Watching TV or films in the language you are trying to learn is a great way to learn a new language for free. The problem is, you are thrown straight in at the deep end and it can be really difficult to keep up. Luckily, there’s an even better way to learn languages with videos that gives you the best of both worlds– thanks to Yabla.
Using Yabla’s video technology, you can watch interesting videos including television, music videos, drama, interviews, travel, and Yabla exclusive shoots from throughout the world, and at a speed that’s comfortable for you. Their video player technology changes the pitch of the voice speaking so it doesn’t sound all deep and strange when you slow it down like when VCR machines used to chew up your tapes. If it’s too easy, just speed it up again. Or if you want to follow along with subtitles in your native language (as well as in the language you’re learning), no problem!
But it’s not just videos, Yabla makes sure you understand the language with fun games and exercises to do after you’ve watched them. If you don’t understand a word, just click on it and the interactive dictionary will quickly help you.
Yabla began with its flagship product LoMas TV for learning Spanish (it offers Spanish-language learning videos for both adults and children) but has since branched out into English, French and German learning programs. It’s unique selling point is the fact you can slow down the player and not lose sound quality, but with more and more videos and languages being added, is looking like it could be a really comprehensive resource.
Unfortuantely, Yabla isn’t free, but compared to other language-learning software packages it’s not too bad at just $9.95 a month (with cheaper deals for six-month or annual subscriptions). And considering they have to licence the content (top music videos and TV dramas), it’s actually quite reasonable. Visit their site now (choose from the links below for the language you want to learn) for a free trial of their language-learning videos. What have you got to lose?
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