Cute Learning Tool on iPhone & iPad: 'Word Wizard', the Talking Spelling app, Invites Kids to Play With Words

A rewarding and fun application to slip into Santa's sack!

Dec 01, 2011, 10:12 ET from Acapela Group

MONS, Belgium, December 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

Word Wizard is the first application of its kind to really make smart use of speech synthesis. Word Wizard enables kids to compose words and listen to the audio result, and indicates if their spelling is correct.

An educational & recreational application
Through a colorful, simple and intuitive graphic interface, kids drag letters to compose words and play with the sounds, either as they like or according to their level of writing and reading. Word Wizard allows kids to listen to the pronunciation of letters, words or sentences they compose themselves, tapped by their own fingers, thanks to a movable alphabet.

Acapela, the voice that catches kids' attention
Acapela speech synthesis handles the talking part of the application by vocalizing any written text, with a female or male voice. Kids control the game, entering the words they like, listening to the audio result, checking if the spelling is correct. Seeing, hearing and touching: the multi-sensory approach engages kids completely. And a help button enables them to progress at any time.

This application has been developed by l'Escapadou, a design studio dedicated to the creation of fun, creative and educational applications for iPhone & iPad.

'L'Escapadou was created right after the launch of the iPad, because we believe we have in our hands an amazing tool to help kids learn and increase their autonomy and creativity, in a fun and rewarding way. Combining Acapela text to speech with the iPad allowed us to create an interactive and talkative interface that captivates the interest of young users. The success of the English and the French versions has proved us right and we are about to launch the German and the Spanish ones.' adds Pierre Abel, L'Escapadou's founder.

L'Escapadou is a family-run design studio where the parents develop the applications and the graphic environments, inspired by their 4 and 7 year old kids - the very first beta-testers!

'Praised by the New York Times as a 'Speak 'N Spell for the iPad Generation' and promoted by Apple, Word Wizard, more than any other educational and recreational application, has made great use of speech synthesis, to favor learning in a very effective and pleasant way. And the enthusiasm of young Word Wizard users has unequivocally proved that!' adds Lars-Erik Larsson, Acapela group CEO.

Talking movable alphabet or spelling quiz
The application offers 2 modes and a full set of parameters so that it can be adapted to a kid's age and level of learning

Highlights of Talking Movable Alphabet
- Spell checker draws attention to unrecognized words
- 2 American voices and 1 British voice
- Optional magnetic grid to ease letters' placement
- Reads all the words as a sentence
- Uppercase or lowercase letters Phonics or letter name when a letter is touched in the alphabet
- voice Transformer (speed, tone) for added fun, 2 backgrounds

Highlights of Spelling Quiz
- 189 word lists of 10 words: Dolch Words, 1000 most frequently used words, body parts, family members, etc.
- Create custom word lists by entering own words and sentences, and even share lists
- Hints are available if kids do not know how to spell a word
- A variety of colorful animations are displayed when a word is completed
- Once a quiz is completed, a report is displayed and fun, interactive animations are available as a reward

Video available on You Tube:

Universal application that runs both on iPhone and iPad
Price: 2,99 USD
Available on the Apple appstore:

About Acapela Group -

Acapela Group, the leading voice expert, invents text to speech solutions to give your content a voice in up to 30 languages and helps its customers to build their 'Voice strategy', to add audible value to their services and applications through the spoken word.
Acapela speech solutions enable any written text to be turned into natural speech files, using any of the 60 High Quality standard voices or an organization's/company's own synthesized voice talent - produced through Acapela Voice Factory - for improved market recognition and audio-brand visibility. Over 1000 companies around the world have already adopted Acapela high quality voices to voice-empower their products and services, in very different markets.
Check out, Acapela Group's sparkling laboratory with over 75 million talking cards created and shared, the Acapela on-line service for smart vocalization  and  to develop talkative apps, for easy all-rights-included, on-demand, sound file production
and  for audio publishing on the cloud.

SOURCE Acapela Group