I use lingq but only for languages that I already learned a bit at school.
I will live in Italy and I don’t know if it is a good option to learn directly at lingq or to buy assimil first and then to use lingq…
What do you think?
I’m a big fan of Assimil. Starting with the Assimil books, then using LingQ to work through books is a very powerful learning combination – even when you’re already living in the country.
you can use both i use them both for learning italian
I started learning Italian from scratch last year April and used exceptionally LingQ. As a result, speaking B1-B2, listening C1, Writing B1. In other words, LingQ is more than enough.
I feel like Assimil would be a waste of money. I would read read and read here at lingQ. Try to find interesting content to import onto the site.
I think I would have been lost if I had started with lingq, but I had very little experience with other languages prior to beginning to study Italian. I learned a great deal about sentence structure through Duolingo.com. After a couple of months of working exclusively with that site, I found lingq and have increased my vocabulary significantly. Now I work with both sites, as I think they each have something different to offer.
I personally combine lingQ with youtube(create a new account to get only italian feed), Duolingo and songs. I started viewing “Learn Italian with lucrenzia” because she solves practical doubts speaking Italian in a way in which you can understand most. After you improve level you can start watching Ted talks in Italian and other things that seem interesting to you. LingQ helps me view the words written and learn their meaning. I use Duolingo to learn specific vocabulary and to learn grammar rules in not a boring way. And of course listening to music can help you learning new vocabulary, and once you know the song and you search the lyrics you suddenly know all the words without even knowing. I have been making a lot of progress in this way, I recommend it because you learn fast and in a fun way
Thank you for all your answers!! I will try to learn only with lingq (+ youtube, songs etc) and I will see if I am not lost
I started Spanish in school years ago and then started using LingQ which has helped me achieved fluency. During my time when I started LingQ and doing a couple of 90 Day Challenges, I spent about 20-30% of the time reviewing my old college textbook from the one class I took.
When I go for a new language, I will use Teach Yourself, check out Assimil, and doing some of that beginner coursework before starting with LingQ. I can see how people could try to use LingQ totally from scratch, but I personally wouldn’t do it.
I have learned Italian using LingQ and reading some books I could find.
For sure, you may invent the grammer yourself. But it is already described in many books.
The grammer books build a sceleton, LingQ grows meat around it.
Deep down, the only flaw with this debate is that the arguments for pro and con of using Assimil vs. “from scratch on LingQ” have nothing to do with the outcome. The outcome of both approaches will be that you’ll learn the language if you put in the time – as evidenced by many of the responses here.
The debate here is which method will make the experience “better, easier, more engaging” etc. etc. The only people who can answer that question are people who have used both approaches and can relate their experiences.
In my experience, if you’re gonna start with beginner content, Assiml is simply a “better” choice, BUT there is a specific way were LingQ can give you an advantage, which is tackling native level content from the get-go. I wrote about the approach and comparison to Assimil in an earlier post:
Thank you very much!
As an italian native speaker I’m not the best person to give you any kind of advice.But as I always said anyone can learn any language even from scratch…and yes I’m absolutely sure you can do it with lingq …but maybe trying different approaches is gonna give you a more complete point of view and a little bit chances to achieve the “big result”.I’m also willing to help you(and obviously other people too) learning Italian.I think Assimil is a very powerful system to begin learning a new language from scratch mostly because it gives you a good start.Bear in my mind that the more you get exposure to the language the more you will obtain from it.This is the main point.Bye guys