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Spanish in a Flash (iOs) Review

 
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At a Glance...
 

Formats: iOs
 
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Final Score
6.0
6/ 10


User Rating
1 total rating

 

We liked?


Over 700 Spanish words and phrases at your fingertips.

Not so much?


Some of the phrase are oddly specific, and everything is presented in a rather unexciting way.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Spanish in a Flash is a no frills introduction to Spanish on the go. Featuring over 700 words and phrases in a variety of categories, it is a nice introduction to a new language in an unthreatening form. I would have really liked to see a bit more fun added to it to keep players engaged, and the phrases included are often a little questionable – but for players who want to learn on the go, it adds a high tech element to the often difficult task of learning a new language.

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Posted September 27, 2013 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

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In the age of technology we live in, learning a foreign language has never been easier. With smartphones and tablets, we literally have the world at our fingertips, and apps are popping up all the time to reflect that. Spanish in a Flash, from Selectsoft, promises to help you “quickly pick up Spanish essentials” with a flash card based game featuring over seven hundred different cards in a variety of categories. But will buyers find the true essentials for getting by in Spanish, or will they be left yearning for un poco mas?

 
You’ll notice right away that Spanish in a Flash is a no frills app. The Home page features icons representing each of the nine categories offered, which include things like At Home, Food, and Essentials. Clicking on one of these takes you to a basic list page showing the different options available. For instance, if you select “Shopping”, you can choose from Clothes: Phrases, Clothes: Words, Supermarket: Phrases, and Supermarket: Words. Selecting one of those from the menu will take you to the flash card portion of the app.

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While it promises a flash card based game, they are flash cards only in the strictest sense of the word. Each page consists of a single question or word inside a plain white box, which you swipe to see the translation. There are no pictures, and nothing really interesting to look at. For that reason, it isn’t an app I can really see myself (or anyone), wanting to just play around with. The basic nature of it may make it easier to find a phrase in a hurry – for instance, you’re out a restaurant while on vacation, and need to figure out how to ask for a beer. However, the words and phrases chosen for Spanish in a Flash kind of make it inappropriate to use in that way. Instead of going for a lot of basic words and phrases that can be easily combined to hold a conversation, it goes for oddly specific phrases, and then presents them in order to almost tell a story. It’s…odd.

 
Let me give you an example. In the restaurant section, you will go through a variety of phrases that are meant to simulate a conversation between a diner and a waiter. I’m not really sure why the waiter responses are included, but we’ll just run with it. But as you go through the questions about what would you like, what the specials are, etc. you also will get phrases like “Is there too much salt in the sauce?” and the response of “Nobody has complained.” When I think of essential Spanish phrases, those are not what come to mind. I mean, are you really going to find yourself in a situation where you need to ask someone to “please fill out this form”, or “bend your elbow”? I can’t help but think there are other, more useful phrases that should have been included.

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There is one way that Spanish in a Flash does well, and that is with the audio element. Each of the words and phrases have a clickable audio button so that you can here how they are correctly pronounced. This is an essential for a language like Spanish, where certain letters are pronounced differently than there English counterparts. The app also has a helpful Quiz element, where you can test yourself on the knowledge you have gained, either via text or audio. The app gives you a phrase (either written or out loud), and you choose from three possible answers to see how much you remember. It’s a nice way to test what you’ve learned, but again – it really isn’t all that much fun, in that it plays more like a high school quiz than say, a game.

 

Spanish in a Flash is a no frills introduction to Spanish on the go. Featuring over 700 words and phrases in a variety of categories, it is a nice introduction to a new language in an unthreatening  form. I would have really liked to see a bit more fun added to it to keep players engaged, and the phrases included are often a little questionable – but for players who want to learn on the go, it adds a high tech element to the often difficult task of learning a new language.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)