languages With Amy helps toddlers and preschoolers increase their vocabulary through play in 6 languages: English, Spanish, Polish, German, Dutch, and Esperanto.
• 31 appealing themes like farm, numbers, alphabet, school, and body.
• Test the listening and reading skills of your child.
• For children 2 to 7 years.
Three themes are free to use. A subscription is required to use all features.
How does Learn Languages With Amy help your kids?
• Learn and play: challenging games (slideshow, concentration, puzzle, and quiz).
• Thematic learning: words are grouped by theme which fits well with the lessons of pre-schools and pre-kindergartens.
• Good looking, high-quality graphics designed by professionals.
• Words are spoken by a voice-over professional with a friendly female voice.
• Teaches pronunciation and spelling.
• Helps children learn new words they do not know yet (expanding your child's vocabulary).
• Track the progress of vocabulary development through detailed reports.
Learn Languages With Amy offers fun and interactive preschool games that teach kids in the following areas:
NUMBERS: Learning the basics of the 123s is vital for toddlers and preschool-aged kids and will help later with kindergarten math.
FARM: Match cute animals from ducks to cows and learn how these words look, sound, and how to write and pronounce them correctly before kindergarten.
CLOTHING: What do we put on today and how do you pronounce that in English?
COLORS: Your child will learn the most common colors as easily as 123.
TRANSPORTATION: See and learn the different means of transportation on the road, in the water, or in the sky!
SHAPES: Your preschooler will get to know the basic shapes by learning cute and colorful rectangles, circles, triangles, etc.
PLAYGROUND: learn how to pronounce and write the equipment of the playground in English.
FOOD & DRINKS: Learn how to pronounce and write the names of different food and drink items from around the world and tell everyone about them!
ZOO: Look at the zoo animals and learn how they are written and pronounced in English.
HOME: Apart from learning the basic shapes of everyday home appliances, your preschooler will hear the names along with their pronunciations.
BODY: Become familiar with the basic human body parts while learning how to pronounce them in English.
MUSIC: Your child will learn how to pronounce instrument names, and the sound they make.
SPORTS: Learn about sports such as soccer, tennis, volleyball, etc. in English.
And 18 more themes!
Date: December 20, 2021