I must say that I’m really enjoying learning my target language here on LingQ and the site is really quite a good bit of kit.
Sure there are plenty of things to improve. In fact, I’d be surprised if there wasn’t. This is a new type of learning environment with little to be compared to. You’re a blazing pioneer on the western front, so-to-speak. A lot of the concepts here on LingQ are new and revolutionary, so its going to take time to “mature” much the same way many other things mature slowly over time.
It’s good to see a lot of input / feedback in the forums from members, the good AND the bad. There is a lot of potential there to explore ways to evolve the way LingQ works. I believe that it’s a good idea to remain fair, just and above all don’t take things personally. I’m sure there are times when you just want to pull your hair out over the endless supply of nitpicking but just realising that no matter how good or bad you make LingQ, there will always be nitpicking and it’s just a part of life.
What LingQ has is content and you should all be commended for putting up all the content that is on there at the moment. Loads and loads if interesting content. Actually, I should be even more precise:
LingQs main asset is:
“Real authentic audio conversations that have been transcribed with an accompanying text”.
I think that is the most important resource on this site. The point and click and save interface is nice, but I don’t always use it. It can easily be copied by any of your competitors and I know its “new” and “revolutionary” but I’m worried that as you guys get more and more successful you’ll start to get entrepreneurs starting up sporting similar point-click-save interfaces. I’m a programmer and, yes, I know all to well how easy it would be to make a similar system, but thankfully the point-and-click thing isn’t what makes LingQ at all - it’s the content.
I became painfully aware of this only a few weeks ago. “Content”!!!
I had the first 5 sections of Who Is She transcribed in to vietnamese with a transcript. Total cost? $70 USD. I also became painfully aware of the web’s current inadequacy when it comes to real interesting content WITH transcripts in foreign languages. Even in a language as abundant as French, it’s very hard to find transcribed content. I had to PAY through the nose to get content in Vietnamese, and it will probably have to be the case with a lot of other things. If there was a website that HAD all these things, as LingQ does, it would be a wonderful ongoing resource for language learners of all languages. So please keep going with that. Le Podcast High Tech is great. More more more more more more more more more and more pls. MORE!
So please, keep doing what you’re doing. Keep listening to your customer base. Try and make your improvements, but also keep on vying for as much new content as you can and expand your content library, if that isn’t the primary goal already. Getting your users to provide the content for points, I believe, is a great idea. It’s the basis for most web 2.0’s like youtube, ebay, google, myspace. Let the people MAKE and SHARE the content.
Again, well done on getting LingQ to where it is. Much appreciated and I hope your business, customerbase and content grows. This has the potential to be a win-win situation for everyone.