Listening Comprehension Website
I have started creating a video immersion tool for learning German. It will focus purely on listening comprehension, as I have noticed a number of posts enquiring specifically about this. The concept is similar to Duolingo's Immersion, except with video subtitles instead of web articles.
The tool is still in Beta, but here is the link if you are interested in becoming an early adopter:
Very cool idea! I only see one video right now, is that just the test video or am I missing something?
I think it would be great if you also added transcribing in addition to translating. That video is really slow and simple, but I definitely would not be able to translate by ear into English on most videos. I think just writing down the German would be an extremely helpful exercise, and then translating that text is something that could be done by that same user or others. Plus, users could use that info to make .srt files (closed captions) in either German or English depending on their level. The youtube automatic translations are a starting point, but not good enough without being checked by a human.
Thanks for your reply. Currently, I am only releasing one video a week onto the website. Starting from this basic format, I plan to add more videos and features based primarily on the feedback received from users. That way I can ensure that what I am building is what learners want (and not what I think they want).
So your feedback is great! It will definitely be taken on board, and hopefully you will see your ideas as features in the near future. If you have any more thoughts please feel free to PM me, or send in a feedback form from the website:
Looks promising :) I have been mainly using http://www.slowgerman.com/ podcasts and transcripts and simple children's cartoons such as the book box ones on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZ7Vsi4W3BE for my audio immersion outside of duolingo. I've also recently found this bi-lingual German history podcast, it's not too difficult to follow but it does use some specialist vocab so having the English translations helps with that. Edit - oops didn't link the podcast! Here it is: http://en.historyofgermanypodcast.com/
Hi, would it be possible to have buttons to put in German characters? I have a rubbish keyboard which means I don't even have keyboard shortcuts to use umlauts of doppel S. I just have to cut and paste them most of the time and it's irksome. :(
Thanks for your feedback! I will endeavour to make this a feature as quickly as possible. If you have any more good ideas, please don't hesitate to post them through the website:
this is nice, but i get myself immersed by the actual youtube channels of a native, which i could say at this level i could understand 50% atleast of what they're saying. Although, I've been talking to a native getting immersed with native speakers is the best thing you could do! :)