Every language learner has used video at some stage in their journey, and with the explosion of video on the Internet there is a huge amount of material to work with.
But have you ever been on YouTube and found that there are so many videos that you don’t know where to start? Which clips are good for my level? How do I know that they will be interesting? What if the sound quality isn’t good and I find it hard to understand?
If you have asked these questions, then there is a site that is specifically designed for you :
Yappr was designed by a guy who found that watching local television in his second language was the most fun and productive way to study.
On Yappr you can view funny or interesting videos uploaded from people all over the world, that are appropriate for language learning. Yappr members transcribe the videos and add the text, and may even post translations into 7 other languages.
As you watch and listen to the video you can pause it or replay the sentence you just heard as you follow the text. This exercises your reading and listening skills at the same time, and the video material helps your comprehension. It is a very low-stress and enjoyable way to learn. You can even download the full transcription of the video in .pdf format for vocabulary work.
The videos are graded according to their difficulty, and site members can rate the videos so you can see which are most popular. Learners also add their comments to videos, and can add them to their own favourites.
When you’ve had enough of watching videos, you can move over to the chat page where you can chat with other Yappr users. There are rooms for three English levels, and 7 other languages. You can leave messages on a forum, and search for other Yappr fans in your country.
If you are an English learner of any level, you need to have Yappr in your language-learning toolbox.