“PlaySay” for iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad is a free game that teaches you Spanish by giving you practice with a real person from another country. Listen to a phrase in Spanish, then tap the record button to record yourself repeating it; your Spanish-speaking partner will hear only the English equivalent. When he or she responds, you’ll hear the answer in Spanish, with an English translation.

The app gives you feedback, like “great pronunciation,” or prompts you to try again. When you’ve said your phrase, you have to wait for the other person to get back to the app and respond before you can go on to the next level. Our player in  Barcelona was quick, and we had quite a conversation going. You can try it with others as well. We chose native speakers in Spain, Mexico, Chile and Peru. It seemed better and more fun than most language games, because you’re playing with a real person.


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