FluentU: Language Learning App
4.5

FluentU: Language Learning App

  • Category: Education
  • Release Date: 2015-05-30
  • Current Version: 1.8.7
  • Adult Rating: 12+
  • File Size: 175.43 MB
  • Developer: FluentU
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
  • Rating Count: 2 055

Description

Tired of boring language learning textbooks? FluentU brings languages to life with real-world interactive videos! Learn to read and speak Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, German, Japanese, English, 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. FLUENTU FEATURES: 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 BILINGUAL DICTIONARY - Look up any word and see how it’s used in a sentence - Search content by title or grammar and vocabulary points AVAILABLE LANGUAGES: - Chinese (Mandarin) - English - French - German - Italian - Japanese - Korean - Russian - Spanish 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 PLUS SUBSCRIPTION FluentU 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. 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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Reviews

  • Good app but....

    4
    By Japanese Study Warrior
    The speakers sound jumbled by machine and not flowing. Videos are fine because they are authentic voices. But when words are machine generated not too good. Try for a smoother experience. Also PLEASE increase daily goal possibilities to 3,000 point daily PLEASE INCREASE DAILY GOAL TO 3000 points!!!!!
  • Free trial only with credit card on file

    3
    By Trooper chillier
    I’m intrigued that videos are offered. I haven’t seen that on other language sites. Unfortunately, you can’t actually use the free trial without giving your credit card for future monthly payments. I’m very interested, but I don’t give out my credit card unless I know I want to use the resource for my kids and I. I would appreciate an opportunity, even if for the day, to peruse the site and try my hand at it before giving my personal and payment information. (I don’t know what star rating to give since I haven’t been able to interact with the content. I hate for a rating to be brought down when I’m rating the administrative choices in offering the free trial. ) Side note: I have a high school junior studying Russian who has decided to major in Russian in college. A high school freshman who has taken an interest in Italian, and a 4th grader wanting to study Spanish. I wonder, when noting at the start of the app what language you wish to study, are we locked into that language for that email sign-on or if the app is fluid and we can switch between languages?
  • Expensive

    3
    By Bibiiiii..
    Really nice ideia but very expensive, especially because it is only a online content
  • One of the BEST Apps!

    5
    By Rose Fabian
    FluentU really brings you into the full experience of learning the desired language because it’s interactive, therefore, it “forces” fun participation to speak, read and spell, quickly. If you feel that you didn’t quite absorb what was being taught, you just have to go back and revisit the content. It’s up to you how fast you want to go. It’s GREAT!
  • After 2 week trial was over, charged a year subscription $239

    1
    By Kesofat
    1. Be careful, this company will by default charge your credit card $239 for a years worth subscription instead of a monthly sub fee. We called our credit card company and they reversed the fee for us. You’ll need to go into your subscriptions and cancel it otherwise they’ll keep charging you. 2. Also, all these videos are available on YouTube free of charge. 3. This company is based in HongKong and their app is basically just an interface between YouTube and your mobile device.
  • Wish you got more for basic subscription

    3
    By Ceebab
    It’s better than Duolingo, but barely. And too expensive for what you get. The basic subscription is really limited and to get unlimited is $240/yr which seems like a lot for what it is so far. So far the videos aren’t as immersive as advertised and are the same basic vocabulary presented like any other course. Also I have the same issue with this as I have with Duolingo, which is when the other language phrases things differently it only gives the familiar version and not the literal translation, which can be confusing when trying to build on what we’ve learned so far. For example: Je suis une femme = I am a woman But I am hungry isn’t je suis faim, it’s j’ai faim. Literally “I have hunger”, but they don’t tell you that. I took French in high school and am refreshing what I already know but I feel like if I hadn’t I’d be really confused by that. Especially since even in the vocabulary list it says “I am hungry”. So basically so it’s a really expensive Duolingo that’s slightly more accurate in pronunciation. Meh. If it doesn’t improve soon I’m not paying for it once the trial is up.
  • Very good English Learning Toll

    5
    By M_Garcia
    This app offers useful functionalities that help to practice listening and learn new vocabulary
  • Billed By Accident

    1
    By Saigeyboo1
    Didn’t have the app installed and it began to charge a yearly subscription which was denied multiple times until now. Now I'm trying to figure out how to cancel because I didn’t want a subscription but there’s no way to even authorize if you tried to buy anything.
  • Fun and easy to use

    5
    By sledxl
    I enjoy this app. Great to hear contemporary spoken French and learn the vocab and sentence construction. Highly recommend
  • Thieves

    1
    By smessa
    I have tried so many times to cancel my subscription. They make it impossible. I will get this thing cancelled! They are thieves! How else do you describe it when they keep billing and make it impossible to cancel?
  • ENDLESS FUN, COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATION

    5
    By Dakotaxu
    I have already written a review previous to this one, but because this app and the educational content within it is so effective, a second review is more then justified. I am now on my third video of Mandarin and I am starting to notice something unique to this platform compared to other apps that offer Mandarin. FluentU seems to be endless. The videos themselves are very addicting because they are interesting besides being comprehensive in their content. The online dictionary that is connected to all their videos have separate sample sentences attached to each word that’s in the video. You press on a word within the video, a dictionary pops up with the meaning of the word and three sample sentences using that word. I have spent between 4 to 7 hours daily and the more I study the more content appears before me! It just never ends. The actors in the videos are amazing, and there is a lot of humor. For example in the video ‘Going in for a job interview’ the guy who pays the role of manager looks and sounds like a real no-nonsense boss’. It was really entertaining. These videos are divided into several parts and one must complete the homework before the app lets you go from one part to the next. In this way the app ensures that you learn the content. You are forced to study and pass several tests because you want to go to the next part of the video just to see what happens next in the story. Thank you to the team at Fluenz for all the hard work. I can see myself being subscribed for the next 7 years for sure.
  • Creating my own flashcards?

    2
    By Muck sucking
    I thought I would be able to make my own flashcards more efficiently with this app, turned out it just a bank of premade, downloadable packs of cards and some video/audio content, all of that you can get for free and get more out of your learning using just classic anki and youtube. 20 buck for it is a rip off.
  • I would have given 5...

    4
    By Sudo-rm
    Dear Sir, (/or ma’am). I was unable to give your app a full 5🏅 Rating. Is there anything “wrong with it?” No. Does it have “production value”? An awful lot of it, “I” would say. Why? The DevTeam. The DevGroup. What DevGroup is this? Just look at the... oh. I could get a /botnet to do “that”, (but I won’t). I have a story... I knew a man. So at this point I could just record “my” story, and everyone would learn. Travel? Trabajo? Para mi, it suck$$! So I learned. To stop worrying. And say those words... Another town another place, Another Truck, another Race. Algún otro conjunto de cicatrices para "presumir" Некоторые другие набор ШРАМов, чтобы "похвастаться" /We.are.the.Road-Crew Don’t forget us... Sincerely, A Friend of Lemmy. P.S: I was not paid to do this. Okay, I paid myself... but that’s about it. (not. Enough) /Starving Artist
  • Complaint

    1
    By HAGGDJDYDJDHSSHDJ
    When I tried to open the FluentU app it refused to open so I had to delete it
  • Just Starting Out with FluentU

    5
    By V:))
    I’ve been studying Korean for quite awhile and while I do see progress it’s slow going! I’ve tried multiple apps, Programs, and books and so far this seems to be helping me more than any of them. I’m hopeful that I’ll see a lot more progress with this app!
  • Hard to beat

    5
    By Christopher Swann
    The best language app I’ve found by far. If I were working for Babel, I’d be feeling nervous.
  • Just okay so far

    3
    By ZCavanaugh
    This app has me conflicted because for the most part I do think it’s is a very good way to learn a language. But some of the execution is just off. The filter options can be slightly confusing. The UI just seems low-end for a service that is paid for monthly. And I’m having issues with taking the quizzes even though I’ve watched the videos before. If I’m paying for the service, I don’t see why I need to watch the video first anyway.
  • Captivating way to learn!

    4
    By Luv sleeping
    This is the most fun I’ve ever had studying a language! I know I could get places, but unfortunately the price is so high i’ll have to cancel when my two weeks are over.
  • Engaging

    5
    By eaglejon
    I love how it is a combination of basic review of grammar, but also includes pop culture videos to practice comprehension.
  • FUN feeling

    5
    By Rick B. H.
    It is rare to find an online language program that is so fun that I can’t wait to use it every day. But FluentU fits that description. The music videos in particular make me feel as though I’m having fun at a party. It comes very close to a natural immersion experience. I love it.
  • If there were an option for 0 stars....

    1
    By Dodge_cummins
    This app is trash. I’m sure glad I was able to cancel before I got charged more than RosettaStone’s subscription. The app is glitchy, does not update progress therefore keeping levels “locked” unless you spend points. What a joke.
  • Charge right away

    1
    By Going downhill fast
    I couldn’t even get started without signing up for their “free trial” which is set to charge you over $200 if you don’t change the setting when the trial ends. I deleted it.
  • Best yet!

    4
    By racecar1661
    Really have enjoyed this app! Learning soooo much more and better as well.
  • Great tool!

    5
    By german_russian_music_lover
    So far loving the app! Great tool in learning a language.
  • Why advertise what you don’t sell?

    1
    By Cali-Koa
    Why did this show up in a search for “learn Swedish”? You don’t offer Swedish as a language you teach! Where else do bad business practices reflect? I’d be afraid to give these folks permission to bill me.
  • I really want to love this app, but...

    2
    By AkamaiOkole
    At first, I really liked this app, but I realized that it had some major flaws: 1) The videos are really short and contain a large number of commercials. I don’t want to learn french from jingles. 2) I have been a member for over 1 year, but there is little fresh material 3)There are no « collections » of videos, i.e., a series of connected videos like Yabla has. 4) The iPad apps is nothing but a big iPhone app that doesn’t even use landscape mode. This is inexcusable for an app for a subscription that costs so much. 5) In all modes you cannot maximum the video. Horrible waste of screen real estate. I won’t be renewing again (i forgot to cancel my subscription last year so I automatically got sucked into a whole new year and was not able to cancel it even on the next day).
  • Good but

    4
    By Alukas4
    You should add a landscape orientation.
  • Moves fast but a very smart app

    5
    By NG in PA
    I started with some experience of Japanese-otherwise I’m not sure I could have absorbed the kanji and hiragana script so quickly. The method is good, though. I encourage anyone working in Japanese to get to know the keyboard as well as possible before going too far-it’s tricky especially to access katakana (necessary for imported words) on the iOS Japanese keyboard. (It’s easy and free to access the keyboard, though-just search online for info.)
  • Best language app I’ve experienced thus far!

    5
    By stephen_8932
    👍👍
  • good but not great

    2
    By 담을다
    I like fluentu. but when I use it on the phone, there are so many bugs and it take so long to load videos and dialogues.(it's not my internet. it works fine.)
  • Too fast

    3
    By Jan Ellen
    I gave this 3 stars because the audio player you have to do before doing the quiz goes wayyyyy too fast. They should put it in the app so that you can put the speed at what you learn at. Also it should show the different levels of pronouns with the verb you are trying to learn at the beginning of each lesson. Everyone learns a different way and they should take that into account. And I have bought several different spanish apps and they all have their flaws in one way or another.
  • Great App! I do think that it is too expensive

    5
    By VVJJ1
    I pay 29.00 per month. I thought that I would use this app for a short burst but I love it and I want more time with it. Even that I think that 29.00 per month is too much. Unfortunately I am going to have to cancel my subscription soon.
  • Great if used correctly

    5
    By Sjhunter86
    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.
  • Improving comprehension

    5
    By Bluerootsradio
    FluentU has all the right tools to help learn to understand spoken French.
  • Loving it so far

    5
    By CFHinLA
    I’ve only started with the app and have some basic Japanese from other apps and self study as well as a full version of Rosetta Stone. This has been by far the most user friendly. Rosetta Stone is brutal where FluentU is gentle and fun while still teaching you. The ability to see the kana, kanji and romaji is brilliant. Once you get your kana memorized well, you can turn off the romaji. I have high hopes for the long term of this app combined with formal college classes. I don’t think any single app or class will get you to a competent level. It is the combination of several methods and live practice with a native speaker if possible will get you there. I see this as being a solid foundation to build off of.
  • すごい

    5
    By Mifocalipad
    Been spending a lot of time studying Japanese with FluentU. The beginner lessons are great. Well worth doing alongside another program. Now I’m in the open waters of intermediate which more self-directed and a very different experience. We’ll see how that goes.
  • Learning spanish

    5
    By El nino blanco
    Love the program. Very fun
  • Most useful

    5
    By Sjsid
    This is currently the most useful AND interesting Japanese learning app for me right now. If it weren’t for this app, I would be reading off song lyrics and short stories and translating them myself so it’s nice to have this app make things more convenient for you. Price is a little steep compared to others. I wish they had a 6 month plan too. Also, would be good to have a way to request translation of certain videos that we like. For example, I really like the learning from the LINE OFFLINE series and would like to request more of it but there’s currently only 5 of them! :( Anyway thanks for putting this together, team!
  • Translation

    2
    By Merasade
    The app is good, but there's a lot of words that the pronunciation is very hard to understand 'cause the sound is very robotic.
  • Way Too Expensive for Sub-Par Quality

    2
    By Jim.!?
    Very expensive for what you get. I’m already spending $15/month on this plan, and there are only a small handful of videos available in Japanese and I can’t even access all my flashcards unless I shell out another $5/month. Kind of a ripoff. Also, the UI isn’t great, I often have to start my entire video over from the begin when scrolling back to the videos from the “add to flashcard” deck screen. I wasn’t going to write a review, but since they kept asking me to write one from the main screen every time I logged in, here it is.
  • Great idea, needs work

    2
    By Scott Gil.
    I want to use it but the robotic text to voice is too jarring, making the listening comprehension exercises too frustrating. Other rough edges make make this app fall short of its potential and much shorter in value compared to the price for subscription.
  • App doesn't work well

    1
    By NYCJames
    Updated review - despite my problems with viewing videos on the app, I purchased a subscription anyway since I am finding the desktop version helpful in my French. However I continue to be frustrated with the app. The user experience is not that great and I find the audio lessons totally useless because the audio is not synced with the text. In other words, the voice will go onto the next sentence, but the text lags behind. This is a completely unforgivable problem and totally ruins the user experience on audio lessons. I think for the amount they charge for a subscription, the app really needs to be better. It seems kind of outdated (still rocking the ancient iOS keyboard in places!) The other big problem with FluentU is that the audio levels between videos vary wildly. Sometimes the audio is so quiet that you have to turn the volume right up, then when the video's finished and FluentU's audio kicks in (like the happy noise when you complete an exercise) almost blows your ears off. If FluentU acts as a wrapper around these YouTube videos then they really need to think about incorporating some kind of volume normalization to give a consistent audio experience from video to video.
  • Good idea, but buggy and doesn’t work

    1
    By kaste25
    On my iPad, this would run YouTube videos but never loaded any dialogue scripts or vocabulary. Support took three days to respond to my bug report, and then told me to report it to a different branch. Clunky and below expectations for a pricy paid subscription. Hope they work it out, but I’m canceling and deleting.
  • Just, so much money

    1
    By blisterrednano
    I understand you need to make money as a developer. I don't hate in app purchases. I usually try to support the makers of the app if I like it. But Jesus, $250.00+?????? That's simply too much. It's a shame as I was very excited for the app. :(
  • Great so far!

    5
    By Akex3568
    Just with started with Spanish yesterday and I’m already learning faster then before!
  • great language exploration app

    5
    By blue bonnet 78
    FluentU is a fantastic resource for learning how languages are actually spoken. You can click on words for definitions, grammar tips, additional examples, which is really useful especially in comparison to apps like duolingo. The quizzes and review sections are well implemented also. Totally worth the monthly fee.
  • Too bad impossible to use offline

    3
    By Del#82
    I am using the Chinese app, it is pretty good, but the videos are not downloadable, even for a short time. So whenever the connection is bad, like in the bus, subway, plane, countryside etc.. It’s not possible to practice. I travel a lot, and this is very inconvenient for me.
  • I can not even use it

    1
    By Bobington mc bob
    I cant even use it without paying, therefore i am not going to. The reason i wanted to use this was because i saw an ad and was so happy. But i don't have any money and want to use this for obviously more than 2 weeks.
  • Picture clues don’t match questions.

    3
    By Jimi Friggin Hendrix
    I’ve only completed three 30-minute Spanish lessons, but I think it’s strange how cheap and silly the software is. For example, with “oso” (bear), the app shows a cartoon drawing of a deer. With the sentence that means, “You’re in school,” the clue/cartoon shows an owl in a box. There are men cheering at a sports bar while drinking beer for various questions, including “The men drink coffee,” and “The men are professors.” There’s also a cartoon of fish with an arrow pointing to one of the fish for the sentence, “You are a student.” So far, the pronunciation and pronouns have been related to Spain Spanish instead of Latin American Spanish.

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