Speaking about the need for such learning aids for the Arabic language, Maria Menezes, Developer of the app said, “As most expats in the Middle East can comfortably communicate solely in English they never feel the need to learn Arabic and draw a blank when it comes to teaching it to their children. Furthermore, current learning processes are underdeveloped and study materials are rarely engaging which is why so many children who do well in Arabic right though school do not actually gain anything more than just the ability to read the language.”
“We have worked closely with Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and schools across the UAE to understand the failings of the current system and to identify how we could go about remedying these. By striking a perfect balance between education and entertainment, 'Something Fishy About Arabic' holds the child's attention and presents them with a challenging but fun learning experience.”
While 'Something Fishy About Arabic' isn't the first such app to be launched, it is unique in that it is the first resource that encourages parents to learn alongside their children. The application has been divided into three comprehensive modules which are designed to teach, review and reiterate and finally test progress in a manner which makes children 'think about what they have learnt'. The learning modules teach Arabic characters and numbers by combining both visual and phonetic aspects to create a holistic learning experience.
The app is a well designed, friendly, innovative and simulative learning resource. Features such as vivid and bright colours, friendly in-game characters, rewards systems and playful voice-overs have all been incorporated into the app to ensure maximum appeal to children.
'Something Fishy About Arabic' is currently available solely for the iOS platform and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store. Maria now plans make the application available to a broader audience by releasing a version for the popular Android platform and by integrating it with Smart TVs and Smart Board devices.
To download 'Something Fishy About Arabic', please visit: http://itunes.apple.com/
Supporting App Reviews:
An app (for iOS devices) I had been waiting for since I learned of its coming. Something Fishy About Arabic is edutainment (educational entertainment)
This is one of the most educational Arabic games and is very creative for kids. As I am a kid my sister and I love it a lot. I hope you make many more games like this in different languages.