Learning a new language is hard. After eight years of French, I was an abysmal failure at the language until I spent a month in the country using it regularly. There’s something about seeing words and phrases used in context that makes them a lot easier to understand than just reading them in a textbook. Lingvo is an app that lets you use Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon Video to help you pick up a language a little faster.
The service is actually a combination of a Chrome extension and a web-based smartphone app.
With it, you watch a movie in another language and with subtitles in that language through your browser using the Chrome extension.
On your phone, the same subtitles will appear simultaneously. When you hear or see something you don’t understand you can tap on the word on your smartphone to get a quick definition without having to stop the movie.
If you’re advanced in the language then you can go all-in with an adult movie, but if you’re just starting out then a children’s program can be the perfect thing to watch.
Clearly, you’ll need some knowledge of the language in order for this one to be very useful, but if you’re learning a language and need a little help getting a better feel for it, then it could be just what the doctor (or French teacher) ordered.