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3ears Mini-Review: Free Learning Through Russian Videos

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3ears – 4.5 

3Ears is a (mostly) free platform that helps you learn Russian through videos and interactive transcripts. It is similar to Yabla, FluentU, and Caption Pop, but dedicated solely to learning Russian. Although you can choose an interface language, the translations seem to only be available in English.

Each video contains a script in Russian that follows along with the audio. There is also an English translation that appears at the top of the screen which seems to have been written and edited by the site’s users.

If you click on the words in the Russian transcript, you can receive a translation, multiple audio samples from various pronunciation websites, classification for the word, various forms of the word, and sample sentences that link to an audio example from other media. You can also mark words in the transcript as ‘known’, and those words will then appear in green in future videos. This way, you can assess how familiar you are with the vocabulary in various videos just by looking at the colour of the transcript.

On the home page you can filter content by various themes, such as films (entire films are available on the site), cartoons, news, songs, humour, reading, and poetry. Videos that you enjoy or would like to watch in the future can be sorted into personalized folders.

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The current rating is our best estimate. We haven’t had the opportunity yet to more thoroughly evaluate this resource, as we do for our full reviews.

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