Easy LanguagesYouTube Channel and website. Has short videos, around 5 minutes or so, in series covering many languages. French, Spanish, Polish, German, Russian, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Hindi, Mandarin (Chinese), Croatian, Cantonese, Thai, Ukrainian, Filipino (Tagalog), Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Swahili, Vietnamese, Malay, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, Mongolian, Miskito, and Serbian.
DVDs. Rent at the library or buy on Amazon for movies that you already know. Many DVDs have a Spanish or French soundtrack, but Arabic is harder to find. Be sure your DVD player can play them. You might need a region-free DVD player or some sort of DVD converter or reader.
YouTube. Older students can use this to subscribe to the YouTube channel, and/or find more foreign language channels on IHeartRadio, Pandora, or Podcasts that are related to YouTube channels. I am listing some channels here, but there are many more.
This is an online, free course. Our library has subscription so we’re able to get the full course for free. It is said to be for grade school through high school. The website describes the course as such, “Mango prepares learners for realistic conversations and strengthens everyday communication skills in over 70 world languages, including English.”
This is an app. Some stories are free, but you can pay for more stories if you want. It says you can “Learn Languages with Audio Books”. The app will read books aloud to you while you view both languages, which makes it much easier to figure out what you’re hearing. You can adjust the speed of the reading, go back and click on words you don’t know. Beelinguapp
You buy and install the satellite and receiver setup. After that, you can tune in to many foreign language channels broadcast from other countries. There is no monthly fee.
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The FTA List website has many tv channels, radio channels and podcasts produced by native speakers, for native speakers. You can search by language. Galaxy 19
and Galaxy 3c are the two largest foreign content satellites. You can watch some of the channels via the internet.
The Fluentu.com website says “FluentU brings language learning to life with real world videos!” It costs about $10/month right now. The videos have interactive captions. They have Chinese, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Korean, Russian, Portuguese.
Watch Netflix or Amazon Prime movies in other languages – there is a language selector, sometimes subtitles available.
Watch Netflix or Amazon Prime movies in other languages – there is a language selector, sometimes subtitles available. Be very careful of content – other countries have different ideas about what is appropriate for children. Click on Audio and you can select the language. At the time of this writing Amazon Prime limits what languages you can access in the United States. There are also categories such as “French Language Children and Family Movies,” which will show movies that were originally in French, but not all movies that are available with French soundtrack. Spanish is the most common language available for me, but French, Portuguese and Chinese are reasonably available on Netflix. For example, Wakfu is a French cartoon available now on Netflix. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wakfu_(TV_series)
Their website says, “TripLingo is the ultimate tool for international travelers. Learn essential phrases, instantly translate your voice or connect to a live translator, get a crash course on the local culture and so much more.” There is a language package that has audio, includes slang, and can translate images. Good for planning a real or pretend trip. There are culture notes, travel tools that help with currency conversion, and a tip calculator. You could make a really fun project out of this.
Miaomiao Kidz YouTube channel has a show that is mostly in English, but teaches some Chinese. It’s a great start for a beginner. I think it teaches a bit more Chinese than a show like Ni Hao Kai Lan (which is also a good way to start introducing Chinese).
Sesame Street has a special program called “Fun Fun Elmo.” These are not just regular Sesame Street episodes, these are cartoons specifically designed to teach Chinese. Each episode is about ten minutes long. There are 26 free episodes on YouTube
The Pinyin Trainer app description says, “Pinyin Trainer will help you master those tones using Pinyin, the standard romanization system for Mandarin Chinese. With almost 2,000 individual audio recordings and a variety of question-and-answer methods, it’ll keep you on your toes and improve your Chinese listening skills like nothing else. Plus, it’s got a complete guide to reading Chinese with the Pinyin system built right in.”
Chinese Class 101
The “101” classes are free, or you can sign up for premium classes at a cost of $4-$23 per month at this time. There is a lot of information available for free. It’s not too hard to navigate. A high school student could navigate it for free. https://www.youtube.com/user/chineseclass101
This started out as Chinese characters and has grown to include a lot more, including audio. There is a daily 7 minute Chineasy Podcast. The website has free lessons, or you can also pay for more features. The Chineasy app is good. There is a Chineasy Tiles | Play games to learn Mandarin Chinese! Easy and fun for children and adults. to help learn characters, but it’s pricey at $89, and it only covers 48 characters. I’d love the chance to try it out with my youngest child! You can order cheaper regular character tiles and use the Chineasy game ideas available here. The Chineasy Memory Game is not expensive, and neither are the regular books, like Chineasy: The New Way to Read Chinese. Chineasy writing has criticisms, and we haven’t personally used it a lot besides doing the Chineasy app, which my children enjoy. It looks like a fun way to do Chinese characters for a while, even if eventually you have to move on from it.