Idea: optionally showing what other people study

I know you can make a lesson public, but this is often not an option due to copyright violation issues. However, it would be interesting and inspiring to know what kind of materials other students study with.
How about sharing the title of lessons that are currently being studied. Of course this should be optional in case someone does not want to share it. Otherwise, this could even be anonymous (e.g. “Spanish” and then a current list of lesson headings). This list would be a bit like the “most googled terms of today”.


sounds cool

I am more of a solitary learner myself, who doesn’t engage much with the social network side of LingQ. But making the site more interactive could be interesting.
Personally, I would like to see some kind of book list functionality in LingQ. So that you could share which books you have read, at which word count. Maybe this functionality would also allow for a brief comment, like for example:

Read 三体 by 刘慈欣, finished on Feb. 3rd 2022, at word count 25k
“The book was a little difficult, so to make it comprehensible, I read each chapter in my native language before reading the Chinese. I found the accompanying audiobook on Youtube”

Another idea would be to revamp the timeline (“wall”) on the user profile; it’s somewhat useless currently? Even if somebody were to share something like above, it would just go under in all the spammy messages:“I now know over X words!”.


Thanks for sharing. I am currently reading 三体1 at 10K word count and without reading it in English or German beforehand. Yeah, challenging, but with Lingq it is doable.

BTW, how on earth did you get to 25K Chinese words within 7 months? :slight_smile:

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Well, regarding 25k:

  • worked through various textbooks for about two years (at low intensity)
  • mark words known quite liberally
  • religiously review lessons, reviewing them many times
  • spend on average 3h here, per day, on Chinese

Regarding 三体:
now I remember there is another type of information that could be helpful. For example, I was confused when I found that the audiobook (null - YouTube) didn’t seem to match the German or the Chinese texts. The reason for this is that, when book was originally published, the chapters relating to the Cultural Revolution were moved to the middle of the book, to evade censorship. So, it looks like the audiobook begins with chapter 4. No big deal really, just good to know; and potentially helpful to share.

By sharing a book list, users could literally follow the path already trodden by more experienced LingQers, read what they have read when they were at a similar stage and benefit from possible notes they took, technical hints, etc.
Ideally, the list would contain shared content as well.


I’ve often thought about this exactly Jan. I think it would help people to get an idea of the content they could be looking at. I try to share some of these things that I’ve read on the message boards when new German learners seem to be looking for direction. However, it would also be interesting to see what everyone likes to read or look at for other ideas.

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This is actually what I use Goodreads for. I keep a shelf for every language and keep it up-to-date. At some point I may start writing more full reviews for what I read, we’ll see.

I had searched for similar services for TV and Movies and tried, but have not yet found a lite solution like Goodreads yet that has lots of non-English content. I do like letterboxd for films. Maybe I should just try imdb?


I also use goodreads, and I tried to find other people learning my TL language to a level where they started to read actual books, but it was quite depressing since the vast majority of people read a couple of graded readers and then never touched native content.

If you like east asian dramas / movies , mydramalist is basically the equivalent for goodreads (great for tracking # of episodes watched).


On mydramalist you can often also find out what book the movie/drama was based on in case you want to read it.