Hi! I'm Miguel and this is Spanish Input.
Are you learning Spanish or another language and you don't understand what native speakers say to you? Do you think they speak too fast? Or maybe you can understand more or less what the natives say but you can't speak fluently yourself? Well, an effective way to improve in every way is to watch movies and TV series. You may say, "Well, that's too difficult." But now there is a tool that is going to make your life a little easier, and this tool is called Language Reactor. Let me show you.
Here's Language Reactor. Visit languagereactor.com. It's the official website. Before, in the past, Language Reactor was called Language Learning with Netflix, as the website says here. But they have changed their name because it is no longer just for Netflix. Now you can also use it with Youtube, you can use it with your own video files and you can also use it with your own texts. It has many features, as you can see. Mainly it is the extension to watch Netflix, Youtube ... It also has a section to open your own videos with subtitles in srt format and a section to upload your own texts and read them. Let's focus for now on the extension for Google Chrome. In the future they will have extensions for Firefox and Edge but for now only for Google Chrome, so we are going to install it. Let's do a simple installation ... add extension. Ready! It is already installed, and here are some instructions.
Well, let's go to Netflix now and see how this extension, Language Reactor, works. And we are going to test it with a documentary, a documentary called Peru ... "Peru, Hidden Treasure." Let's go. Well. Here it is. As this is the first time we are opening Language Reactor, it asks us what is our native language. We are going to suppose that you are an American, that is, an American learning Spanish, so we set English as the native language. Okay. Well. Now, as the default setting, Language Reactor shows us this window on the right where there's the complete list of subtitles for the movie you are watching. We are going to hide it by pressing in this three-line menu, this "hamburger menu". Also down here it shows us in a ... in a black window the subtitles, but we want to be able to see the movie in full screen, so we are going to hide this panel. Ready! Now we are going to press on the gear icon and we are going to do a couple of changes. First we are going to activate "hide subtitles". We are going to hide the two subtitles. We are going to set it to hide both. We are also going to press here. This can also be activated with the Q key. It is the auto pause. What this does is that after each line of subtitles the video will automatically pause, and this will allow us to "digest" the movie we are watching piece by piece, subtitle line by subtitle line. That way you don't feel overwhelmed because maybe they are talking too fast. Well, now we are going to listen carefully to what this line says and we are going to try to understand.
Let's press the S key. The S key is used to repeat the line. Press the S key and listen. [speaking in Spanish] Ok, we have to make an effort to understand. Let's say you are learning Spanish. Listen to the line several times until you finally understand. And if you don't understand, slow it down. We can press the 1 button on the keyboard, that is, the 1 key. We can go down to 50% and we will listen to the line again with the S key. [speaking in Spanish] Ok. Did you hear what he said? I think he said "y habitantes que al día de hoy mantienen viva su tradición." Ok, if you have already figured out exactly what it says, press the E key. And yes, it says: "y habitantes que al día de hoy mantienen viva su tradición." Even if you could not understand, after a few times press the E key to show the subtitle line in Spanish, and now listen again several times until you manage to connect in your mind the sound, that is, what they are saying, the dialogue, with these subtitles. Press the S key several times until you manage to make that mental connection between sound and text. Let's press the S key again. [speaking in Spanish] Ok, if you already managed to (mentally) connect (sound and text) at this speed, slowly increase the speed with the 2 key on your keyboard, until you can hear it (clearly) at a regular speed, that is, 1x speed. Let's hear it again at 1x speed. [speaking in Spanish] You can press the E key again and show the translation. Here's the English translation: "The residents still keep its tradition alive even today."
Well, the exercise you just did is just listening and trying to understand. That is great for training your ear, but there is something even better you can do to train your ear, and that is transcribing. Transcribing is not translating. The idea is simply to copy what you are listening to on paper. Or it can be to a Word document. But I think doing it physically, with a pencil and on paper, helps you focus much more. So I'm going to use this notebook and we're going to listen to the next line. We are going to listen to the next line in this series. [speaking in Spanish] Ok, could you understand what he said? [speaking in Spanish] Ok, I think he said "si bien se han encontrado vestigios de civilización", so I'm going to take my notebook and write. If you could not understand what they said, remember: You can slow it down by pressing the 1 key and you can listen as many times as you want by pressing the S key. Now we go back to Netflix and we are going to try to see if what I wrote is correct.
Ok, we are on Netflix, we are going to press the E key. "Si bien se han encontrado vestigios de civilizaciones". Ok, in this case there wasn't a perfect match between what I wrote and what the subtitles say, because the subtitle was cut off a bit before the voice cuts off. This can happen. In those cases what you can do is remove the auto pause. We are going to remove the auto pause and we are going to listen to this line again. [speaking in Spanish] Ok, so it's a good idea to remove the auto pause, first listen to the line in context, and then go back to the line you want to transcribe and listen to just that piece. [speaking in Spanish] I've just pressed the Q to activate the auto pause again and concentrate only on that line. Well, if I want to confirm what it says here, I can press the E again so I can see the English translation. Ok, Language Reactor not only has this function, as we said. It also allows you to watch YouTube, it also allows you to upload your own video files, your own texts.
Now, there is a small detail. There is something I have to tell you. And that is, if you go to the Chrome Web Store and you type "Language Learning with Netflix" in here (which is the previous name of Language Reactor), what's going to happen? That the first result is called "Language Learning with Netflix and YouTube" But, but, but, this, this extension, which is offered by App for language is not the original extension. This is a copy. I don't know who is behind this copy. Their official website says it is from Germany. But, but, but when I installed this copycat version at first it showed up in Korean. So it's very suspicious. Please do not install this extension. Remember: Go directly to the languagereactor.com website and from here click here to install the extension. It is the only 100% safe way for you to install the original extension, Language Reactor.
Ok, that was today's video. I hope you liked it. If you have questions about how to improve your listening, about how to learn more Spanish or any other language with movies and television series, or with videos on YouTube, then leave your comments below. I will explore other Language Reactor features in other videos. For example, I am very interested in showing you the feature of working with mp4 videos that you already have on your computer, because a few months ago I published a video on how to extract subtitles from videos downloaded from the internet and ... I know what I offered you... eh... how to learn languages with those downloaded videos but I haven't done it yet. So I'm going to do it with Language Reactor. Well, it was nice to see you. Leave me your opinion on what you think of this video format. It is a bit more informal, it is not as formal as videos that I have uploaded before. And subscribe, click on the bell and I hope to see you soon.