Language Forest by Synapse Apps, LLC (Universal)
Released: Dec 4, 2011
Version: 1.6
Size: 65 MB
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Language Forest

Synapse Apps, LLC
[ This app may no longer be available for download ]

The creators of Language Forest believe that learning language should be an experience, not just a tedious memorization process. As practicing speech and language pathologists, they are well aware that each person is unique and learns via an array of modalities. This is why they have designed a unique flashcard application that goes far beyond the reaches of traditional flashcards.

Called Language Forest because we view each word in a language as being analogous to a tree. Though each word has a “trunk” or meaning of its own, it also has many roots and branches. Language Forest is built around the concept that users can find the primary meaning of the words as well as how it can branch off into related words and real life experiences. Relating words to real life experiences not only affords people with a deeper understanding of a word but also greatly improves retention. This is why Language Forest not only provides users with the ability to create their own decks and flashcards but it also provides them with the ability to fill in their own “branches.”

As users look up (internet connection required) and/or add words, they are also provided with boxes where they can write in and/or copy/paste definitions, antonyms, synonyms, and “other” information. Beyond that, they can also draw pictures, add/take photos, and also add audio. Once all this is added, simply touch “save” and your experience is saved for unique viewing in a quiz screen.

Once decks are created the user can then view all this information in a study or quiz screen. Associated buttons according to information entered are provided below the flashcard and can be accessed as pop up information with a simple touch. Users can also decide which of the information they added will be on the primary flashcard. Draw all your cards, create your own photo decks, study synonyms for words in a deck and then change to study their antonyms if you wish, or simply utilize the “other” option to include whatever text you’d like. The possibilities are vast.

When quizzing, users can score using correct, incorrect, or approximate buttons and then view the exact words and according percentages when finished. In addition, users can view line graphs for how they are progressing for each specific deck.

But this is just one of the main features included within the app. As practicing speech and language therapists, we also know one might not have time to create decks for commonly targeted areas, particularly in the realm of language therapy. This is why we’ve included an unprecedented amount of decks within the application. Language Forest comes with over 50 jammed packed decks (over 1300 cards in all). Included decks are as follows:

Flashcards with images:
Associations - guess my job, words that go together
Categories - animal habitats, animal types, food groups, transportation, “name the category”
Describing - Texture
Guess The Word
If...Then Statements
Naming - colors, shapes, transportation
Root Words
Wh Questions - who, what, when, where, why, and how

Text Only Decks (images and drawings can be added to any deck):
Adjectives - appearance, condition, feelings (bad), feelings (good), quantity, shape, size, sound, taste, time, touch, words to compliment your mom ;)
Definitions - words that make you sound like a braniac, words that make you sound like a doctor, words that make you sound like an artist, words that sound cool
Irregular Past Tense Verbs (all in the English language)
Opposites - adjectives, nouns, verbs (nearly 300 opposites in all)

Other features include:
See multiple students at a time
Study multiple decks at a time
Double tap cards for full screen view
Add comments about each session
Email/Print results
Email/Print information from the card decks
Send and receive decks to and from other Language Tree users

What's new in version 1.6
* New Updated UI for iPad.

*General user can make his/her own decks.
Our verdict: Ok
  • + Language Forest is an ok, 3.5-star app.
  • + It is currently 33% off its regular price.
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