Editor’s note: The following review was done by Sisi Martinez Purfield, a bilingual teacher mom of a bilingual preschooler.
When I first saw the Easy Translator by Ingenio I was excited to see if my 3.5 year old son would like it. My son is pretty bilingual although not nearly as fluent in Spanish as he is in English. I gave it to him and thought he might be interested in doing a few of the “theme” vocabulary cards. When I gave it to him, he wanted to do all the cards that are included in the translator (there are 15 cards double sided so 30 “themes” in total ranging from fruits, animals, clothing, transportation, his favorite, among others) My son loves to read and can read in English and in Spanish so he enjoyed the translator from the start. He would read the English word then the Spanish word and the pictures were very clear and cute.
As a bilingual teacher I am always looking for ways to extend his learning of Spanish and the Easy Translator really lent itself to that. After he finishes one of the cards, we play “¿Cúal es tu favorito?” I ask him “¿Cúal es tu fruta favorita?” and encourage him to answer using full sentences and move beyond the basic vocabulary.
I really enjoyed some of the features of the translator. The cards fit nicely into the back of the translator which helps keep all the parts together. I also appreciated that it was a learning toy that made no noise. (I didn’t feel the need to turn it off after the 15th time my son played with it!) The translator is also a good size for travel. I’m planning on taking it on our upcoming plane ride. The cards were sometimes challenging for my son to change on his own, because they are a little thin, but with my help it was no problem. One improvement I thought of was to provide some blank cards so that I could add some phrases beyond the basic vocabulary.
The best part however came when my son showed his dad, who speaks a small amount of Spanish and is not nearly as fluent as my son, the Easy Translator. He really enjoyed teaching his dad some vocabulary, and I could see his pride at being a translator himself. I give the easy translator a big thumbs up. By the way, as a native Spanish speaker, it was great to finally learn the difference between “bote” and “barco”!
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