Today we are going to have a look at one of my favorite way to learn languages: watching interesting videos! However, here we have even more. This service helps you to learn languages much faster than Youtube videos because they have many extra tools. Even though FluentU is not free, it can be totally worth it. Read further why.
Price: 15-Day Free Trial. Basic $15/month or $120/year. Plus $30/month or $240/year.
Overall Rank: 93 Out of 100
What Is FluentU All About?
FluentU is a service that helps you to learn languages by watching videos. It’s pretty similar to Yabla that we already reviewed a few months ago. I find this kind of services very useful. I have studied new languages by watching Youtube videos but I have many times thought that subtitles would help a lot. Then I could learn new vocabulary fast.
FluentU has taken thousands of videos from Youtube, added subtitles and transcriptions to them. In addition, they have added some extra tools that can help you to memorize new words.
Have a look at a Quick Tour Inside FluentU’s members are in the video below. It also explains very well what’s FluentU all about.
How Will FluentU Help You to Learn a New Language?
1.Study a new language with something that interests you
With FluentU you can find videos about the subject that you find interesting for you in your target language. For example, I am interested in learning German and in building a business. Then for me would be good to watch business videos in German in FluentU. You can also watch health and fitness videos in French if those are your interests. Whatever are your interests and target languages, you can find something interesting things for you.
2.Try FluentU language learning games
FuentU offers also a variety of games to practice your vocabulary. This is an engaging way to keep you motivated and push forward to reach fluency.
3.Choose videos suitable for your level
One of the greatest advantages of FluentU is that you can choose the videos that are exactly suitable for your current level. If you would be scrolling videos on Youtube, you would need to spend much more time to find something that is great for your level. And when you learn, you need to find new videos again for your new level. FluentU is easy to use because they have done that work for you already.
Inside FluentU Member’s Area
I took a video where I show how it looks like inside FluentU member’s area. You will get a good understanding how everything works there and how user-friendly their platform is. Enjoy!
What Languages Can You Learn in FluentU?
At the moment you can learn 9 different languages in FluentU which are: (I have also added how many videos there are in some language in March 2017. They are adding new videos all the time.)
These numbers are from March 2017. Now in May 2017 there are already more than 950 videos in German as you can see in my Youtube video. So their video library is rapidly expanding.
- Chinese, 1807 videos available
- Spanish, 1887
- French, 1094
- English, 2507
- German, 857
- Japanese, 752
I believe that they will be adding new languages over the time course. If you would like to have another language to FluentU, you can always send them a message in support and ask if they are going to add it soon. With a membership, you can study all these languages and you don’t need to pay separately for each language.
Is There a FluentU Mobile App?
One of the great thing in FluentU is that they also have a mobile app. It helps you to learn the language more easily even when you don’t have an access to your computer. You can learn a new language while sitting in the bus, laying on the sofa or when you are moving from one place to another by bike. I call it effective language learning.
At the moment FluentU app is only available for iPhone in AppStore but it will be also available for Android phones in the future.
Is FluentU Free?
FluentU is not free but they have a 15-day free trial. You can cancel your membership within 15 days if you were not satisfied. I think that no questions are asked.
They have two membership options Basic and Plus. You can see their pricing in the picture below:
In my opinion, FluentU pricing is very reasonable. Plus costs $240 / year which means $20/month. If buying this program for a year helps you to go from 0 to fluent in a new language, it’s definitely worth it.
What would you think about this challenge:
1.Buy FluentU premium for a year
2.Study a new language with FluentU 1 hour every day for one year
3.See your results
It would be interesting to see if you can become fluent with FluentU by using it one hour every day for a year. I believe that you could at least achieve a level where you can easily speak with people in that language. Do that with 20 languages in 20 following years and you are speaking 20 languages. Easy, huh? I think that we make language learning sometimes too complicated when it’s actually pretty simple. Just put in the efforts and you make progress.
Or think if you would use two or three hours a day instead of one. Imagine, how great results you could achieve in a year. $240 is not a bad price for learning a new language.
Pros & Cons
- Learning a new language by watching videos can be fun and relaxing
- You get subtitles to all videos
- You can expand your vocabulary very fast
- FluentU has a mobile app
- Thousands of videos of different languages (and growing)
- Easy to use
- You can study several languages
- Doesn’t require speaking which probably the fastest way to learn a new language.
Conclusion – Is FluentU Worth It?
In my opinion, investing some money on FluentU or other language learning tools like LingQ or Yabla can be a great way to boost your language skills. I always prefer spending money on assets that will give more value to my and other people’s life. Investing in your language learning can be a have a huge benefit for your future.
What do you think about FluentU?
Have you ever studied languages by watching interesting videos? What do you think about FluentU?
Let me know in the comments below and I will respond you personally within 24 hours!