A cool site for Mandarin immersion students
This is a popular site at schools, but I think it’s not widely known among parents.
The cool thing about SnapLingo is that it’s real interaction with real Chinese kids, but it’s curated so you know your child is chatting safely. Kids will work a lot harder when they’re a real person, especially another kids, on the other end of the line. Check it out and report back whether your kids like it. I’m curious what they think.
You can see a video about how it works here.
Here’s their website.
Students from China and America share language and culture through SnapLingo, an interactive app that improves language abilities through fun photo posts and chat missions.
SnapLingo is a mobile social platform that connects students (age 7 – 15) from the USA and China. SnapLingo matches students as language buddies to practice foreign language and teach each other their native language and culture. Through guided photo missions, creative challenges, and rewards, students share the world around them while also seeing it through their language buddies’ eyes. Guided group sessions are used to spark conversation about culture and life abroad, while exposing them to foreign language giving them the chance to practice reading, listening, speaking, and writing. It is on a secured network where parent/teacher involvement is required in the registration process. Some schools are using SnapLingo to connect with their sister schools in China. We can connect class to class.
A few chosen SnapLingo users will be given the honorary status of Bilingual Star. Bilingual Stars improve their Chinese and earn cash rewards by communicating regularly with students in China. Earn while you Learn!