Yabla Review

Yabla Review
8.3 Total Score
  • It’s a fun way of learning a language
  • Works great on both desktop and mobile app
  • Different to other language learning apps
  • Lots of free material to go through before paying for a subscription
  • Plenty of learning material and constantly updated with new videos

Yabla - Language Learning With Native Videos

We thought it would be a good idea to give our readers an in-depth Yabla review, the online language course that is often overlooked. So, what is Yabla? Well, it is quite different from your more mainstream popular learning apps, like Babbel and Duolingo. In fact, it is more for the intermediate and advanced looking to perfect their pronunciation and listening skills.

The idea behind Yabla is to learn using videos from native speakers. This method enables you to see and hear the way foreign speakers are expressing and pronouncing the language that you are looking to learn.

Which Languages Does Yabla Offer?

Yabla’s languages options aren’t as extensive as other language apps, this is probably because they have to pay for their video content. As you can see below they offer all of the most popular languages that people look to learn.


  • Spanish
  • German
  • French
  • Italian
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • English

Yabla also has a great addition to allowing language learners not just from English speaking countries gain relevant teaching material. For example, if you are a German native you can learn Spanish, French, Italian, and English. The language offering isn’t as vast as for English speakers, which is a bit of a shame. Maybe in the future, they will look to increase the language offering for all learners, we’ll have to wait and see.

How Much Does Yabla Cost?

Free Trial

Yabla mobile app and on a desktop is absolutely free! This entitles you to test the demo videos for your chosen language. There are 12 free videos for each language so you can get a good feel of whether you enjoy Yabla or not.

Difficulty levels range from newbie to adv-intermediate for these demos. If you do decide to subscribe you can also experience advanced levels. They have a difficulty rating system from 1 to 5 (5 Yabla TVs being the hardest).

Full Pricing

Trialing the demos is great to see whether or not you want to go ahead with the subscription. If you do decide to, then you will have to pay monthly, half-yearly or annually. Obviously, the longer the subscription the cheaper the price. You can check out Yabla’s prices below, these are the costs for all of the languages offered.

  • £7.95 a month
  • £38.95 every 6 months
  • £69.95 annually

It would be nice if they had an option to reduce costs if you paid for another language as well, however, maybe it’s a good thing as this way it makes you concentrate on one only.

If you do decide to subscribe for any of the packages above, then Yabla entitles you to a 14-day money back guarantee if you aren’t fully satisfied with their offering.

Using the Yabla App

When downloading the Yabla app you will be required to choose which language you want to start learning. Then, depending on which you choose you will then have Yabla Italian, Yabla Chinese or whichever language as the app name. On the dashboard, you will see the video options that you can pick from, as well as the different genres of the videos. We found the app very simple to use, especially when testing ourselves on the games section.

Yabla App

Android users will be extremely disappointed to hear that there isn’t yet a dedicated Yabla android app. Hopefully, this is in the pipeline, especially as the number of people using Android devices has grown significantly over the last couple of years.

Teaching Method

All in all, Yabla’s teaching methods circle around watching and interacting with the videos that are available. The learning materials can come from multiple different genres. For example, you may be presented with a music video, a TV episode or a Yabla created video all in your target language. If we are being honest, Yabla’s structure isn’t the most well laid out. It isn’t totally clear where to move next after completing each video/course. Some people definitely benefit from more structured learning.

Yabla Player

When using Yabla the majority of your time will be spent using the video player. A video will play in your chosen language and also have your native language translation underneath. If you feel like the video is going too fast then you have the option to slow it down, making it easier for you to follow along. We always recommend having a notepad and pen next to you at all times so you can write down any new words or phrases that you want to remember.

Make Use of Flashcards

If you prefer you can use Yabla flashcards. Throughout the videos, you can click on any word and save it to your personal flashcard list. Then whenever you feel like revisiting your list of words just open your flashcard and away you go! Before subscribing you can see a few examples to evaluate if this a feature that you would like to be using.

Language Games in The Video Player

One of the main tabs on the Yabla player is the games section. This is where you have the chance to test yourself on the spoken words within the video. You have the choice between, fill in the blank, vocabulary review, multiple choice and currently in beta an addition called scribe.

Obviously, multiple choice is the easiest, picking the correct word that you hear. Then fill in the blank is harder, but can be much more beneficial for learning how foreign words are written. The vocabulary review is really good as it is a mix of both, it compiles all questions from the video in one place.

Yabla scribe is fairly new and you have to write what you hear, for beginners, this can be hard as it is often whole sentences that you are having to write correctly. Maybe, if you are using this on a newbie difficulty video then it will be fine. Yabla can be a breath of fresh air for a language learner who is fed up with spaced repetition learning.

Yabla Games

Using Yabla Offline

One great feature that a lot of language apps don’t actually offer is offline learning. Look no further, Yabla actually does have this amazing feature. This is perfect for learning in the sun on the beach, whilst traveling to your destination, whether that’s by plane, train, car and so on.

How Effective is Yabla?

Let us now take a look at the effectiveness of the Yabla app and desktop version. Language immersion is one of the best ways to dive into any new language. Some people may find this harder than using spaced repetition software like Mosalingua to learn languages as it can be very full on. However, it is proven, that if you are persistent with immersion style learning that you will start to excel in your language learning quicker.

Our Overall Thoughts About Yabla

To sum up our Yabla review, we believe that it is a great tool to learn with, that is if you aren’t an absolute beginner. We also loved the fact that their offering isn’t heavily targeted towards younger learners. We feel that some other apps, like Duolingo, are more focused on younger learners, that definitely isn’t the case when talking about Yabla.

It’s a bit of a let down that android users don’t have their own dedicated app, this may be a big factor for them when choosing a language learning app. On top of that, the amount of languages is a bit limited. Luckily when testing Yabla we were already involved in learning Italian, but people that want to learn, say, Russian, will have to look elsewhere.

To conclude, we believe that Yabla can be a great addition to your language learning tools, especially if you match it with one of the many free language apps. Give it a go for yourself using the big stack of free demo videos available. Don’t forget to let us know what you think about Yabla in the comments below.

8.3 Total Score
Video immersion with Yabla

Language Variety
Teaching Material
  • It’s a fun way of learning a language
  • Works great on both desktop and mobile app
  • Different to other language learning apps
  • Lots of free material to go through before paying for a subscription
  • Plenty of learning material and constantly updated with new videos
  • No Yabla android app
  • Limited amount of languages
  • Membership only gives you access to your one chosen language
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