I don't understand how Lingq works

So, I’m supposed to build up a huge list of unknown words and phrases (Lingqs) each day? How does that help me learn? Maybe Lingq is just a bad fit for my learning style but I just don’t understand how the agressive addition of unknown words and phrases in itself is supposed to help me learn the language. Does the need to hit a large number of Lingq’s basically mean that I should be selecting stories or lessons that are at a level higher than what I currently understand? Sorry for these basic questions, but I’ve been trying to use Lingq for awhile now and I just don’t get it.

I’m sorry you are having so much trouble. The general idea is that you want to get rid of the blue words on the lesson page and create LingQs (yellow words) for the words you don’t understand or want to learn better. When you click on a blue word you see different hints for that word in the dashboard on the right-hand side of the page. Choose one of the hints or check the dictionary to create your own hint. You can also tell us if you know the word already or you may sometimes want to ignore the word and not include it in your stats.

The best place to start is by taking a look at the resources on the Academy page - Login - LingQ.

It seems simple but it is very powerful. You are learning from the language itself. Listen, read and create LingQs. Then, as you read that lesson again or future lessons, you will review these yellow LingQs in new contexts. It is this process of seeing the same words in multiple contexts that leads to accelerated vocabulary growth. And, vocabulary level is the best indicator of ability in a language especially if you have “earned” it from your reading and listening. Try meeting your targets from the Learn page. You won’t be disappointed. Your brain learns on its own just as you learned your first language.
Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions. Good luck!


I have the same question as nicholas burgette above. After I’ve created lingqs, how do i know which lesson to take next? How do I know if those yellow words will appear in the next story I read? It’s not clear at all.

I had that issue too when I first started and it took me at least 3 months of usage to know how to best navigate it. When you’re finished with a lesson just go on to another. You’ll see the lingqs that you just created again. When you see those words and phrases over and over again you’ll begin to understand them and then you can mark them as known. Just go find something new to listen and read. Do it a lot. immersion Is the most efficient and enjoyable way to lean.

I have similar problems as nicholasburgett, I joint for the 12 month, and have started over many times as it tends to automatically assign words as known, yes I know why. but still I feel i haven’t achieved anything. (haven touch it for many months)