Hi there! Abbe here. I hope you’re well. This time I’d like to talk to you about one of my favorite websites and how I
use it to learn language. I must say: I’m a big fan of YouTube. Yes, I do sometimes like to waste time
watching cat videos on it but I also use it to practice languages.
I would even go so far as to say that it’s my favorite tool for
practicing any language. And speaking of practicing a language using YouTube,
before we go any further, make sure you subscribe to our channel to get notified
when we release new language learning videos. 300 hours of video is uploaded
to YouTube every minute. These videos come from all around the world, are
produced in many different languages and cover just about every topic you could
possibly imagine. Whatever you’re curious about, you will find the content that
matches your needs on YouTube. The biggest problem that users face actually
is a direct result of this huge quantity of material. We sometimes just
don’t know where to start. There are several criteria that you need
to take into account when searching for a video on YouTube. First: what do you want to watch?
Strictly educational content is plentiful but can be boring
at times. If you want to search for this type of video, simply type “learn” + the
name of the language. Once you’ve found a video you like, look for similar videos
on the same channel or in the suggestions list on the right-hand side
of the page. You can also search for content related to your hobbies which is
likely to be more enjoyable for you. Look up how to say your favorite hobby
in the language you’re learning and type that into the search bar. This allows you
to find the most popular vloggers in your areas of interest and your target
language. Many movies and series are also available on YouTube,
more than you might think. Quite a lot of blockbusters and independent films are
available in many languages. Just search the title and “full movie” or something
along those lines. There are also tons of children’s stories on YouTube. These are
an excellent way for absolute beginners to get started slowly and although
they’re geared towards kids there are some that even adults can enjoy. Once you
find something you really like, you should either subscribe to the channel,
to get notified when new videos become available, or better yet, create a
playlist for language learning and add all of the videos you like to it, so you
can watch them again later. In order to find exactly what you need, use the
filter option after searching for keywords. If you click on the filter
button you see here you can select criteria that will refine or narrow your search.
You could set your search results to display only short videos, for example,
or to rank videos by number of views, which is generally a good indicator of
popularity. But the most important criterion for language learners will be
subtitles, also called closed captions. One of the best things about YouTube for
language learners is that it offers a lot of videos with subtitles. Not every
video has subtitles though, so you need to look for the CC icon next to the
title, or select “subtitles” or “closed captions” as a filter. Once you click on a
video with subtitles, you need to make sure they are activated.
If they don’t appear automatically, you can either click on the CC button, or
type the letter C on your keyboard. There might be more than one language
available for subtitles. This video for example offers subtitles in 6 languages.
You can pick from among the languages available by clicking on the gear icon
and then CC and the language you want. You’ll notice that you often have the
option to choose auto-generated captions as well. These are created by an
artificial intelligence program by Google. They’re not perfect and they
should be avoided whenever human generated subtitles are available.
However the quality is generally fairly good and will only continue to improve.
Once you’ve found a video with subtitles that you like, it’s time to relax and
enjoy the show… Or is it? You’re here to improve your
language skills after all, so here are a few tricks on making the most of your
time on YouTube. 1. Rewind and fast forward when necessary If there are words or
expressions that you need to hear a second time, feel free to use the left
and right arrows on your keyboard. It’s much more natural than using your mouse.
Just don’t overdo it or you’ll get bored! 2. If the video is too fast, slow it down You can change the speed settings under the gear icon you used to turn on the subtitles. Usually, 0.75 is a good speed to make
fast speakers understandable. With these two hacks, you will be totally in control
of what you watch and can focus on what really matters: improving your
comprehension skills. That’s it for this video, thanks for watching and I hope
these tips will be useful to you. Don’t forget to go to our
blog to find out the best YouTube channels for language learners, and tons
of other language learning tips. And I’ll see you again very soon. Bye bye! If you learned something new from this video,
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