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Every child is born with the ability to learn any language. It is also true that young children can learn multiple languages at the same time with remarkable ease. Learning multiple languages challenges the brain and improves cognitive and social-emotional development, learning, and the chances for long-term success.
I liked the idea of introducing multiple languages. My son, now aged 3, is getting comfortable with two languages, English and Tamil. We are currently in the U.S. and I have seen a twinkle in his eye when the announcements in public transport are voiced in Spanish. I wanted to give his interests a nudge. My initial idea was to pick a bilingual book from the library, which was not received well from his end, so I decided to put it off for until ‘he is ready.’
A few days back, I stumbled upon this app, “Shoonya Jungle Animals.” I downloaded it out of curiosity. The welcoming tune of the Shoonya Jungle app was catchy and when my listened to the word ‘crocodile,’ he was so excited! He came racing to me and tried rest of the app! He loved repeating the words the app prompted. It was fun and pleasing to watch him try different accents.His love for animals kept him engrossed!
The Shoonya Jungle App has A Great Interface
The app is free for the first 3 animals and requires a one-time in-app purchase to unlock all the animals/levels.
It had three modes – Watch, Play and Create with age range suggestion of (0-2), (3-5) and (6-8) respectively although I felt my son enjoyed using them in all modes.
The Shoonya Jungle app interface has a scroll bar to select languages, left and right arrows to shuffle through the animals, a closet to choose clothes, accessories hats and shoes from, a laundry hamper which holds the discarded selections as u browse through the options, a choice of landscapes (Land, desert, ocean, mountain, and river)for the background.
What We Liked
The Shoonya Jungle app opened a new world of languages to my son, through the objects of his fascination!
The app introduced him to the names of wild animals casually in nine different languages. But wait, there’s more! He also learned the names of clothing, accessories, and habitats, along with a few sentences, in an interactive and fun way. The nine languages were English, Spanish, German, Arabic, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Telugu, and Gujarati!
He enjoyed dressing up the animals with various clothing and accessories, adjusting the positions and fit. He got creative with it and boasted of his fashion sense!
I felt the music, apparel, and languages had a cultural touch to it.
But I wish it had a Tamil language option too!
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