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FluentU Launching Public Beta in 3 Days!

Since announcing our planned beta launch less than two short weeks ago, we have welcomed hundreds of new users, uploaded dozens of new videos, and been featured on some of our favorite Chinese learning blogs (all the while tweeting and blogging as usual of course).

If you have been living under a rock (one without wifi that is), FluentU is a new way to learn Chinese.

FluentU takes authentic videos—like music videos, movie trailers, news and inspiring talks—and turns them into personalized language learning lessons.

You can try FluentU for free for 2 weeks. Click here to check out the website or download the iOS app or Android app.

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While textbooks continue to be necessary for some learners, we believe immersive experiences with authentic video content showcasing the vibrancy of modern Chinese culture, supported by the right learning tools, simply can’t be matched.

We are building the world’s first “video textbook”, and couldn’t be more excited to introduce it to the world.

After polishing the site over the past few months with a select number of invited users (private beta), we will now be opening the site to the public (public beta). Starting Monday, anybody with an email address can visit our home page, and register for free and immediate access to our entire video content library and vocab review features. We are still however in beta, meaning we will continue testing new features, sticking with the ones you like, ditching the ones you don’t (so cut us a wee bit ‘o slack going forward).

As it turns out, bloggers and writers with early access share our enthusiasm and excitement. Below are excerpts of some of the blogs and publications which have featured us thus far:

Enjoy Shanghai

“The aim of the site is to teach you the language via short online videos that feature native speakers interacting in a natural environment: TV! Simple concept, right? And it’s an effective one. I’ve only used it for a few days, but I am already addicted.”

Peckish Laowai

“The FluentU concept is indeed very simple – in fact it is so simple it is simply brilliant!…This product as it stands now has my stamp of approval and my love. Yes – especially the latter”

iLearnMandarin

“Where FluentU really takes things over the top is in how users can interact with the subtitles… I’m a huge fan of context based learning, which is something that FluentU does amazingly well…could be the next big thing in Chinese language learning!”

Confused Laowai

“FluentU provides a smooth interface to skip and follow the videos through their own subtitles. When you see a word you want to add to a list, just click on it and voila it’s added. The seamless user-experience is marvelous…I really like the fact that the videos are real authentic videos. Learning Chinese almost becomes an afterthought to the fact that you are watching cool videos.”

Chinese Hacks

“It’s great to finally see the Chinese learning market mature enough for a website like this to be developed…this will be a great resource and addition to your Chinese study routine…I was impressed by FluentU and would recommend anyone learning Chinese check it out if they want real-world Chinese content to study, as a break from the boring grind of textbooks.”

Tiger Startups

“For the rest of us, there’s FluentU, a new startup that curates Chinese video content on YouTube and makes it easier to pick up the notoriously difficult-to-learn language…I think they’re onto something great—this “video textbook” for the next generation of Chinese language students”

In addition, we have had tons of emails, tweets, Facebook comments, and the like pouring in from our hundreds of engaged users offering their feedback and suggestions. You can see some of them at our brand new News and Buzz page.

Starting almost exactly one year ago (to the day) as a humble blog explaining Essential Chengyu’s, we have covered a lot of ground in the 12 months since. September 3rd marks a new beginning for us, and as we continue welcoming new users, uploading new videos, and improving the player and vocab review, we will always want to hear what you think. Feel free to comment on any of our posts, find us on Facebook and Twitter, or leave feedback directly on our site.

Thanks for reading.

Ben

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