I was recently invited to beta test a French language program on a language learning website. (You can participate too – see below!)
The site, FluentU, consists of a wide variety of resources for multiple language levels: newbie, elementary, intermediate, upper intermediate, advanced, and native. As an advocate for the French language, and a former French teacher, I was intrigued and readily accepted.
There is a wide selection of movie trailers, songs, and other amusing videos of various topics – each one targeted to a particular level of language ability. But, what’s really impressive is the seamless integration of dialogue and grammar, included as a sub-title for each frame of the video (like watching a YouTube video with French subtitles). You can quickly pause each frame, to confirm your understanding of the spoken dialogue, or simply, to add a vocabulary word to a list for later review. There is also a corresponding, written dialogue for the video, so you have listening, grammar, and reading comprehension all in one!
The videos provide authentic conversational dialogue, including slang and colloquial language, for a “real life” language experience.
For each video, you get:
- French subtitles
- The translation for each French word as you hover your mouse over it
- A *SRS tool to learn vocabulary in a fun way
10 15 PRIVATE BETA INVITATIONS:
FluentU needs your help, as the program is consistently being developed and fine-tuned, to help make the site even better.
Invitations are now closed, so I invite you to sign up directly on the FluentU website!
They need more learners to test the system. They have asked me to give away
ten fifteen closed, beta invites to their service!
How? Just comment on this blog post with your email address OR email me at email@example.com and I’ll send the list to FluentU. This is open on a first come, first served basis.
* SRS stands for Spaced Repetition System, which manages the words for you and asks you to study them just before you start – this facilitates long term memorization.