Congratulations to Irene Sun! You are the winner of the FluentU contest! Hope you are able to make the most out of it. Thanks for entering! The contest is now closed.
I’m someone who loves finding authentic content in the target languages I’m learning. It truly motivates you to keep going when you have access to materials that are not only useful but engage with you as well.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could use a popular medium such as YouTube to learn your target language?
That’s exactly what FluentU has to offer!
How Does FluentU Work?
FluentU uses immersion based learning with authentic content found on YouTube. Each clip is relatively short and includes useful phrases and vocabulary you need to improve your language skills. These videos portray how the language is spoken in a more natural context.
You’re probably asking yourself: “Why should I bother with FluentU when I can just go to YouTube, Dailymotion, Veoh, etc and just watch these videos there?”
Watching a FluentU video allows you to have subtitles of the target language directly below the video. This also includes being able to hover over every single word to determine how it functions in the sentence.
They allow you to reinforce the material learned by breaking down the source material into bite-sized pieces to help you understand how a particular word or phrase is broken down. You’re also given multiple choice quizzes to help you translate the source material.
Reinforce Vocabulary Through An SRS (Spaced Repetition System)
For those of you who follow Khatzumoto (All Japanese All The Time) will be quite familiar with the idea of using an SRS to learn vocabulary. He mentions it quite often and offers fantastic insight and techniques on how to effectively use an SRS.
But Koko I don’t know what an SRS is!
An SRS (Spaced Repetition System) is an online version of what you would do with flashcards. Think of it as Flashcards 2.0. You fill out each card with the new vocabulary word you learned and then add its definition and an example sentence to go along with it. Okay, you don’t necessarily need the example sentence but it would be beneficial to know which context to use it in. 😉
It appears that you can only learn Chinese (Mandarin), English, Spanish and French at the moment. If you’re learning any of these language then I would highly recommend you check out FluentU. Especially if you enjoy learning languages through authentic content and immersion.
Win An Invite To Access FluentU’s Private Beta
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What Do You Think Of FluentU?
Have you tried FluentU before? Did FluentU help you improve your Chinese, English, French and/or Spanish? Were you able to stay motivated learning those languages knowing the content was authentic? Let me know your thoughts!