MorkTheFiddle wrote:Carmody wrote:Edit to add: I will report my findings in a new log: https://forum.language-learners.org/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=10087&p=132909#p132909
Changed my mind about where to put this review. Here it is.
I've seen 104 videos, and I'm going to wrap this up.
- Free. Limit of three videos with subtitles per month. For some, that might work. There are, rough guess, 150 videos.
$5.99 (or $59.99 for a year). Unlimited number of videos, online quiz, and the opportunity to save vocabulary (just click on the word in the subtitle) for later study and flash cards.
$9.99 (or $99.99 for a year). Same as $5.99 plus transcripts.
Topics of Videos
News: lots of French politics, Macron and LePen, not any stab and slab.
Culture: food, literature, museums, and so on.
Music: mostly contemporary pop.
Entertainment: TV, movies and so on.
Ideas: runs the gamut. Astronomy, environment and so on.
As I said before, there was not much difference among the three levels except perhaps for cognitive content.
I watched all or very nearly all of the Culture, Entertainment and Ideas categories, as much News as I could stomach, and two or three from Music, which is geared, understandably enough to the young. I did recognize the names Zaz, Brel and Stromae.
The times ran for the most part from a minute or less to three or four minutes. A couple running around eleven minutes were in the Ideas category, and they were my favorites mostly, I think, simply because they were longer. None of the videos were of merely trivial content playing to the masses.
First, TV5Monde evaluated my level in French as A2/B1 (seems right). There was no video, Beginner or otherwise, that I could understand properly without the French subtitles. I never used the English subtitles.
I think that the variety of topics, the good visual and audio quality, and the price make at least a look-see worth your time if you are looking for fodder for intensive listening. There are, of course, other sites out there with videos and/or podcasts with subtitles or transcripts and that are free and that you might also want to investigate.
I put some other small details here: https://forum.language-learners.org/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=10087&p=132896#p132896