I’m very new. I have known about LingQ for quite a while. I had a friend that introduced me to Steve’s Blog about a year ago. I also read Steve’s book, and really enjoyed it, because it reminded me of my own language learning experiences, and what has worked for me. I’ve been visiting Steve’s Blog for over a year…but I never tried out LingQ. Just a few weeks ago…I noticed a “free trial” button on Steve’s Blog…I had never seen it before. I decided that I had no excuse and might as well give LingQ a try. Here is my experience:
I found site registration to be extremely easy. The Welcome video was a nice touch, and I thought it did a very good job of helping me understand some of the basics of how this site can be helpful.
Finding “free” lessons was a little difficult, because at the start…the only options I had, were between which tutors I wanted to pay. Once I figured out how to add lessons to my profile, the welcome video was very instrumental in helping know how to get going.
I love how LingQ functions. I love the ability to highlight a word I don’t know, and get a quick definition. I think it is great how flashcards are made automatically. I also think it is great that both Audio and Text are available for each lesson, and either are easily downloaded into a portable format.
As a newbie…there are some things that are a bit dissatisfying to me. I’m not really happy with how LinQs are organized. If for example, I mark a LinQ as “known”, I would prefer that it goes into a “known” folder. This would be much easier for me, and would help when I want to focus on Flashcards of words I don’t know.
I’m also dissatisfied with the inability to toggle options on the flashcards, and the inability to transfer flashcards to a more portable format. To me…if I can’t take flashcards with me…they are pretty much useless. My time at the computer is much better spent, going over lesson material or chatting with a tutor.
Another issue of slight annoyance…is the way the forums are formatted. Most forums put the active threads at the top of each section of the forum. If there is an important thread, it is usually pinned at the top of the forum to make it easier to find. The “forums” section on the side of the “profile” page helps somewhat…but it only shows the 10 most recent posts…and one active thread could easily take up all of those slots.
I’m not sure how the Forums rate, in terms of importance, but if they are just “an afterthought”, I would encourage reevaluating that idea. “The Community” is probably one of the strongest aspects of LingQ that can truly make it a success over competitors. Making it easier to exchange information and offer support of each other should be of upmost importance.
LingQ has some great things going for it… and lots of potential. I’ve “dipped my toe” in the water…but I am still a little leary about coming all the way in. While there are certain aspects and convenience of the system that I like, I’m not convinced that even at $10 per month, my money is well invested. That is where I am at right now…but who knows…with time…things might change.