Nulu supports rapid development of listening and writing skills by offering native-speaker audio and a global community for discussion.
Why is audio an important component of a language program?
Connecting written words to meaning makes up just half of the battle for short-term mastery.People who seek to learn English and other foreign languages must also be able to connect spoken words to meaning.
Nulu is the perfect tool for learners to establish this second link by simply clicking to listen to recordings of individual sentences or the entire story.Recordings are created by native speakers with perfectly natural accents, providing an authentic source that learners can use to tune their ears and develop their pronunciation.
Why is discussion an important component of a language program?
Discussion is an effective open-ended way for learners to use the vocabulary.
Using recently and not-so-recently acquired vocabulary is an exercise of active recall, which has been shown to meaningfully impact second language acquisition.In other words, just trying to formulate original thoughts in the target language, successfully or not, is valuable in and of itself.
With Nulu, that process is supported in key ways.Nulu's community discussions revolve around specific stories.Users learning English and other foreign languages first read and listen to those stories, using Nulu's text and audio translations, so that they absorb all of the target vocabulary closely tied to the topics at hand.Armed with basic vocabulary knowledge, they can then discuss those topics with fellow learners.
Furthermore, the Nulu community is warm and welcoming.It consists of users' friends who are learning the same language as they are, as well as native speakers of the target language.As a result, they can freely share their opinions with the community and deepen their understanding of the vocabulary at hand.Nulu users can also ask the community questions and get help from more advanced learners and native speakers.