FLUENTU; A NEW WEBSITE AND MOBILE APP (ALL LEVELS)
FluentU is a new website and iPhone /Android app that offers a platform where you can access video clips in your target language based on your level in the language with double subtitles (target language and English).
FluentU comes both in freemium and 2 premium versions (US$8 or US$18/month). At the moment, the following languages are available English, French, Spanish, German, Chinese and Japanese.
I tried out Spanish on the desktop and German on the iPhone app. So was FluentU’s content able to keep my interest and teach me some Spanish and German?
FluentU first asks you to select your level in the language so that it can filter the content you receive in your feed. As I already speak Spanish and German so I selected the “advanced” and “native” levels so the video clips I watched were about the same difficulty as what I normally watch on TV. You can easily skip between the sections of the video clip which is like having an ‘instant reply’ button in case you missed something the first time around.
Basically FluentU provides you with the video content from YouTube that matches your level in the target language. There is also a ‘learn’ feature for each video that trains you to understand the vocabulary that might be tricker for you in the video you are about to watch. Finally, the platform also allows you the send new words to a ‘flashcard’ collection for later review.