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* Finalist for the BestAppEver Award: Toddler Apps *

The best-selling reading game for kids has gotten even better! We've added more words, more languages, and phonics. First Words Deluxe provides endless fun for the toddlers in your life, all while giving your child a head start on learning their letters and learning to spell words.

Now with Spanish, French, German, Japanese, plus US and UK English.

First Words Deluxe is toddler-tested and approved, with a user-interface designed specifically for the littlest of fingers. The game includes over 150 words in five kid-friendly categories:

** Animals **
** Vehicles **
** Colors **
** Shapes **
** Words from around the house **

(Fewer words are shown when the phonics option is selected, because many English words are not spelled phonetically. A total of 68 phonics words are included.)

A wide range of options let you tune the game to match your child's current skills and abilities.

If your child is old enough to ask for your phone, they're old enough for First Words Deluxe!

Here's what educators and reviewers have said about our First Words apps:

“First Words is an app that teaches letters and words in fun and interactive way. Very easy to use these apps will help support your little ones learning with great illustrations and bright colors. Each app supports kids learning and encourages kids to explore and discover by revealing, rewarding and teaching.”
-- Fun Educational Apps

“Excellent - As a teacher, I love this game! Just what technology was meant to do!”
-- iTunes Review

“This app has great settings that let you control the level of difficulty for the child – either with lots of hints or almost none at all. The letters slide nicely into each word and when completed the child is rewarded by having the pictured animal enlarge and animate briefly.”
--Carisa Kluver at Digital Stortyime

“First Words Deluxe is a very straightforward word-building game. Words are either said letter by letter as they are dragged into the appropriate gray boxes or, if chosen in the settings, a smaller set of words can be sounded out with phonics. This makes this game a treat for both pre-readers and early spellers.”
--Common Sense Media

“Looking to guide your toddler towards recognizing letters and how to spell words up to eight letters long? Then First Words Deluxe might be just what you are looking for. This pre-reader and spelling application encourages vocabulary development in a wide range of categories such as: vehicles, animals, at home, colors, and shapes.”
--Andrea Gardner at Applicable2u

"First Words is a great app -- as I said at the time, 'Leo loves First Words because it's fun and easy. I love it because he's learning to spell words, and the interface makes that learning error-free.'"
---Shannon Des Roches Rosa at Squidalicious

*** We love getting feedback from our users. If you have questions or comments, please send them to info@learningtouch.com. ***

 $4.99 in iOS App Store


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Version History

Launched Nov 05, 2009 (over 9 years ago).

Releasing new versions every 5 months, on average.

May 29
Version 7.1

Support for iPhone X and latest iPad Pro models.

Feb 16
Version 7.0.1

Minor internal changes.

Mar 16
Version 7.0

Added native support for the iPad Pro.

Oct 10
Version 6.0

This is our biggest update in years. We now have five languages: Spanish, German, French, Japanese, plus English with your choice of US or UK accents.

We've optimized the app display for new device sizes.

Parent gates ensure that your little ones won't get into parts of the app where they don't belong.

Plus additional options for tuning the app and bug fixes.

We love getting your feedback. Please let us know what you like about First Words Deluxe and what you'd like to see in the future.

Mar 04
Version 5.6

** Added the much-requested British accent and vocabulary option!
** Added a parent gate to prevent kids from accidentally accessing things they shouldn't.
** Removed in-app purchasing.

*** Please let us know what you'd like to see in future updates. We'd love to hear from you! ***

Dec 05
Version 5.5

With this update, we've added support for the larger display on the iPhone 5.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at info@learningtouch.com if you have a question or need support.

Thank you for supporting Learning Touch! Please rate our app in the App Store.

Aug 20
Version 5.4

Thanks to your feedback, we've made First Words Deluxe better than ever!

★ With this update we've fixed a bug that prevented sounds and speech from playing in some circumstances. You can now also adjust the volume of the speech in the game more easily.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at info@learningtouch.com if you have a question or need support.

Thank you for supporting Learning Touch! Please rate our app in the App Store.

Jun 20
Version 5.3

Thank you for writing to us with your ideas and feedback-- please keep it coming!

★ In this update we alert users that fewer words are shown when you switch to phonics. This happens because many English words aren't spelled phonically, for example words with silent letters. Those words (often called "sight words") are excluded when you choose the phonics option.
★ Make sure to check out the options menu! There are lots of ways to customize the app to meet the needs of your child, including a new option to hear the word before spelling it.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at info@learningtouch.com if you have a question or need support.

Thank you for supporting Learning Touch! Please rate our app in the App Store.

Jan 17
Version 5.2

-We've moved access to in-app purchasing to the options screen in response to your feedback. Thanks for letting us know your thoughts!
-You can now set the longest word length to 3 on the iPad.

Nov 03
Version 5.1

* We cleaned up the home screen in response to your feedback. Thanks for letting us know your thoughts! You can now find the phonics and language selections by tapping on the options icon.

* We've added support for words up to 10 letters long. Be on the lookout for more challenging word sets in the store!

Sep 26
Version 5.0

* In-App Purchasing! Now you can add more word sets to FirstWords: Deluxe from inside the app. The first sets available are Clothes, Food, and Spanish-language words. More will be coming soon. Let us know what you'd like to see!

* Thanks to feedback from parents, we've made customizing game options like phonics and letter order easier with the newly organized options menu.

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Jul 11
Version 4.1

* We appreciate your feedback! Our latest update includes several bug fixes to make the app more stable and enjoyable for your child.
* Grrr! New sound effect added for the bear cub!
* Plus: Finding more Learning Touch games is now easy! Just click "More Games."

Apr 25
Version 4.0

* Phonics! You can now use phonics (speech sounds) rather than letter names when playing the game.
* More words! 27 new words, with an emphasis on words that are great for learning phonics.
* New option: choose between serif and sans serif font.
* New option: disable auto-advance, so your child can see the picture and completed word before advancing to the next word.

Dec 13
Version 2.0.2

** Bug fix for iOS 3.1.3 and earlier.

** If you like FirstWords: Deluxe please write a review in iTunes and rate the current version to help spread the word!

Dec 03
Version 2.0.1

* Fix audio problems on iOS 4
* Option to play words from shortest to longest

Sep 24
Version 2.0

* Supports multitasking in iOS 4.0 and 4.1
* Fixes volume-control bug running under iOS 4.1
* Letters don't jiggle when letter hints are turned off
* Fixes intermittent hang when starting up

May 18
Version 1.6

* Universal version now supports the iPad with high-resolution graphics.
* Tap a letter target and the corresponding letter tile wiggles.

Mar 12
Version 1.5.1

* New word: Rocket!
* New option to control word difficulty
* New option to control spelling speed
* Improved interface makes it harder to accidentally skip a word
* Tapping an object now tells you its name
* Tapping a letter target now says the letter
* Improved Forest background
* Removed misleading localization info

Jan 14
Version 1.5

* More animals, vehicles, colors, shapes, and words from around the house. 38 new words in total!

* New font with improved lowercase 'a' for beginning readers.

* New backgrounds for Farm and Forest.

* New button to vote for FirstWords: Deluxe in the BestAppEver awards.

Nov 05
Version 1.4

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