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Tired of boring language learning textbooks? FluentU brings languages to life with real-world interactive videos!
Learn to read and speak Spanish, French, English, Mandarin Chinese, German, Japanese, Russian, Korean and Italian with FluentU.
FluentU turns music videos, movie trailers, news and inspiring talks into an amazing language learning experience. Experience an immersive education that teaches you to speak and comprehend new languages in a natural way.
Now you can learn a new language while connecting with the culture. No matter what your skill level or interest, FluentU has you covered.
LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE
- Immerse yourself in a foreign language to understand how it’s used
- Connect with the language through real-world videos
- Quiz yourself on the vocabulary
- Learn to speak the language instead of scripted phrases
- Stay motivated to learn each day
WATCH, LISTEN & LEARN
- Put the textbooks away and learn from experience
- Watch videos with subtitles and translations to learn the language
- Tap on any word or phrase to learn its meaning
- Add words to your vocabulary list for review
- Listen to audio dialogues to gain an understanding of the language
- Look up any word and see how it’s used in a sentence
- Search content by title or grammar and vocabulary points
- Chinese (Mandarin)
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"Great app. To my knowledge the best on the market. You created something unique and new!"
- Felix Wedel
"It is more helpful than any other tool I've used. I had been using podcasts before and trying to make flashcards, and that worked pretty well. But it ended up that I was spending more time making the flashcards than studying. FluentU really solves this."
- David Brown
"FluentU has quickly become one of my favorite language-learning tools. Great job on an aesthetically pleasing app and an incredibly functional one."
- Justin Price
"This concept in FluentU is amazing. It's such a great way to help you understand a spoken language and the way you break it down is amazing."
- Demi Pradolin
"This app is so fun and useful - the best Chinese language learning app I've ever used."
- Richard Jun
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Bug fixes and performance improvements
Ratings and Reviews
Technically works, but buggy and janky
Don’t expect any UI polish.
- Images pop in and out as you scroll.
- Audio will only sometimes play while the app is in the background.
- Forward/backward controls put the subtitles out of sync with the audio.
- Dragging the week slider has random effects on the player, including jumping you right past the quiz to the next lesson.
- At the end of a video, the final subtitle is replaced with the first subtitle.
- Sometimes videos play twice and I’m not sure it’s on purpose.
- Tapping a word makes the whole screen jump left for no perceivable reason, then it shows the definition after a pause.
- No clear instruction on what to do when a course is up for review… everything just turns orange, but only some orange buttons make it blue again.
- Subtly different interaction than on the web, so switching between the two is confusing. (For example, some videos on the web are audio-only on iOS.)
- Two loading spinners appear on the screen at a time sometimes.
- No loading spinners have cancel buttons.
- Going back one screen often resets your scroll position so you lose your place.
But hey, it hasn’t crashed yet, and it gets the job done.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate it! If you encounter any further errors, please report them directly via the app by shaking your device. We'd love to look into them.
Great app for learning typical everyday language
I have been trying to teach myself Chinese for years and this app really helped me stick with it consistently. I find it easy to use. What I like most about it is it teaches common ways of saying things, the stuff you hear on the street or on TV shows (which is a big reason I’m learning Chinese).
This is an invaluable adjunct learning tool. It tests you on writing, but I still supplement w Skritter to get the strokes correct, and I still read textbooks to get the reasoning behind grammar clear. But to drill into your mind the common ways people normally speak, this is where to go do you don’t get bogged down academically. Sometimes you just have to practice building sentences without thinking too much about what goes where so that it’s more reflexive and natural rather than intellectual.
The only downside is when I’m not on WiFi, the movie clips take forever to load.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for your feedback, we really appreciate it! :)
Great if used correctly
This app gives you many advantages that others don’t, but it can feel overwhelming to beginners. A few tips:
1) Study the tones first. Train yourself to hear the tones and see if you can type the pinyin on your keyboard based on what you heard. Mimic the tones you hear. This app speaks them very slowly at first so you can hear the tone, then repeats it at a normal pace. DO NOT study with pinyin because you will use it like a crutch and it will really slow down your character recognition pace.
2) Do one playlist per day, don’t go crazy. Language learning isn’t a race, it’s not even a marathon; it’s a lifelong commitment. If you learn even 10 words per day and you learn them very well, then by the end of a year you will at least have basic conversational fluency. Learning 20, 30, 40 words per day will test your memorization ability, but it won’t improve your language skill.
3) Open your mouth! Repeat the words you hear in the exercises. If you’re not doing this, you’re skipping a very important exercise of these lessons. In the “audio” portions of the lessons, let it run and repeat a few times while repeating the words each time. They’re usually less than a minute, so it goes quick. Aim for 7-10 repeats before doing the quiz.
Developer Response ,
Thank you so much for the kind words and the tips for our users! We're so glad FluentU is working for you. :)
- FluentFlix Limited
- 196.7 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Japanese, Korean, Spanish
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
- Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
- © FluentFlix Limited
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.