Study Stream is a new service for learning to read and speak Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and Portuguese. Study Stream takes an interesting approach to helping people learn these languages. The centerpiece of the Study Stream system is a collection of videos and articles in the language that you’re trying to learn. The videos and articles are accompanied by side-by-side translations to help you follow along. From each video or article you can select words and phrases that you want to study through the study exercises provided by Study Stream.
Applications for Education
Study Stream reminds me a bit of a service called 22 Frames that also uses current, relevant videos to help students acquire new language skills. While I don’t think it can replace formal instruction with a world languages teacher, Study Stream could be a good independent practice tool for students.