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Principal function(s): Audiobooks
Vorleser is a free audiobook platform that offers more than 750 audiobooks in German. It is available as a website and an app. Users can listen to audiobooks on the website or download them for free as MP3 files. They are accompanied by texts that can also be downloaded for free as PDF documents. All recordings are produced by Vorleser’s narrators. The program includes poetry, short stories and novels and covers topics such as love, crime or mystery. The collection offers works by classic and contemporary authors.
Evaluation: Vorleser is a practical tool for learners of German as a foreign language. It can be used for enhancing language skills such as listening and reading. It is suitable for intermediate and advanced students.
Cost: Free without registration
Type Of Interaction
Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface
Time efficiency Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task
Interface language(s) The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to
Respect for privacy Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous?
Medium. Vorleser does not require login or installation, and might collect personal data through contact forms. It also gathers data automatically during websites visits such as browser type and IP address. The purpose of collecting this data is primarily to ensure the proper functioning of the website by statistically analysing user behavior in an anonymized and aggregated form. For that, it might be shared with third parties. Importantly, it also refers to third-party services such as Google Analytics and Google AdSense, which may collect additional data for their analytics and advertising services. Vorleser emphasises treating personal data confidentially and following legal data protection requirements. It acknowledges users’ rights to request information about their stored personal data, together with the correction, blocking, or deletion of this data. Vorleser does not explicitly state compliance with the GDPR. See more here.
Saving work for future use Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction
Yes, audio books and texts can be downloaded.
Tailorability (If so, how?) Possibility of the tool to be used for a range of different activities (e.g. to what extent you can organize a project assignment with a central activity based on this tool)
Compatibility/ Operating System
Windows, Mac, iOS, Android
Other technical requirements
Playphrase (Tool to find the pronunciation of words from movies
Playphrase is a tool that searches specific words or phrases out of movie snippets from a database of audiovisual media with over 60,000 phrases. In this manner, it provides real-life examples of words’ and sentences’ pronunciation. Users just have to type specific phrases, watch them being used naturally in context within popular movies and TV shows, and listen to their pronunciation. Playphrase works mainly with English. Playphrase is not open-source, but it is freely available. It does not require setting up an account or signing in.
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