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REVIEW: SpeakColors


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SpeakColors logo

SpeakColors is much more than an app to learn colors, and provides exercises to learn diverse vocabulary, to work receptive and expressive language, and to practice various basic structures of sentences.

Combine colors

The main menu of SpeakColors allows you to get help and personalize the app. The main button leads you directly to the work screen.

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There are various elements in the work screen. In the center and very big, a color square and a photograph of a real object of that color. Touching each of these two elements we can hear an audio clip with the pronunciation of the corresponding word. And in the center, below, we have a button of a microphone which allows us to record, and then play, an audio clip at will.

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The idea is simple. The student sees combinations of colors and objects and can practice the receptive and expressive language.  The arrow buttons below allow you to see other objects of the same color, and the color buttons above allow you to change the color. SpeakColors allows working with seven basic colors: white, black, blue, green, red, yellow and orange.

But there’s even more. Sentences are not limited to a combination of color+object. We can choose between 13 phrase templates (19 in the Spanish version in order to effectively cover masculine and feminine names).  If the template has one or two additional words, these appear in boxes and they will in turn have associated audio clips. (Note: the images below belong to the English and the Spanish versions).
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This way, the student can practice simple model phrases, such as “I play with a …” or ” In my house, I have a….”.

A few buttons near a corner permit us to move to an object rapidly -by selecting it from the list- or to block some of the sentence, so you cannot change the structure of the sentence, the color and/or the object. From the main menu you can also choose if you want the the text of each color and object to appear below the corresponding images.

Customization

SpeakColors comes preloaded with a basic vocabulary and 200 photographs that allow over 1,000 phrases. But SpeakColors allows you to add new words to the vocabulary (including it’s text, image and audio clip), deciding in which phrase templates they can be used. You can do this in a configuration screen that is very similar to the work screen and easy to use. The same functionality allows you to change the preloaded audio clips and the photographs. When taking photographs, you can scale them -something typical- but also rotate them -less typical but useful also.

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Assessment

SpeakColors is a relatively simple app that you can control in a matter of minutes. Thanks to its ability to be customized, it can serve as a basis for working with a very large vocabulary set.

It is assumed that the student already knows at least the color-object associations (though perhaps hasn’t mastered them). SpeakColors lets them start to evolve into more complex phrases with verbs, but always incorporating the variable of color.

 

I would love the opportunity to work with only those colors first and then later without them, or to have a registry, but as always the list of possible extensions is very long. In the Spanish version (SpeakColors Spanish Pro), the audio clips have an American accent.

Anyway, SpeakColors can be a very useful app to practice expressive and receptive language, color associations and structures of simple phrases. And the free Lite version allows you to test it.

-Francesc Sistach


SpeakColors
Developer: RWH Technology
Languages: English, Spanish.
Features: To learn color-object associations and simple sentences with colors.
Versions: iPad.
Price: SpeakColorsHD: $3.99 / €3.59; SpeakColors Español Pro: $6.99 / €5.99; ‘Lite’ and free version

 

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