How does one import a whole book (pdf and separate audio on youtube)?

Hi there, I would like to import the whole first Harry Potter book in Hungarian translation into Lingq. What I have consists of a PDF that is 128 pages long. Separately there are audios files on YouTube of people reading the book out loud, one of which apparently has the whole first book in one file and another of which divides the first book up into 7 parts. If I’m able to get the audio files off youtube in mp3 format (how???) I am able to split them up using Audible…

I’ve never done any importing of this nature into Lingq and need advice on how to proceed.

P.S. If there a users manual available, or somewhere where you can look up detailed information on functions like this one, please let me know about it! And no, I’m not referring to the small set of introductory videos!


Unfortunately adding audio to the lessons on Lingq is quite a painful experience, because you have to perfectly cut the audiobook and look if the ending and beginning are aligned with audio. That’s a lot of work, so what I did is listen to the book using an Mp3 file on the computer and then manually add the amount I’ve listened to in a day. That’s up to you if you want to add the audio or keep it separately. But, whatever way, I can give some inspiration how I read books here on LingQ.
Here’s a screenshot of my “set-up” for the books:


Wow, that’s interesting information (and cool how you manage to include s screenshot within the comment!). I’m not sure I quite understand how you manually add your listening time though. It looks like you’re just maintaining a record for yourself outside the app. Is this correct? Or (astonishingly) have you discovered how you can you manually add it to your Lingq stats within the app?

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Here’s a further question. Let’s say I was going to go down the route of importing the audio into Lingq. Do I just paste the address of the YouTube video into the “audio” field when I’m creating the first Lesson? Or do I have to put my faith in one of those iffy pieces of software out there that supposedly create MP3 audio files from YouTube videos and point to the mp3 file I created? If so, which software/website would be recommended to get the MP3 file?

If I was pointing to an audio file for the first lesson that started off at the same place as my text but was much longer, I imagine I would start off by listening my way through to till the end of the text for that lesson…and then I’d have to cut out a piece of audio to correspond to the start of the next lesson….

Is this how it works?

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Thank you! it’s actually quite easy to add listening time to the system, (that was listened outside of lingq, like I do with audiobooks). So I do keep track both on LingQ and outside. Here’s how you can do it:

In the previous version of LingQ you were able to add or subtract the listened time (a little blindly to be honest), now it’s more precise, you can see the amount of hours in (hrs/minutes) as opposed to (1.5hours) for example, but you also has to now consider the whole amount of time that you did. For example, you’ve listened 15 minutes on lingq and 50 minutes outside, so you have to write that, in total, you’ve listened 1h and 5m. A bit inconvenient that is, but that’s what you have.

  1. I think you can paste the YouTube address when editing or adding the lesson, but I’m not sure, better send an email to
  2. You can try and doing all the things completely manually, i had done that a long time ago and now regret it haha. There’s an extension to the google chrome that you can use to download videos from YouTube. It’s called “” or just enter the site: YouTube Downloader - Download Youtube videos for free!
  3. And yeah, that’s why I called it a “painful experience”, you have to cut everything so precisely that it would take too much time. In my opinion, those, who really made it working on lingq, should be called heroes! That’s why I have a text document that tracks at what time I last stopped listening. And also by the end of the book you can see exactly how long the book is by hours and minutes!
    I hope that helps.
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I’ve never tried importing a pdf, (I don’t think), but it should be easy.

On the website, in the upper righthand corner you’ll see a circle with a square with an arrow pointing into the square. Click that and choose “Import ebook”. Then just drag your file onto the window or “select file” which will bring you to your filesystem to locate the file there.

That should be it. It’ll get broken up into many lessons…probably around 30-40. They won’t be broken up by “real” chapters usually.

Because of this, it really usually doesn’t make sense to try and import the audio as others have mentioned. Either listen straight from youtube, or there are many online facilities to extract the sound to an mp3.


Ok I that makes sense. Thanks for the advice!

No problem! The email was blocked for some reason, so I’ll write it again - if you want to know more it’s better to ask the team: support(at)