Accelerates learning to read English in just 15 minutes a day. Suitable for early readers with a reading age of 6-9 and all learners of the English language. Personalises the learning and teaches perfect pronounciation.

Teaches readers to use and say 92 high-frequency ‘written sounds’ as they read unknown words. (‘st’ in ‘stop’; ‘l’ in ‘look’ are examples of ‘written sounds’). Contains over 1800 practice words with learners being constantly and discretely checked until learning is secure. Uses a synthetics phonics approach and formative assessment.

Has been scientifically designed and proven by independent research carried out in the UK to be 2.8 more effective than other methods.*

Easy, and fun to use with stunning artwork and is set in the imaginary world of Lumos to foster creativity. Rapid improvement in just 15 minutes a day.

Uses graphics, speech files and videos to ensure long term retention, and perfect pronunciation.

Employs clever algorithms to teach learners only what they need to know.

Allows learners to progress at their own pace and carries on teaching until learning is secure.

*Proven results

A study was carried out in St John’s Green School, Essex, United Kingdom with a sample size of sixty one children in Year 3 aged between 8-9 years old. A group used Sounds English Phonics in the classroom during the school day and was scheduled to spend fifteen minutes a day using the app over 20 school days (a 30 day period), within their scheduled standard literacy class.

Sounds English Phonics was 2.8 times more effective than the standard programme within the study period of only 30 days.

The majority of students using Sounds English Phonics gained more than 1 year in reading age in the test period. The average gain amongst this test group was 11 months. Every student in the test group improved their reading age.

Additionally, 42% of children in the test group learnt all 92 written sounds within 15 school days and 100% learnt all 92 in 20 school days.


“Sounds English Phonics is an excellent product which was complementary to our existing teaching programme. I would recommend the app as part of a teacher’s armoury and believe it is a very useful addition for all children learning to read, that can be used either at school or in the home. ” Robert Eves, Grade 3 Teacher, St John’s Green School, Essex

"I'm sitting with my 6-year old nephew and his mom. His school was concerned that Greg's reading was not at the level they expected. My sister had purchased Zaprendo, that's how I was first introduced. Watching Greg tonight I was really fascinated. He was truly using a phonetic approach with the words. I need to say again, more than ever that I am blown away by your approach." SW, Teacher and former Principal, NC, USA

"This app has been extremely well produced. It is clear to see from both the app itself but also via the developer’s website as well as from the content within the app. Unlike some literacy and phonic apps that claim that they do make a difference this developer has spent time undertaking research in school settings to make sure their app not only meets the needs of schools and the users but that it does have some benefit. It is ‘small’ aspects like this from a developer that really gives confidence in an app when you are choosing between so many apps in such a saturated market especially when school budgets are tight and they are looking to maximise the resources that they do purchase." Educational App Store

"Graphically it’s stunning. At 7 years old my daughter was struggling with her phonics. This app has helped my daughter where all other aids failed" Mark Folkard, UK

“This is an amazing app. I started it with my 9 year old daughter who I thought was a good reader. When she started I noticed gaps in her reading ability immediately.” - S McGurgan

The best app for kids for building phonics awareness" BP Atlanta

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What’s New

Version 1.90

We've added a free trial, a schools login, fixed a few bugs and done lots of optimisation! To find out how Sounds English Phonics can rapidly improve reading and pronunciation in English download our app and give it a go! Suitable for a reading age of 6-9 and all EAL learners! Do check out our school based research study which showed our approach to be a massive 2.8 times more effective than other methods! For more information, questions, teacher training & VPP enquiries email us on


Zaprendo Ltd
579.3 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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In-App Purchases
  1. Permanent Content Unlock £21.99


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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