Jiveworld: Language Learning 12+

Learn how it's really spoken

Jiveworld, SPC

Designed for iPad

    • 4.8 • 324 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Understand real-world Spanish in all the ways it's spoken across Latin America, with stories from the award-winning Radio Ambulante podcast.

US Patents 10,984,667; 11,551,568 B2

Learn to hear and understand a language naturally, like a native speaker. Jiveworld's interactive audio player — something you won't find anywhere else — focuses your ear so you can understand real-world accents at natural speeds, and build a robust colloquial vocabulary. Jiveworld fills a crucial gap for intermediate-level learners who've hit the "sound barrier" — where the language they've learned in the classroom doesn't resemble what they encounter at street level.

Listening and understanding is the foundation for true fluency. You can spend years on drills, flashcards, and grammar study, only to stumble when you visit the country and encounter a native speaker: you can't understand the answer to the question you asked (where IS the bathroom?), you fear answering the phone, can't follow a story on the radio or TV, or engage in meaningful social interactions. You may miss things that a four-year-old local would catch.

The problem is that your ear has been trained on "slow language" — the artificial, curated speech used by teachers in most language study products. "Slow language" is not "real language". It's not even about the speed: rather it's about the local accents; the way sounds run together in natural speech; colloquial use of words; and how it all changes from region to region.

In Jiveworld, you're getting real language in its full complexity and beauty. At the heart of Jiveworld are the stories: beautiful audio narratives that pull you in and hold your attention. For example, for Jiveworld Español we teamed up with the award-winning Radio Ambulante podcast, bringing you tales of love and adventure, of soaring success, and sometimes devastating heartbreak.

Stories like these are perfect for building up your real-world listening because you're hearing the authentic language spoken in a variety of accents. At the same time, you are constantly exposed to the idiom — the language as it's really spoken — giving you useful models to mimic in your own speaking. Memorable stories — narratives where you connect deeply with the characters and their journey — make the language inside them more sticky, so you spend less time on drills and flashcards, and more time on exploring.

The challenge for the learner working with authentic spoken content is how to handle all the new information coming at you all at once, often spoken at a speed and in a style that you're not used to hearing.

Jiveworld offers you help as you listen, with speed controls, vocabulary, and notes about language and the cultural context. But the real magic lies in some unique features:
• Story Scaffolding — stories organized into chapters and passages, with succinct guides that help you follow the plot
• X-Ray Script — follow the script while you listen, karaoke style, but showing only the most difficult words
• Smart Pause — ensures you always listen in complete sentences, without stop-start in unnatural places
• Study Flow — after you study a chapter, relisten in the Natural Listening Player to reinforce the authentic sounds of the language
• Idiom to Idiom — wherever you see a translation, you'll see the most natural expression in both languages, showing you how your target language really works.

...and much more, all presented in a beautifully designed app for focused and productive study.

Practicing regularly with Jiveworld you will find yourself getting comfortable listening to native voices speaking at natural speed, and you will build up a robust vocabulary so you can handle yourself with confidence in any conversation.

What’s New

Version 7.0.0

Major ground-up redesign with many improvements, featuring:
• Native iPad support
• Minimalist layout that does more, and is easier to understand
• New actions for sentence level replay, and slow replay
• Natural listen mode — dark themed player for re-listening without distraction
• Smart Pause — encourages listening in complete sentences
• Explore the catalog with instant filters and categories
• Soundbites — daily mini-lessons in real-world listening (starting April 2023)
• (For Language Teachers) — access to scripts, activity guides, and classroom features

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
324 Ratings

324 Ratings

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Where has this been all my life

Omg, I am SO happy I found this app. Everything about it is amazing, from the stories, the artwork, the design, to the goal progress. It is everything an intermediate learner needs to truly advance. After reading about the philosophy behind this program, it completely makes sense why I've been studying Spanish for years and still struggle to understand natives. This has been missing the whole time! Like one of the other reviewers said, I am also a nurse and nurse practitioner and my patients always say they can understand me during clinic visits, but I get so incredibly frustrated that I can't fully understand them and have to bring in an interpreter to help me (which wastes valuable time).

This app makes learning so much more enjoyable and I find myself way more motivated to study with this method. After listening to 1 full story I got so excited and immediately bought the full membership. I take Spanish lessons via Skype with a native speaker at least twice a week but I love that I have this easily at my fingertips if I'm on my break at work or killing time to listen for a few minutes every day. I am so excited to see where my progress will be a few months to a year from now. Thank you so much for your genius in developing this app and thank you to NPR for these amazing stories!! You will not regret buying this app if you're serious about learning Spanish

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This app really is amazing for those trying to get comprehensible input. There are so many little features of design in this app that help improve your ability to focus on the dialogue. The fact that interviews are chopped up into 2 to 3 minute sections, that within each 2 to 3 minute segment there are further sections with summaries to orient you to the story. You have access to, but is otherwise hidden away, a full translation of the story, and when you request it, it pops up to that exact spot that corresponds to where you are instead of having to search for it. Having blanked out dashes for your eyes to follow really helps you focus on the audio. I find that when I listen to podcasts while going about my day as soon as the language gets a bit tricky it’s easy to lose focus and then you are lost, but the lines for your eyes follow really helps. Having available the option to keep track of vocabulary that you like as well as to export it to a spaced repetition app is also a very nice feature. There’s just a lot of thought that went into this that makes it very helpful.

rhw1213 ,

Latin American Spanish at its best

I have used LingQ and think it’s great. For my learning objectives now, which are to move solidly into upper intermediate and then advanced Spanish, Lupa is ideal. I am focusing on Latin American Spanish dialects and that’s what Lupa has. Nothing against Spain, that is just not my focus at this time. I combine the listening and vocabulary on Lupa with the transcripts on the Radio Ambulante website. Several points: Lupa breaks down the podcasts into manageable chunks, there are notes in Lupa about Latin American customs I would not otherwise know, and the transcripts are excellent. Lupa flags errors in the spoken interviews (even as a native English speaker I sometimes speak with an error or two). So I can even learn the correct way to say something or if an article was misused. So it flags that for me. I am planning to transition from LingQ to Lupa. Again though my focus is Spanish. LingQ has many other languages. Great app and worth the subscription in my opinion. Better if you are at the intermediate level.

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