Do lessons still automatically split at 2000 words?

I just imported a lesson by copy pasting a pdf along with an audio file. The lesson atomically split into two parts. I had not experienced this before. After doing some searching through forums, I saw that lessons are supposed to automatically split at 2000 words.

I ask because previous lessons in the series I’m studying from were well over 2000 words (close to 3000) and they were not split. I was able to verify this with a word counter.

It’s not the end of the world since the audio was split correctly as well. I’m just curious. I don’t want lessons splitting mid sentence in the future.


Not 100% on this, but usually my lessons will go up to ~4000 words before they’re automatically split into 2000 word chunks. I don’t think I’ve ever had an individual lesson be more than 4000. Anything that long gets split into 2000 word chunks.


Yes, nothing has changed there and long texts are still automatically split on each 2000 words.

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Hello Zoran,

I thought the limit used to be higher? I have copied and pasted lessons in the past well over 3000 words with no problem. All of my lesson creating is for private use since I use Audible audio and copyrighted books. I have almost a hundred French and Spanish language audible books and I am not interested in the publicly provided content or video content at LingQ at all.

I had already resigned myself to the fact that I had to split audio files for chapters longer than 4000 words. I did this because I do not like the way the system splits the files rather randomly and audio files even worse. Yesterday, I tried to upload my first time into the new interface, a file of about 2800 words and it split into 2 files of 2018 + 775 into a separate file but still attached the full audio. Very frustrating.

Can we circumvent this in some way? There are very few chapters in normal books under 2000 words. I can foresee having to chop my files into 3 and even 4 or more files now, a task which would take almost as long as just the listening and reading itself! A poor investment of my very limited study time. Please confirm if there is any possibility of a workaround for this and please allow us longer files! I really want the 4000 word limit back.


I agree here. Looking back on it now, everything I uploaded that was in the 2000-3000 word range did not get split prior to the new update. Now everything I upload gets split, and it’s not always pretty.

I’m not sure why there is a 2000 word limit, I suppose it has something to do with the backend of things; as far as loading lessons/large file sizes making things slower. I’m not a programmer so I’m just guessing.

As you said, very few chapters in any meaningful book are less than 2000 words. I’m working through a book series in my target language that I read in English as a child in 6th-7th grade, and even these books have more than 2000 words per chapter.

One thing I’ve been doing that I’ve seen other members do regarding audio books is foregoing the audio upload, and simply reading with the audio playing from an external source. This has saved me a lot of headaches when it comes to synchronizing audio with texts here in LingQ.

The downsides are you need to remember to track and manually add your own listening times as well as the inability to add audios to a LingQ playlist (correct me if I’m wrong here).

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I agree that 2000 words is very little. I have imported books from Google Play and every chapter is cut in two, three and even four parts. Would it not be possible to raise the limit to 4000 or 5000 words?


Any plans on raising the limit in future updates guys?

I remember Mark saying a few years ago this would be looked into.
2000 words is not ideal when importing ebooks as every chapter ends up being split in many different parts.

Surely with today’s technology the limit could be raised without slowing down the system too much.

Maybe offer an option to adjust the length of the lessons so that intermediate and advanced learners have more to chew on.


There was definitely an upper limit of 4000 words in v4 before triggering a split lesson. I have many previous lessons which I imported (and shared), so I would generally work to that figure and it suited the material I was importing.

I also agree that 2000 is on the low side and would prefer to see the ‘original’ trigger level restored back if this was still possible in any future updates … please …???
Thank you, Frank


I don’t think that’s in plans for the near future. But maybe something that will be considered later.


Thank you. It would be much appreciated.