FluentU: Language Learning App
4.5

FluentU: Language Learning App

  • Category: Education
  • Release Date: 2015-05-30
  • Current Version: 1.9.6
  • Adult Rating: 12+
  • File Size: 180.42 MB
  • Developer: FluentU
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
  • Rating Count: 2 133

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

  • Don’t mind the 1-star reviews...this app is great!!

    5
    By Pope Nobi
    This app has been an absolutely invaluable tool in aiding my Japanese language studies and has allowed me to improve at a much faster rate than I would’ve without it. The people who are complaining that it isn’t free are just cheapskates
  • False advertising

    1
    By FryBanshee59
    When I saw the ad for this app, I thought “ooh, something that might actually help me!” I download it thinking I could start almost immediately when... it told me to pay to use the app. Now I know it is giving you stuff from other places in the world like Japan and Mexico, but they should get rid of the prices, or actually tell people that it cost money! 😡😡😡💵🚫
  • Great App Overall

    4
    By MikeyLovesSushi
    FluentU is great for learning Japanese. There are a few issues the developers should address if they want this app to be outstanding though. -the automated voice on quizzes can be incorrect -the progress bar on videos can be buggy and all over the place Overall, a great app for language learning. I recommend it for advanced learners looking to take their language to native level.
  • Useless

    1
    By Alex Developer
    Two weeks “free” trial is just a scam. I can’t even open the course to see what it’s about or how it works without providing my payment info. Useless. Deleting...
  • like their content but overpriced

    3
    By Lindseygggggggh
    honestly their content helps in immersing yourself in a new language, but it is overpriced at $30 a month (at least i think thats what i pay). yabla is a good, cheap alternative or addition. but their short videos are great
  • Not helpful for speaking only students.

    2
    By Lazlo318
    I only have about 2 years in Japan. I’m not interested in learning kanji or kata/hira. Pimsleur is awesome for me because it focuses on speaking as a posed to Japanese communication as a whole. For serious I’m sure this would be great. But it would be nice to see a break down of words in English writing as an option.
  • FluentU

    3
    By LInera62
    Amei, mas acho muito caro a subscrição
  • Landscape unavailable

    1
    By kennykamut
    I love this app. I would buy it right now. I have a case that makes my iPad look like a laptop. This does not have landscape, I always have to hold my laptop sideways and can not use my keyboard. The onscreen keyboard keeps popping up and i hate not being able to type on my keyboard. The Apple onscreen keyboard is generally not user friendly. That is why I use this thyme of case. It makes the usable space on the screen reduced and not comfortable reaching up every time. Decades of research have gone into the ergonomics of a keyboard. Resting my hands on the keyboard is important. Especially spending hours using this app. Unfortunately I would have to not recommend this or purchase it. Please contact me when you offer the landscape feature. It may seem petty, but it will change this app from child’s play to the professional realm.
  • Great, but not to be used by itself

    5
    By Sage SP
    This is one of the best language learning apps, I’ve come across. The videos offer you a great way to develop your listening skills. The quiz sections are nice to develop reading/writing, but the live videos help you work on your comprehension. That being said, this won’t help you master a language alone. If you have a music streaming service, find music in your target language and work on listening and translating slowly. The music helps sink it into your brain better if you’re actively listening. So, while it could always be improved, this is an excellent app
  • Can’t use app without payment details

    1
    By user8491948
    They force you to subscribe to a monthly subscription to even TRY the app in hopes you’ll forget the free trial and get charged $30 per month. The fact that they don’t let you try the app before entering payment information is a red flag, they are betting on that you’ll forget the trial and at least get a month or two charge out of you which is shady, don’t waste your time, there are other apps out there
  • Yikes

    2
    By Lollygagtill
    This app has a lot of potential. I love how it has videos and offers real life examples. But the app is glitchy and the forward/backward function won’t work. It also has an issue with getting stuck on a phrase and not showing the proper translations during the freeze. Great idea of an app but didn’t work for me personally!
  • It’s a fraud

    1
    By Oscar Navarro
    Don’t do it ... they charge the bill before the trial period expires, in my case they charged 240$ the same day, the first day of my trial period.
  • Really useful

    5
    By Fp55439
    This is a really useful app, I love it. It was frustrating to go onto YouTube and look for videos with accurate subtitles, and then manually google the words I didn’t know. This has a wide variety of videos all in one place, and it’s very handy to be able to look up words just by tapping them. It’s worth the money to me. I haven’t done much with the basic videos provided. I learned my French grammar basics elsewhere. I mostly go with the movie trailers, music videos, and informational videos taken from YouTube, to practice listening skills and build vocab. One thing I would like is an option to require me to give a correct answer to all questions before finishing the quiz. Bring the questions back again if there is a mistake. Sometimes I just hit the Check button by accident and then I don’t get a chance to test my knowledge of that material.
  • Limited languages

    3
    By Hellotan
    Will change score when you add Hebrew.
  • Challenging

    5
    By seven 1
    The quizzes really make you prove you understand words and phrases by putting them in other contexts. I studied Spanish academically for 7 years, have visited Spanish-speaking countries, and have studied an additional 1.5 years simply out of desire to truly become fluent. For that you really need to be immersed and speak it every day with those around you. No app can provide that, but FluentU does a fantastic job exposing you to that language as it is spoken in its normal cadence and rhythm. Learning Spanish this way is something I wish I’d been able to do from the beginning; it wouldn’t have taken me so long to get where I am. Watch the videos. Don’t worry that it might seem impossibly hard. If you don’t fail sometimes, you won’t improve. Keep it up, and you’ll see incredible progress.
  • This isn’t free

    1
    By Gota love impossable bosses
    I wouldn’t buy this because it cost money to learn on this thing just use YouTube.If you can buy this than you can buy YouTube.
  • Free trial with credit card only

    1
    By Applsjunknow
    Was not able to use the app as a credit card it required to begin the free trial. This outdated free trial experience was provided by apps in the hope that you would forget to unsubscribe and then end up being charged. If this app ever decides to allow for unrestricted free trials like many other language apps I would be happy to give it a whirl. Until then you get one star having the credit card requirement, and I will not try your app.
  • FluentU for español

    5
    By Forty four pikes
    FluentU for Spanish is great! There is a vast variety of material to choose from. There is one tiny flaw: in my version the user can’t respond to indicate the tilde for the letter n in a word like tomano or Espanol. Other than that , this app is really helpful.
  • I was hoping for more

    1
    By bwitched32
    This app has a good concept but the UI has problems. Having paid for a monthly subscription then receive message I need a 1000 points to go to a different audio is not ‘friendly’ . I cancelled my subscription
  • Not Worth the Money!

    2
    By Ali Dann.
    For how expensive this is they need to be quicker about fixing the inhibiting bugs in the app. It’s ok for learning vocabulary but not good for grammar. Should be more all encompassing at this price.
  • Gone down

    1
    By mosquitoguy
    This app was great a year ago but now has gone down the drain. The subtitles would get stuck every time you switch apps and the video would start over, or sometimes it just would do nothing unless you close and reopen the app. I stopped my subscription because of this and it hasn’t gotten better since then.
  • Infinite loop and no Support

    1
    By kate vee
    Signed up with the free 2-week trial and am stuck on the screen with that offer. Can’t access anything else and the Support site is telling me my login is incorrect, despite it definitely being correct. Massive turnoff not being able to access anything from a pricy subscription service, including a locked Support feature. Immediate cancel.
  • Will rip you off for $31

    1
    By Bond9031
    Beware!! The instructions they give you for ‘unsubscribing’ from your iPhone WILL NOT WORK and you will be charged even if you delete the app. I had to call iTunes directly to get it removed and reported the app as possibly fraudulent!! Once iTunes is called it is fairly easy to do with the proper instructions. I wonder how many others have been screwed out of $31 over this racket?
  • No Speaking Practice

    2
    By Mrs. T!
    I’ve created my school account and invited my students. As I searched for assignments to give them I can select audio, video (which is a lot of yt), and Flashcards. After listening, speaking comes next in language production but there are no oral language assignments. Even Duolingo has speaking portions that the kids record. When will oral language assignments be added?
  • Looks like a good supplement but...

    2
    By apl_luvr
    Not sure what was wrong with my app and/or device but none of the videos would play/had really long load times. The flash cards worked but I didn’t really download this app for those. It looks like it would be a good tool for people who started out with some basic grammar and vocabulary from another program. Rosetta Stone is still my go-to for now and it comes free through a lot of libraries.
  • Not worth the money

    1
    By Greyapple82!
    So I really like the Fluent-U blog a lot, and have always wanted to try out their app/site. I finally got a job and had some money to use on it for Japanese. There’s a 7 day free trial, and then you choose a payment plan. Since I didn’t have $240 to spare at that moment, I figured I would do the $30 a month plan if I liked it. Using it however it was nothing like I expected. Many of what they advertised to have for Japanese, videos and music, they did not have. Most of it was short, like around 30 seconds and majority ads. You could easily find most of the same stuff on YouTube, for free, and do what their doing on your own free of charge using the reiko dictionary app and Viki. So I decided it was most definitely not worth the money. Also within 5 minutes of making the account ( You can choose two payments, $240 all at once for The Whole year or $30 a month, I only know this because I looked it up before making the account, it never asked me to choose a plan however) they charged $240 to my account. $240 I didn’t want to pay and that I also didn’t have and still don’t. I immediately sent an email about this and they replied with that they were sorry for the mistake and we’re fixing it at the moment. That was last Saturday, today is Wednesday, nothing has been done. I sent another email just now, no response yet. However for anyone considering it, I highly advise against it. Not even the trial. There are many better resources, millions of free resources, and textbooks, better worth your money.
  • Waste my money

    1
    By lilia007
    Don’t waste your money on this!I really didn’t learn anything from this application!It was waste a lot!
  • Glitch?? Reply please

    1
    By ANGRY__COSTUMER_
    I have a good phone and I guess the screen was meant for a smaller phone because the screen is so small and also I tried to do 2 weeks free and so I put my email and stuff and it doesn’t let me press start because there isn’t a check box for saying I agree to the terms and conditions 😭😭😭😡😡😡🥵🥵🥵 I just want to learn Spanish
  • Courses are put together well

    4
    By Jenlagrutta
    Small big, though. After going through an audio, sometimes, it doesn’t recognize that I’ve gone through it. I run through it a couple of time but then have to close and reopen the app, run it again and then it acknowledges I completed it and allows me to take the quiz
  • 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?
  • 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.

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