Available in both single-language and multi-language packs, KidSpeak is language learning software designed for learners age 12 and under. It teaches over 700 vocabulary words through immersion-style training and 40 game-based activities. KidSpeak uses a relaxed pace with high levels of repetition to reinforce learning, praised by several young testers. Although it does not lead to complete fluency, most reviewers agree that KidSpeak is the best available language learning software title for young learners. For those desiring a more comprehensive program, reviewers recommend Tell Me More Premium (*est. $270). It has 850 hours of instruction, but is much more expensive and isn't geared to kids.
We found KidSpeak reviews primarily on education websites, including Discovery Education, Learning Village, and Learningware Reviews. These reviews praise KidSpeak, with Discovery Education calling the KidSpeak 6-in-1 software bundle "the best foreign language title for kids." User reviews are also available at Amazon.com.
1. Discovery Education
Both the KidSpeak 6-in-1 software bundle and KidSpeak French receive an "outstanding" rating from the Discovery Education editors. Testers and reviewers alike praise the comprehensiveness and teaching style of the programs. Discover Education recommends the 6-in-1 bundle as "the best foreign language title for kids."
Review: All Educational Software by Interests – Foreign Language, Editors of Discovery Education
KidSpeak is rated "very good" in both design and ease of use by the editors at Learning Village. They comment that the program introduces the basics of language in a simple, interactive format, with grammar and vocabulary presented in a "fun and entertaining" style. No downsides are noted.
Review: At A Glance – Second Language, Editors of LearningVillage.com
Juline Lambert, a magazine columnist and former teacher, reviews an earlier version of the KidSpeak software bundle. The overall format of the program is unchanged, and she calls KidSpeak one of the best language programs for elementary school children.
Review: Foreign Language Software, Juline Lambert
User reviews at Amazon.com discuss the controversy over the Spanish version of KidSpeak, which presents Castilian Spanish as opposed to the more commonly-taught Mexican Spanish. Many users praise KidSpeak, and although a few find the total-immersion style frustrating, most like and recommend the program overall.
Review: Kidspeak 6-in-1 Reviews, Contributors to Amazon.com