Recommended Language Learning Resources

Multilingual Resources


FluentU Video Immersion

FluentU offers authentic videos with interactive captions and translations to help you learn French, Spanish, German, English, Chinese or Japanese. (Italian coming soon!) As you can see in the screenshots below, you can easily choose the difficulty level as well as the format of videos you are interested in: clips, movie trailers, commercials, etc. The transcript and translation appears below the video and hovering over a word also shows the translation of that word. FluentU recently released their iPad app if you are a mobile learner, with an Android app also in development.

 

There is currently a free option if you’d like to create an account to check out the videos and captions. The Basic plan, which includes unlimited watching and listening with interactive captions, only costs $15 per month. The Plus plan costs $30 per month and also includes unlimited personalized learn mode, courses, flashcard sets and PDF printouts of the transcripts. Also note that you have access to ALL languages on FluentU rather than only one language so it is great for learners of multiple languages.

 

Yabla Video Immersion

 

     

 

Yabla also provides authentic videos in various foreign languages. The videos come from a variety of sources, whether they are news reports, interviews, or just random scenes filmed in the country to illustrate authentic use of the language. Subtitles and translations appear under the video, which you can turn off if you’d like, and clicking on a word will search for its definition in the dictionary pane to the right.  You can also slow down the play back so the speech is slower, or put it on a loop to repeat a certain word or phrase.  Then you can choose the play game button to start the listening/cloze exercise and type in the missing word.

 

Yabla

 

Currently, there are six languages available: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and English as a Second Language. They’ve added a new flashcards feature, and the Spanish and French sites also have blogs of language lessons on grammar and vocabulary. All of the languages have hundreds of videos available, and the French site does have some Quebecois videos as well. Monthly subscriptions are $9.95 a month per course/language, with discounts for 6 or 12 month subscriptions ($54.95 or $99.95) with a 7 day money-back guarantee.  You can download many of the videos through the website or iTunes as well to take with you instead of watching them all online.

 

Interlinear Books: Foreign Books Made Easy

Learn to read languages with interlinear bilingual books that include the original language and an English translation below in a smaller font. Currently, the following languages are available: French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Swedish, Russian, Lithuanian, and Greek. Prices range from $12.99 to $29.99 and the e-books are available as PDFs and experimental EPUBs for easier viewing on mobile devices.

Interlinear Books   Interlinear Spanish   Interlinear Swedish

Babbel

BabbelBabbel is a language learning platform for desktop, mobile, and tablet with currently 14 languages available: Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Turkish, Polish, Indonesian, Danish, Norwegian and Russian. With interactive exercises and speech-recognition, Babbel will help you learn to speak, read, write and understand the language of your choice. Each language costs $12.95 per month, with a discount if you pay for more than one month at a time. For example, if you pay for twelve months at once, the cost is only $6.95 per month.

Babbel

There are many courses to choose from for each language. For Spanish, the courses are divided into the sections Beginner, Intermediate, Grammar, Listening & Speaking, Countries & Traditions, Specials and Words & Sentences. Instead of just focusing on basic vocabulary and grammar, the courses also include cultural information, regional variations, and colloquial language. (I am currently working through the Spanish courses and will post a full review on the blog soon.)

Learn languages with Babbel. Signup for a subscription for as low as $6.95/month Babbel 


Language-Specific Resources


French Today

 

French Today - Master The Modern French Language

 

French Today offers audiobooks and audio lessons to help you learn to understand and speak modern 21st century French.


If you need help with motivation in learning languages and building confidence in speaking languages, try some resources at Fluent in 3 Months:

     



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Learn languages with videos and subtitles at FluentU

FluentU offers authentic videos in French, Spanish, German, English, Chinese and Japanese. Learn from captions and translations and enjoy access to ALL languages!

Learn languages with videos and subtitles at Yabla

Learn Spanish, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and English with authentic videos by Yabla that include subtitles and translations.



Learn languages by reading Interlinear Books

Learn to read languages with interlinear bilingual books that include the original language and an English translation below in a smaller font.

Udemy Language Learning Courses

Hundreds of free and paid online language learning video courses at Udemy. By native speakers and experts, from Arabic to Zulu.






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