The Languages of Smartick and Their Variable Dialects
Smartick allows you to perform exercises, participate in the resolution of our interactive tutorials, and practice with the games in SmartickBrain in two base languages: English and Spanish.
English is the official language of approximately 67 countries and Spanish is spoken in another 20. And these languages differ in pronunciation, spelling, and even words depending on what part of the world we’re in! So which of these variants do we offer in Smartick?
Different dialects of English
Although numbers are the protagonists of math, dialects differ significantly between the English spoken in the U.S and the U.K, for example. We’ve implemented these differences in the exercises in order to adapt as much as possible to the diversity of the different countries across the world.
“GB” refers to the English used in the territory of the United Kingdom, with adaptations and expressions unique to British English. In the same way, we also offer English adapted to South Africa, which covers any Anglophone country situated on the African continent such as Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Cameroon, etc. You’ll notice that the default accent for the audios is British, given that there is no standard for African English.
You’ve probably seen that when you start a daily session you can choose from three variants of English: GB, US, and SA. If you choose GB English, the vocabulary and audios will be completely adapted to ensure any child from the UK (from Land’s End to John o’ Groats) will feel comfortable with the language and understand the expressions we use. On the other hand, if you choose US English, you’ll see that the vocabulary and audios are adapted for American English.
When talking about American English, we are referring to the English spoken in the United States of America, for which we adapt expressions and audios where needed. We also adapt curricular differences such as decimal separators and the different ways numbers are defined.
Different dialects of Spanish
The differences within the Spanish language is very similar to what we’ve seen with English. In this case, we offer five variants of Spanish: from Spain, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru.
If you choose Spanish from Spain, the vocabulary and audios are adapted for children across Spain. If you choose Spanish from one of the Latin American countries, you’ll see that the vocabulary and audios are offered in “International” Spanish. International, or “neutral”, Spanish, is a standard variant that unifies expressions and pronunciations, although we make small adaptations depending on each country.
However, it’s very important to know that any of these variants are available to you no matter what part of America you’re in, be it Argentina, Uruguay, Cuba or even the United States. We’re sure you won’t have any difficulty understanding our exercises and tutorials thanks to International Spanish.
So if you live in an Anglophone country, you can choose any of the options we offer that best suits your culture and way of expressing yourself. Of course, if you speak other languages, such as French, Portuguese, German, etc, and you want to take on our exercises in any of the 8 dialects we offer, create a Smartick account and practice math with us!
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