Selective redaction — hiding some but not all of the words — is a key feature of the Jiveworld Method.

Other apps take an all-or-nothing approach to showing the Spanish transcript. Showing nothing leaves the learner floundering, unable to piece together a narrative. But showing everything means you are mostly reading, and doing very little active listening.

Selective redaction allows you to choose the level of help you need, while you still keep your ears working hard, filling the gaps. We also provide other assistance in the form of speed control, and English hints at the top of each passage. You can switch on these helpers by enabling assist mode — when the lightbulb icon is yellow.

To personalize the assist mode for your level of fluency tap on the assist settings — the gear icon above the lightbulb. There are two types of words you can select on or off:

  • Vocab — words and phrases that might be unfamiliar to you are underlined green. This control also enables "SIC" (underlined in orange) which indicate any non-standard usage by the speaker. If you tap on either of these a panel will pop up with definitions or corrections. 
  • Tricky Bits —  these are words and phrases that should be familiar, but might be difficult to discern because of way they are spoken. These are underlined in gray: dark gray underlines indicate there's a language or cultural note you can view by tapping.

If you prefer, you can turn off redaction entirely and view all the words in the transcript as they're spoken.

You can also tap on speaker labels to see a short description of their role in the story. 

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