Best study routine

can anyone suggest me a daily study routine on lingq that I can follow to reach fluency in english?

note: you also can tell me how you have studied to get to fluency on other languages so I can get some inspiration from it :heart_hands:

As a native English speaker learning Russian, I find that several productivity habits have been helpful to me. With no children or other major commitments, I have more time available to dedicate to language learning.

I wake up early each day to review previous LingQ content, and communicate with my language exchange partners throughout the day via text or audio messages. During the day, I listen to YouTube videos for additional exposure. In the evenings, I continue to use LingQ to explore new content. On weekends, I spend time reviewing my LingQ vocabulary.

  • I wake up earlier to spend 1-2 hours practicing, which helps me accomplish more and feel productive in the morning. During this time, I spend approximately 1 hour reviewing previous content on LingQ, repeating words and phrases verbally. I also spend 30-60 minutes conversing with my language exchange friends in English and Russian.
  • Throughout the day, I communicate with my language exchange partners via text and audio messages whenever time permits. I also incorporate YouTube videos for background noise and work on a paid course for added practice on basic language skills, such as pronunciation and phonetics.
  • Every Wednesday, I have a 1-hour meeting with my tutor to address any words or phrases I am struggling with, which I document on a spreadsheet throughout the week. Additionally, my language exchange partners offer valuable assistance with this.
  • In the evening, I allocate 30-45 minutes to import new LingQ content and expand my learning further.
    I hope this is helpful and wish you the best in your studies. If you have any questions or would like to practice your English, please feel free to reach out to me.
  1. Do reading when your brain is well rested. I usually do it in morning. I follow a pomodoro technique. For 25 minutes focused reading I take a 5 minute break drink water, eat a piece of fruit, then get ready for another 25 minutes of focused reading then I again take a 5 minute break drink water etc.
  2. Later in the evening when my energy is not at the highest level, then I do passive activities in the language like watching youtube videos and television shows.
  3. When I am resting on my bed, I listen to playlists that I created on LingQ or when walking outside. I use my deadtime as well for listening purpose (most of the time I listen to playlists).Tip: Do it consistently every day, 2 hours of reading every day will produce far better results than reading for 2 hours on the weekends. You forget less. Consistency is key to success. 98% of battle is like showing up every day. Even a tool like LingQ will be effective only if you use it every day.

Good Luck


thanks for the piece of advice :heart_hands:
well, I got keen on the ideia of us practicing . how could we make that work ? how can i reach out to u?

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what would you generally read ? and what would u listen to ?

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Short lessons that are available on LingQ library. After finishing all lessons in a particular course, I create a playlist and then listen to this playlist on my iphone. Several times in the day in short sessions. Before having a lunch or before a dinner.

I usually read short stories and easy readers since language used is simple and short. From time to time I also read novels written by modern authors. I stick to one author for a while, for example, if I read Stephen Kings novel first time, then my next 2 novels will be of the same author as each author likes to repeat his or her favorite vocabulary in his or her every novel. I do not like to jump from author to author.

Apart from studying on LingQ, I watch cartoons, anemie, and television shows on amazon prime. I listen to radio broadcasts as well from time to time.

My favrorite genre is detective novels and also anything related to thrillers. I do not like reading fantasy novels or science fiction novels. My mind finds them very boring.

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do you watch tv shows and things outside lingq with or without subs?

yes i watch cartoons, anime, television, shows (homeland, prison break, sherlock holmes, elementary. etc). These are outside LingQ. I do not watch them with subtitles; My goal is to focus on the language and try to understand it; by using my natural ability like using my subconscious mind. I focus on the body language of actors and actresses; things they are pointing at while speaking. I keep a notebook next to me. I do not stop the episode; if come across an un unknown word which I need to look up , i will write it down quickly on it and keep watching the episode. At the end of the show, I will look it up in the dictionary and will add the sentence in Anki for later review. I do not look up every unknown words only a few important ones which I think can be important.


how can you recognize the unknown words they are saying if you are just listening ?

how can you recognize the unknown words they are saying if you are just listening ?>>

It will not happen right away. You have to patient with yourself and keep increasing your vocabulary through reading here on LingQ. Just to illustrate this, For example, you learn words such as “I, see, girl, sit, on, the , bench”.

while watching a show you hear the sentence " I see the beautiful girl sitting on the bench". Your subconscious mind recognizes all these words but not beautiful; but you can make out the sound so you try to look up the word beautiful in the dictionary.

Turning on subtitles can be helpful but it hampers your guessing ability as you start reading each and every word on the screen and stop hearing the language. In real-time conversations, you focus on the keywords to derive the overall meaning of the message. Therefore, if you start training your subconscious mind this way right from the start by not using subtitles, it can do its required work. Even in our native languages, when listening we do not focus on each and every word we focus on an overall meaning. Initially, for a few months, it will be tough watching this way but trust me with time you will get better at it as you keep increasing your vocabulary through reading.


I’m learning Spanish on lingQ. This is day 100 (I started with no knowledge of the language)

I started working through the course Who is She, which I am familiar with already (I used the same course when learning Japanese). This gave me a small stock of Spanish words that I had learned.

Then I looked through the LingQ library and picked out the lessons with the lowest % of new words (under 20% is best). And read, and reread them until I learned the new words.

After about 25 days I imported some easy books that I had already read in English. Agatha Christie murder mysteries. I have spend 75 days reading murder mysteries in Spanish and now know 23 000 words in Spanish.

Also now I can understand spoken Spanish, as long as a) it is slowed down to about 75% speed and b) someone has been murdered. I didn’t really work at listening skills, so I don’t know how that even happened.

It’s hard to explain in any more detail. Ive been using LingQ for a long time now (I learned Russian and Japanese here too) so I know it works. I don’t know exactly how it works, but I don’t worry about that any more.

The more time you spend reading, the faster you learn. You don’t have to work at it. Just get yourself a good book with a really interesting murder in it!

Good luck!


how do you train your listening skills though? do you do reading and listening at the same time?

  • Study every day. Ideally an hour or so. 10 minutes per day is not enough.
  • Read while listening. At the beginner stage, read the text first, lingQing all new words, then straight after re-read the text with the audio playing I’d usually do this twice). At the intermediate stage, you can just skip straight to reading while listening.
  • Relisten to the things you have read. Do this when you are washing to dishes, cleaning the house, and walking the dog.
  • Choose appropriate material! Don’t study material with huge amounts of unknown words. And use lots of podcasts and YouTube videos before you start reading books. This is important because you will learn the more common vocabulary first and you will practise your listening ability more with conversations.
  • Have patience.
  • You will eventually have to start practicing speaking to become a fluent speaker.

I’m already at b1, i have studied a few hours outside lingq. what do you recommend that I do as a b1 student to overcome this plateau ?
I can do an hour of intensive studying and an hour and a half of passive listening+ partially active listening

To learn a language, I always emphasize concentrating and sticking to a particular resource: author, genre, topic, etc., to have a deeper understanding of the content in addition to learning vocabulary. I would have to ask for pardons for my bad habit of trying to nail down every nitty-gritty detail when it comes to learning. Following is the workflow for reading Little women by Louisa May Alcott.

  1. Import the vocabulary list and preview the words in context. The dictionary entry with references from all sources is invaluable even if I may recognize most, if not all.

  2. Reading a page or few about the author, the book, and even American Civil War on Wikipedia would do more good than harm.

  3. Read the imported book at Lingq, along with the reference.
    Little Women: Study Guide | SparkNotes
    Little Women Readalong: Chapters 1 and 2

  4. Watch an adapted film before or after reading the book.

  5. Participate actively by writing and speaking with an interested group or a tutor.


Read and listen to harder content


at the same time ?

read, listen, and reading/listen, but reading and listening together is better


It beats me whether I questioned you about that already, stilI, I could not help but notice you reached 3000 hours of chinese listening.
how is your listening skills right now ?
can you understand the majority of what you hear ?
and are these listening hours combined with reading ?

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I feel like a study “routine” is the wrong way to think of it. For me, that’s just separating your TL from the rest of your life, which IMO, isn’t the right mindset.

Perhaps the goal should be to weave your TL into your life and to see it as an alternative tool (to your NL) for consuming content/living your life, rather than something you’ve scheduled into your day once you’ve done all the daily stuff you do in your NL.

If you can make it so that you’ve set everything up to a point where the decision to use your TL isn’t even a decision to make - it’s just what you use to do that daily activity - you’re pretty much golden.