Apps created by Glen Allen woman help children learn language skills

Apps created by Glen Allen woman help children learn language skills

GLEN ALLEN, VA (WWBT) - A Glen Allen woman has launched a series of educational apps that are now teaching children how to speak properly in 13 different languages. Apps are now being used by millions of families and schools all over the world.

The apps look like fun games, but children learn language skills while they play.

EFlashApps are a series of educational apps developed by Meeta Shah from her home in Glen Allen. She got the idea in 2009 when her then 18-month-old daughter started interacting with her iPhone.

"She was learning and hearing words and observing whatever was on the device," said Shah.  "And I felt like, why were we not using this device to teach her English?"

Originally from India, Shah admits she struggles with English and wanted her children to speak the language properly.

"I feel like this device could help her a lot because hearing the same pronunciations again and again, in the right away, she learned faster," said Shah.

She partnered with application developers and first created Baby Flash Cards, an app that quickly rose to one of the top educational applications in the iTunes App Store.

Shah says in just a few months, Baby Flash Cards had been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times all over the world.  That inspired her to launch the app in thirteen different languages.

"German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Mandarin," she listed some of them off.

Since then, the company has developed apps for older children as well, totaling 85 apps in 13 languages.

"We have games, we have Sightwords, we have Fun Park.  We are creating apps and simultaneously creating the rhyming," she said.

Many of the apps are on the EFlashApps YouTube channel, where they've been viewed millions of times by children, speech pathologists, and teachers.

Shah says she discovered that teachers in some local schools were using the apps when her children came home with them.

"A lot of schools, Henrico, California, all over the world," said Shah.

Many of the apps are free.  They have advertisements that can be removed for a $1.99 fee.  Shah says she doesn't want price to prevent any child from learning.

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