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This 13-year-old helps kids around the world learn languages


Apps for kids usually fall into two categories: educational, which can immediately put kids off, or games, which most parents don’t want their children wasting time doing. Hong Kong teenager Hillary Yip decided to do something about this – she designed an app where children from around the world can simply hang out and chat, helping each other learn their own language.

Designed by a kid for kids, Minor Mynas provides a safe place for children to practice language-learning in a live environment. Hillary has an even grander ambition: she hopes the openness of children can lead to a world of fewer cultural misunderstandings and negative stereotypes.

Video by Christopher Cherry. Additional editing by Bernadette Young.

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