FluentU - Learn languages

FluentU - Learn languages

Developed by FluentU

  • Category: Education
  • Release Date: 2015-05-30
  • Current Version: 1.5.0
  • Adult Rating: 12+
  • File Size: 101.74 MB
  • Developer: FluentU
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
  • App Ratings:
    4.5/5 ( 1,644 Reviews)
  • Price:
    Free
FluentU - Learn languages App Ratings: 4.5
4.5
Based on 1,644 Reviews
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FluentU - Learn languages App Description

Tired of boring textbooks? FluentU brings language learning to life with real-world videos! Learn Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, German, Japanese, English, Russian, Korean, and Italian with FluentU. "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 Learn a language with music videos, movie trailers, news, and inspiring talks. No matter what your skill level or interest, we've got you covered. FluentU turns fun videos into amazing language learning experiences. FluentU premium is available as a monthly ($29.99 for Plus) or yearly subscription ($239.99 for Plus). If you enjoy FluentU, do nothing and your membership will automatically continue for as long as you choose to remain a member. You can easily cancel anytime, online, 24 hours a day. Just sign up to get started! If you subscribe via iTunes: Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase. Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal. Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase. Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable. Privacy policy: http://www.fluentu.com/privacy/ Terms of Use: http://www.fluentu.com/terms/

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App Reviews

  • Really helpful

    5
    By voibest
    The best I've had so far
  • Best language app out there.

    5
    By Guron II
    As the title implies, this is probably the best app for anybody committed to learning a new language. Totally worth the money, you can learn so much from even the littlest of practice.
  • Great app

    5
    By Mila0822
    I have learned so much in two weeks and can speak the new language more fluently. I thoroughly enjoy this app.
  • Terrible

    1
    By Violetpolkadots
    I deleted this app 2 months ago only to find it was a subscription last month to be charged another $30 so I deleted the subscription and let it slide until this month they charged me again! Do not download/subscribe to this!
  • Very good, but some translation errors

    4
    By 死のオタク
    Pretty good ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • Crashes but has a lot of potential

    2
    By Picky Mickey
    Currently running 1.4.8 on iPhone 7plus with iOS 11.0.3. App crashes often particularly when doing quizzes. I tried Fluent U in the past on a PC but the lack of an app prevented me from purchasing the full content. Instead, I used Duo Lingo, which is not nearly as immersive and doesn’t support Chinese but has a very robust app for iPhone. If the crashes can be minimized, I will likely purchase the full content to aid in learning German and Chinese.
  • A decent way to learn a language, but...

    3
    By RuolingOnARiver
    ...$30/month feels costly when Duolingo is free and their practice/review interface is way easier to use. That being said, this is way better and more relevant to actually learning a language than any textbook (average cost: US$50-$100+) out there. Textbooks get locked into teaching you very specific grammar and vocabulary and using only those words. As I quickly realized full force when I first moved to China, language doesn't exist in a vacuum. There are many different ways to find out where someone's from, or order food, or talk about your interests, so using a textbook holds you back big time when the day comes to really communicate with people. FluentU uses real content from the target language, aka, what you're gunna need to start understanding eventually if you ever plan on communicating with native speakers. Obviously that's the pitch that they make, but as a linguist and language teacher, I've learned that the most effective way to learn is through constant exposure to authentic texts - stories, recordings, essays, and videos - in the target language. This app does so from absolute beginner to a native level, and with a decent collection to chose from. Price-wise, it seems like a lot of money to dish out, but I say it depends on your goals. If you're the kind of person who already spends a few hours each week trying to learn a language, using this (especially if you use the "quiz" feature after watching the video) will do wonders for your listening and reading skills, in addition to boosting vocabulary IN CONTEXT! That being said, if you're just looking to watch videos every once in a while and maybe take note of a word here or there, most of the videos come from YouTube anyway, so you'd be better off using said free site. If you're jaw is still on the floor from the price, consider how much a language class costs. Obviously you have an instructor teaching you, conversing with you, correcting errors, and assigning homework, so you're less likely to just not study today, and tomorrow...but most classes even at community colleges in the US come out to some $15/class, plus transportation and textbooks. That's where that whole motivation thing comes in. Five years ago I'd have wasted my money if I'd gotten a subscription. If I wasn't in Chinese class then, I'd have stopped trying to learn, even if I was paying for this app. I also didn't understand the need to expose myself to authentic material all the time because I was caught in the "memorize the assigned textbook to learn" mindset. Now I live in Taiwan and use Chinese more than anything for communication. Instead of subjecting myself to overpriced, mind-numbing Chinese drill classes where I have to memorize vocabulary words outside of class anyway, I pull open this app when I'm waiting for the bus or bubble tea, and get chunks of listening and vocab practice in throughout the day, everyday. Things they need to improve: 1. Traditional/Simplified characters often get messed up (Chinese vers.). Also, just using the wrong characters, at least once/video. I shouldn't have to send in that many error reports on an app that's been around as long as this one. 2. words in lowercase at start of sentences and in uppercase in the middle, when they shouldn't be (all languages that use the Latin alphabet) 3. Distinguishing genders when translating a sentence (e.g. In Spanish, "This is the teacher" might want "la profesora" or "el profesor", but you don't know which until it says you're wrong. 4. The word by word sentence puzzle can't rearrange words once they're on the line, so you have to really look at the available words before you start. (This is where Duolingo has it together) 5. When putting sentences together in the quiz feature, there are multiple ways to say them. Again, Duolingo has the programming to make this work. But with FluentU, which you pay $$$$ for, if you form a fully grammatically accurate sentence, if it isn't what they initially imputed, it's wrong. This is obnoxious when you're at an advanced level and there are lots of words and phrases that could be put together grammatically about 6 different ways, but you have to remember exactly how the video said it. I'm sure it's a programming thing, but they're making money off their users, so it'd be nice if they'd look into addressing it. 6. Some languages are on the iPad app and some are not? Italian, for one, is available on iPhone and on the website, but it's not on the iPad? How does that work? 7. Videos often freeze while the audio and subs keep going. It's not a connection problem cuz Netflix and YouTube still load in highest res on the same connection and device while FluentU's video just sits. For where I'm at in my language learning journey, this is a great tool. I've been paying full price for this app for a little while now and I find it worth the cost. I hope the above info is helpful, and wish everyone the best of luck in their linguistic pursuits!
  • Bad

    1
    By angry town
    Doesn't even work crashes on the start screen. Every. Single. Time
  • Good idea...

    3
    By jmc1385
    But considering what you’d be paying for the app, I expected the audio to be better. The computers voice sounds very mechanical and unnatural. It also does a terrible job at joining the vowels together into diphthongs the way a native speaker would.
  • Terrible experience

    1
    By Curt in NoCo
    I signed up yesterday for a 15-day free trial. Of course, I had to give them my credit card number. I liked the first video, but while doing the second one I landed on a billing page for an annual subscription for $239.99 and found myself charged that amount. There is no way to cancel that through FluentU or iTunes. There is no phone number to contact FluentU. Please do the research I should have but didn’t, and you’ll find other complaints about this Hong Kong based company charging large amounts during supposed free trial periods.

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