The lovely people of Yabla invited me to try out their site which I am very happily doing at the moment and I’d like to tell you about it, too.
If you are a visitor to my blog, you know that I love to find free online resources for you. This one isn’t free but what they have on offer is well worth paying for, and some videos are free.
First of all, it isn’t a German course with structured lessons, instead it’s an ever growing collection of original German short videos and some made specifically for a German topic, currently nearly 1000 of them. And this is an ideal website for anybody, from beginners to advanced who wants to practice their German but not always with their textbook or other structured activities.
As you can see on the left hand side of the picture, there is a variety of types of videos for you to chose and if you look at the video snippets you can see whether they are for beginners or more difficult.
Each video offers a range of things for you to do. You can –
- watch it and read the German transcript and the English translation
- watch it without the transcript and/ or translation
- highlight any words you don’t know, which opens a German-English dictionary
- those unknown words can be turned into flashcards for extra practice
- press the ‘slow’ button and listen to the speaker at a slightly slower pace
- play a game at the end of the video to see whether you understood everything
I hope these screen shots are giving you some ideas how these videos work, but don’t just take my word for it!
If you go to Yabla you can try out a few sample videos for free.
Also, thanks to the lovely people from Yabla, the first 20 people who leave a comment on this post will get one month free access to all videos! (Edit: None left)
If you then like what you see and want to subscribe, the current costs are $9.95 (about £6.20 at the moment) per month (or cheaper if you pay for 6 or twelve months). How quickly do you spend that sort of money on other non-essential things? The link on this page and on the widget on the right is an affiliate link, which means if you decide to subscribe and click through that link, I will earn a little bit of money. It won’t affect the cost of your subscription and it won’t allow me to stop working – so we’re both safe 😉
EDIT May 2019: Yabla’s videos now have an extra feature – Scribe. Click on the ‘games’ menu, then ‘Scribe’ and select a set. You can then practise your listening and type what you hear. The following video shows how it work (even if it is for the Spanish videos)