Fluencia Review: Not Worth The Cost... Alternatives Exist
- Written byLara Scott
- Read time2 mins
- Explanation of technical aspects is decent
- Sensitive to social contexts
- Bite-sized lessons
- Assessment of learning not always accurate
- Lessons lack depth
- Really uninspiring design
Fluencia is an uninspiring Spanish course with little actual substance or unique value. It's a standard course that looks like many others.
Far better alternatives exist for Spanish.
Fluencia is straightforward as a Spanish course - it does what it says it’ll do - but there’s nothing remarkably good about it.
I reviewed their course recently and found it to be uninspiring.
Not terrible, but not great either.
Fluencia first asks you why you want to learn Spanish, with options like “Work”, “Family”, and “Travel”, so they tailor the units and vocabulary to your learning objective.
Amidst a wide range of exercises that teach phrases and sentences, the app explains technical aspects of Spanish – pronunciation rules, spelling, affixes, articles, etc. (not all at one go, but bite-sized, per unit).
That being said, they don’t seem too concerned about your use of punctuation and Spanish letters in your answers.
It balances flexibility and progress in that you’re able to jump around units within each level (ten units per level, several lessons per unit), but not across levels.
Each unit starts by listing the Spanish words you will learn, but this list has no English translation, so apart from the title, you can’t really be sure about the contents of the unit till you dive in. The units are nicely wrapped up with two review lessons which assess your learning.
Despite this intentional model for assessment, actual learning and understanding is not guaranteed if you’re one to rush through the exercises.
Sometimes, you can get the right answer without understanding why, and the app assumes you understand it the first time you chance upon the right answer.
This is especially so for the audio-based MCQ.
While this means that you can quickly proceed to higher levels if you’re indeed a fast learner (because the exercise will not re-test questions you got right), it also means that if you’re a lazy and hasty learner, luck might falsely promote you when you’re not ready.
Also, there’s frequent language learning advice that pops up, to help in your journey.
But, again, if you’re rushing through and not taking the lessons seriously, you could miss out.
Overall, Fluencia isn’t that bad, but for the price they’re charging, I would highly recommend an alternative like Babbel or Rocket Spanish.
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I have been using Fluencia for several months and basically I would agree with your assessment. In addition, I do not believe that all the translation of sentences is accurate. It seems that often the English sentences are translated into Spanish that is more complex than necessary, and this is according to checking it against a number of translators.