StudyStream (beta)—the revolutionary way to learn languages from your favorite online videos, news, and blog posts—is excited to announce that its launch will be one week from today! Be one of the first to experience StudyStream by visiting www.studystre.am on Friday, November 11th. Since StudyStream is free, all you will need is an email address or an account with Facebook or Twitter.
StudyStream (beta) seamlessly combines several awesome features to deliver an integrated learning experience that will blow your mind (in the make-you-smarter kind of way).
Read along while listening. While watching videos, learn what it is being said and improve your listening skills by following along with text that is highlighted as it is spoken.
Sentence-by-sentence playback. Listen to a sentence as many times as you like or at least until you can identify the words. Try repeating after the speaker, or singing along. In fact, we would be thrilled to receive videos of you practicing a foreign language with StudyStream.
Side-by-side with your native language. Where available, a translation is displayed side-by-side with the original text. Even though a translation can never capture the subtle nuances of the original words, these translations are especially useful when just starting out.
Spoken words and their translation are highlighted as they are spoken.
Instantaneous look-up. Keep up with the speaker in real time, instantly getting the meaning of unknown words/phrases with pop-up meanings. After you see how awesome this is, you may never want to use a dictionary again.
Additionally, click on any word/phrase to download a detailed explanation, including
Word families. Instead of learning words one at a time, StudyStream groups words into families organized by the root form. See alternate forms of each word, such as “swim, swam, and swum”, and “good, better, and best”.
Color-coded word forms. StudyStream utilizes its unique understanding of sentence structure to identify and explain how a word is being used: i.e.
as a noun/verb/adjective/adveb,
in the past/future/present tense,
whether it is masculine/feminine
whether it is normal/superlative, etc.
Word forms are color-coded, so it is easy to gain a natural understanding of the different word forms that appear in different languages even without a deep grammatical understanding.
Usage examples: Linked examples sentences help demonstrate how a word is used in different articles and videos. Click on the link to visit the video or article and further branch out your study.
Placing the cursor over a word shows its meaning whereas clicking on a word loads a detailed explanation in the reference pane (on the right).
Personalized exercises. StudyStream creates tailored exercises based on your study habits that help strengthen your memory, improve your listening comprehension, and deepen your understanding of the language you are learning.
Focus on specific video/article. Focus on learning the words and phrases in a specific video or article. Videos and articles become much easier to understand after learning relevant words/phrases in the article.
Pick your words. Whether watching a video, reading an article, or concentrating on an exercise, words and phrases can be individually added or removed from your exercises. Add unknown words during an exercise to dynamically expand the exercise and continually fill in gaps.
Self-balancing load. Learn at your own pace with self-balancing difficulty that optimizes review timing and gradually introduce new words, based on which exercise questions you get right.
StudyStream has a growing list of personalized exercises to strengthen understanding of added concepts
Example of multiple choice exercise for identifying the meaning of the tested word/phrase.
On the right, the user can look up unknown words that appear in the example sentences.
We are confident that StudyStream is well on its way to becoming the world’s foremost language learning environment and are so excited to finally be including the most part—you! The sky is the limit and we can’t wait to hear all your ideas for StudyStream.
The following features are coming soon:
More exercises, including listening comprehension exercises, writing exercises
Ability to add your own favorite online videos and articles
Ability to contribute new words, definitions, translations, and more.
Ability to share videos, articles, and words with friends
Support for more languages
Support for iOS and Android
Charts and graphs summarizing your learning progress