Say Word is an innovative new app by Optimum Minds that combines lessons about homonyms with “gaming” challenges. Ideal for teaching students (or your own children) valuable English lessons, this app is a great educational tool for the iOS platform.
As indicated by its name, Say Word is a word-based game that challenges players to correctly match homonyms to their intended spots within sentences.
Say Word features an impressive word bank of over 500 words to use and learn. The developers of this app promise to have included a good number of commonly used “sight words” into the word bank, and while playing the app myself I found this claim to be warranted.
Ranging from two to four homonyms per word set, Say Word presents players of a variety of language skills with quality educational challenges to keep them occupied and interested for a good deal of time.
Additionally, the difficulty of game play within Say Word increases with each level passed, and players earn in-app stickers and points through completing challenges as well.
Overall, Say Word is a high quality educational game that the children you use it with are sure to benefit from.
While I sometimes felt that there would be a bit of lag between trying to select a word and successfully dragging it to its correct spot, most of the time I spent playing this app was fairly lag-free.
Appearance and Layout:
The appearance and layout of Say Word certainly suits the app’s purposes quite well. The colors are simple and not overly distracting from the main point of the game, and navigating through the app is simple to do as well.
The graphic design of Say Word can’t really be praised as “trendy” or particularly stylish, but it’s a practical design that does well to create a visually tasteful (albeit somewhat plain) game.
All the fonts in Say Word are easy to read, and while they seem to be best suited for the size of an iPad screen (simply due to being larger and thus easier to readily read), they still are perfectly legible on a smaller screen as well.
Available for free through the iTunes Store, Say Word is definitely of great value to anyone who loves a good word-based challenge.
While it probably won’t appeal to many adults who already have a solid grasp of the English language, it could easily be attractive to anyone looking to learn English or to simply improve his/her English skills.
Additionally, this app is a great educational tool for parents or teachers who are looking to turn practical English language skills into a fun little game.
Say Word requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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