Google Bolo: Ideal reading tutor for your kid

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08 Mar 2019

#AppReview: Will Google Bolo app help your kid learn Hindi/English?

In rural India, kids don't always get the education support system they need.

They fail to find proper, not to mention affordable, tutors and find it hard to learn the basic concepts of language.

But now, there is Google Bolo, an app that can help your kid read and understand Hindi and English with utmost ease.

We tried Bolo, and here's what we think.

Working

An app tailor-made for young children

An app tailor-made for young children

Bolo can be described as a digital reading tutor for elementary school kids.

The app leverages Google's speech recognition and text-to-speech capabilities to walk children through different stories.

It offers 90 stories - 40 in English, 50 in Hindi - and a teaching buddy named Diya to help kids read every single line.

Diya also offers word-by-word pronunciations and meanings at the same time.

Interface

Easy-to-use interface for parents with no sign-up

The best part about Google Bolo is that it involves no sign-up and interacts in Hindi.

Parents just have to download the app and follow some on-screen instructions to go to the home screen, where a session timer and a list of five stories are presented to start with.

Notably, the main page has two more tabs: 'Library' to explore/download more stories and 'Rewards'.

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Diya helps at every point

Diya, which appears at the bottom right, will repeat what you have selected. For instance, if you select a story, it will say the story's name and begin. The teaching buddy speaks just as well as a real tutor.

Reading

Reading a story in Bolo

Reading a story in Bolo

In every Bolo story, a kid can read the sentence and the app will mark them in green.

Missed words will be marked in black while those pronounced incorrectly will be highlighted in red.

And, if the kid isn't able to read a sentence, he/she can tap on 'Diya' who will then read the full sentence with proper pronunciations/meanings to help them learn, repeat.

Plus, Diya will also explain words

Also, if a kid finds it hard to speak a particular word, he/she can tap on it to call Diya for help. In Hindi stories, she will spell the word slowly while in English, she will spell the word and offer its Hindi meaning.

Engaging stuff

Also, there are rewards, games for kids

Along with the regular reading stuff, Bolo app also offers a bunch of reading and word games to keep children entertained.

Plus, for every correctly read story or successfully solved game, the kids will be given in-app rewards and badges as incentives.

This can keep the kid motivated to return to the app - another smart move from Google.

Our opinion

All in all, Bolo is the right app for learning

All in all, Bolo is the right app for learning

In our opinion, Google has got everything right with Bolo.

The app offers a clean engaging interface, Hindi language support, and an interactive digital assistant to help kids improve their reading and comprehension skills.

Plus, as it is so easy-to-use, kids can open and navigate Bolo on their own, following which parents can track their progress.

So, clearly, well done Google!

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Most asked questions

Bolo app is only available in India or any other country? App Trick Talks

Is Google Bolo free to download?

Are the stories in Bolo app free?

How many stories are these in Bolo app?

Will Google add more stories?

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Bolo app is only available in India or any other country? App Trick Talks

Asked 2019-04-11 11:58:48 by Yagnik Acharya

Answered by NewsBytes

No, Google Bolo is only available for Indians as of now.

Is Google Bolo free to download?

Asked 2019-03-08 19:36:10 by Devansh Powar

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, Google Bolo can be downloaded for free from Google Play Store.

Are the stories in Bolo app free?

Asked 2019-03-08 19:36:10 by Ayaan Shah

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, all the stories in Bolo app are free to download and read.

How many stories are these in Bolo app?

Asked 2019-03-08 19:36:10 by Shaurya Mehra

Answered by NewsBytes

As of now, Bolo app has 90 stories, with 40 being in English and 50 in Hindi.

Will Google add more stories?

Asked 2019-03-08 19:36:10 by Navya Chauhan

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, Google has said it plans to add more partners to add more stories in the Bolo app.

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