I still remember when I first signed up to LingQ in a rainy evening of November 2009, willing to learn Spanish, dreaming the sun and the vibe of Spain, determined not to resort to traditional language schools. Now that my Spanish is fluent, and the learning curve is not so steep as before, I decided to start learning German.
And I must confess LingQ has changed considerably since then, and now learning a language here is a whole lot more effective and enjoyable. In this year and a half of membership, I’ve seen upgrades that have made LingQ an excellent product.
I can recall dozens upon dozens of upgrades: tutoring opened to everyone, the import bookmarklet, the iphone app, the lingqcentral blogs, the new library interface, the new flashcard interface, the import/export vocabulary function, the new lesson page interface (with quick lingqing, resources, bookmarks, new audio player and so much more useful tweaks), the new profile page, the new friends page, the motivating avatar…
…and the list just goes on infinitely. But what truly I enjoyed was the community, positive people who know they are studying whatever language in the best possible way; my students, who are extremely motivated and have thanked me now and then for my lessons in the library, which was the least I could do for them; and then my collaboration with the admins, for example when I translated part of the website and Steve’s book.
That’s why I simply love LingQ, no matter how much it costs. I like when Steve says you cannot expect something to be free just because it is on the internet. One must invest money, otherwise projects like LingQ would never be possible. I will remain, perhaps for life, a proud and loyal member of this community.