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“Aa Match Preschool Alphabet” is a premium Mac alphabet learning game for preschoolers. If your children love letters and the alphabet song, they will love this game.
The game consists of matching lower case letters to their capital letters. The letters announce their sound when revealed and there is also a fun animation and sound made when the match occurs.
Once all the matches are made you get treated to a sweet version of the alphabet song, that plays continuously until your preschoolers decide to replay the game, so they can sing along for as long as they like.
Special care is taken to make the game’s interface extremely simple and avoid adding options and menus that would catch your child’s attention and diminish the educational quality of the game.
The Game will open in full screen mode and hide all menus and the dock, so your child can only play the game and cannot exit it until you decide so. Both right click and left click will work the same within the game, so your child will not be frustrated by clicking on the wrong side of the mouse.
If you are learning English this is also a great way to learn correct English spelling. Aa match is made in the UK so expect a slight british accent.
The current version uses the American pronunciation of the letter Z. An update with the option of using the British version (Zed instead of Zee) will be available within 2 weeks, due to popular demand.
There are two versions of this game on the iOS App Store, an iPhone/iPod touch version and a HD iPad version (Universal).
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easy to alter
if you have a problem with this app - as I do with the pronunciation of 'h' and 'z' and the song for my british-tongued children, it's easy to alter to suit your needs.
Right (control) click on the app, and then look in contents:resources. You'll find the sounds and songs there, in aif format. Open your favourite audio recorder - quicktime player in snow leopard works fine - and make the new sounds yourself. Save them as '.aif' files, and label them as they are in the resources folder, and swap them over. Voila! Your kids now not only have aussie/yank/brit pronunciation guides, but in YOUR voice too! How cool is that?!
As one person posted, you could also change the files so they reflect letter sounds and not names, too.
I would recommend moving the file out of the apps folder, or locking it, but for sure back it up, as if/when it's updated, you will probably lose all your hard work.
The basis of the app though is just great, so a big thanks to the developer. They cannot of course make this to please everyone, as there are just too many accents around, so if you don't like it as it already is, now you know how to alter it.
Hope it helps, and that this post doesn't offend the developers.
Aa Match Pre-School Alphabet
Have just downloaded this App and had a quick go myself so will reserve full judgement until the kids have a go on it later. Having said that, this appears to be a very simple, yet effective version of a memory card game which in my opinion works relatively well. My only one critisism is that the British producers of this App have sold out to the US market by using the American vocalised version of the letter 'Z' i.e. 'Zee' instead of the correct pronounciation 'Zed'. All in all not bad, but spoiled by the mispronounciation. Perhaps they ought to consider making two versions - one proper and one for the US market.
Left looking after my little girl for a bit I scouted for some fun apps, she's very young but loves watching and listening… This along with the developer's animal match app is absolutely brilliant, and free for OSX.
Those complaining about letter pronunciation, get over yourselves, turn sound off and talk to your kid, then you can have a brilliant visual aid along with whatever sounds you wish to make.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.