Today we have a guest post from Alex, who is introducing his amazing new language learning app – Heyu!
Tackling a language through self-study is not for the faint of heart. Two of the biggest challenges are:
finding good materials to learn with, and
That’s why I’m working on Heyu, a new web app that lets anyone turn YouTube videos into language study resources.
Anyone who’s studied a language on their own knows the routine: find a catchy song on YouTube, translate lyrics, and listen again and again until the pronunciation/grammar starts to sink in. Learning with music makes language study fun and helps keep you motivated — especially music as catchy as K-Pop!
I wanted to build a site that lets language-learners all over the globe collaborate and learn from each other as they rock out to YouTube. Z does this on her blog, putting together excellent Music Vocab posts. Heyu lets anyone do what Z does for free, even if you don’t have your own website.
To give you an idea of how it works, I added a few vocabulary words from one of Z’s posts — Expectation (기대해) – Girl’s Day (걸스데이) — to Heyu. If you want, you can add your own vocabulary words, transcription, or translation to the song too, or even turn the song into a quiz:
What do you think? What other features would you add to Heyu to make it more useful for language-learners doing self study? You can find me on Twitter at @alexsoble or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. 감사합니다!
Thanks for introducing your app Alex! Have a go at creating your own materials on Heyu and leave a link to it in the comments! 🙂