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)
The Ielanguages.com website has free online lessons, plus many links and recommendations. There are links for “realia” in the foreign language, such as ticket stubs, signs, and receipts. There are also grammar tutorials and audio, some of which is spontaneous and unscripted from native speakers. You can purchase e-book courses for some languages. The courses vary by languages. The website says, “The most popular courses, such as French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Swedish, include interactive exercises and audio recordings created by native speakers.”
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.
Standard Deviants Spanish are video lessons that explain some grammar and vocabulary. It’s a fun DVD series for upper elementary through middle school age. Because of the name of this title, I would be very careful when letting children search for the title. There are some “interesting” and not child-friendly results associated with the search term “deviant.”
Cuentacuentos Beatriz Montero. This is a YouTube Channel that has many videos with Spanish pronunciation tips, including the “erre con erre” song, which will get you trilling your rr’s. She is from Spain, which makes her accent different from what you will commonly hear in the US. If you don’t have a lot of experience with various Spanish accents, the main difference to me is that people in Spain have a sort of lispy thing they do with the /s/ sound. She also has a website.
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. Audio, video, vocabulary tools, spaced repetition flashcards, PDF lessons, and a forum to talk to other students, It’s not too hard to navigate. It’s not too hard to navigate. A high school student could navigate it for free. There is also a Spanish Pod 101 YouTube Channel.