Wondering which way to go with Yabla vs FluentU?
It won’t surprise you to hear that we’re sure Yabla’s the better choice — after all, you’re reading this on yabla.com. Of course we think it’s better. But it’s an easy case to make (and here’s a full rundown of all Yabla’s best features).
Here we go:
Yabla vs Fluentu: Video Quality
This is the big one: Yabla produces its own huge library of language videos. Last time we checked, Fluentu’s video library is made of recycled YouTube content. Sure, that’s fine, and we have plenty of YouTube videos made by other media companies as well.
Many of Yabla’s best videos, though, were created just for our users, with their language-learning needs in mind. We’ll walk you through fine grammatical principles, offer dramatic readings with excellent enunciation, and dive into the cultural worlds connected to each of the languages we offer.
YouTube videos are fine, but our huge range of videos created just for you is a major difference, and one we’re really proud of.
Yabla versus Fluentu: Scribe
Scribe is our best feature. It’s the one we’re proudest of — it has a patent, for goodness sake, it’s that good and that terrific at what it is. Scribe is modern dictation training. Trust: We can go on and on and on about the benefits of dictation training, a position we share with master linguists and the people responsible for training, say, CIA agents to speak like a native. (Read more about that here.)
With Scribe, you’ll watch a video, and then you’ll write down exactly what you heard. Along the way, you’ll develop your phonemic awareness and lexical segmentation — basically, the skills you need to understand the unfamiliar sounds that make up foreign-language words, and the ability to differentiate one word from another.
Supplementary features within Scribe let users slow down the video, fill in words one letter at a time, and use our powerful dictionary to figure out the meaning of new words. The better you do, the more points you’ll earn, and the higher you’ll appear on our Leaderboard, if that’s something you’re interested in.
Nothing can replace Scribe, and we’re the only ones who’ve got it.
Yabla versus Fluentu: Languages Offered
Yabla offers Spanish, Italian, French, German, English, and Chinese. NGL, Fluentu offers more than us. But we’re pretty sure that if you’re learning one of our six languages, you’re better off with us.
Winner: Anyone learning Spanish, Italian, French, German, English or Chinese
Yabla versus Fluentu: Price
Yabla is $12.95 per month, $54.95 for six months, or $99.95 per year. Fluentu is more than twice that: $29.99 a month!
Now, there’s a logic behind that: With Yabla, you’ll have access to a single language. WIth Fluentu, you’ll have access to all of their languages. So — if you’re skimming lots of stuff at once, sure — go with Fluentu. But if you’re looking to knuckle down, and truly get fluent with a single language, it’s obvious that Yabla’s your best bet.