I thought it would be fun for us all to contribute tidbits of advice for newbies to Lingq. I’ll start with two points:
This is a very complex site offering many ways to improve your language skills. My mistake at the beginning was to ignore Lingqs many assets and thoughtful design and just use it as a glorified flashcard set. Then I happened to read some advice from Steve Kaufman, the founder, about how the site was designed to be used and immediately began to get much, much more out of it.
You can’t entirely trust the Lingq pronunciation in Italian. In a small percentage of cases, the “voice” makes a mistake and says the word incorrectly. Because pronouncing Italian is straightforward–except for placement of stress–it’s easy for me to notice it doesn’t sound right and check the pronunciation elsewhere. I don’t know if this is a problem with other languages as the only one I’m using Lingq for at present is Italian.
What can other users contribute to help our newbies?