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Chicago, IL, United States, 2008/10/24 - Introducing children to second language early lays a solid foundation for strong communication skills, and supports an appreciation of cultural diversity. Tech-savvy parents can now use smart phones to encourage their child’s interest in languages.
The recently released eBook, Buddy the Bus: There’s Always Tomorrow, a mobile application developed by iOrbi, LLC for the iPhone and iPod touch allows children to read and listen to the Buddy story in five languages — English, Spanish, French, German and Japanese.
“We liked the idea of offering parents a way to use their iPhone or iPod touch as a vehicle to introduce their children to different languages. While not meant in any way to replace more formal foreign language instruction, Buddy is a cute story that can be a great technique to open the door to languages for kids.” says Don Way, Managing Partner, iOrbi, LLC.
In addition to listening to the Buddy the Bus story in one of the five pre-recorded languages, parents that download the application onto their iPhone may also choose to create a customized recording of the story in their own voice. Way says, “… the record option really lets parents and kids make the story their own.”
iOrbi plans to release more stories in the Buddy series over the next several months, and will continue to offer the stories in several languages based on customer response. “We want to ensure that the languages that we offer are those that people want, and we look forward to customer feedback”, says Way.
Buddy the Bus: There’s Always Tomorrow can be downloaded on the iTune App Store. Search for Buddy the Bus.
About iOrbi, LLC
iOrbi, LLC (iOrbi.com) is a Chicago-based technology company specializing in the delivery of smartphone content and functionality to consumers within the Education, Healthcare, and Lifestyle segments. iOrbi also supports B2B partners with mobile marketing and 3rd party content distribution through its content engine, AppInHand.