Listening Comprehension Methods / Routines with Lingq

Upon my recent posts I have found out that reading while listening to me seems the most effective way to improve listening comprehension, my question is how can I do this within Lingq? ( and of course passively listening when doing tasks )

would I read the lesson all the way through first moving all the blue words to yellow and then the yellow words to known just reading and listening to the text to speech.

once completing this starting the lesson all over again but this time just listening to the audio and following the words with my mouse and or finger as the words are being pronounced then perhaps repeating the audio , then moving onto the next part of the lesson then repeating?

any kind of routine and methods that people do would be great!

I have cracked how to increase vocab which for me is just exposing myself to lots of words!

now I need to know how to crack my listening comprehension !

also would listening to a word without learning the meaning be a problem?

thanks to everyone that replies I appreciate all the comments and look forward to them every morning!


I’m still in the learning process myself, but it seems to me the way to crack your listening comprehension is by: listening, listening, listening! After you read while listening, save your favorite articles in LingQ’s playlist feature, then listen to them over and over again while you drive, walk, exercise, do the dishes, etc. Some experts say you should listen 30, 50 times to the same audio, so make sure you save and listen to audios that you really like and find interesting!!!

When I’m starting with a new language, I usually read one page of a new lesson at a tim, looking up the words then listen to the audio of that page while I re-read it, then move to the next page and so on. After that, I go back to the beginning and listen while I read, moving to the next page without stopping the audio. Next, I listen just to the audio, trying to pick up words/phrases/sentences and keep track of where in the lesson the audio is at a particular moment. I repeat this a couple of times during the day. I then go on to review some older lessons. I tipicallly listen to it without the audio before reading the text.
That’s what I’m doing with the Slovak mini-stories because I’m a beginner in that language. In contrast, in Russian (which I’ve been learning for a couple years) I listen to new lessons without looking at the text, to test how much I can understand. Only later do I read the text.

Remember this: the most important thing is that you listen to content whose meaning you “kind of” know, whose main message you understand. In the first steps of your learning you understand because you remember what you read. That’s good enough. Your brain will associate sounds and meaning over time. In the beginning your “understanding” will be vague, e.g. “I think that this is the part where they talk about what foods they like”. Gradually, you’ll begin to identify single ideas/sentences

“I think that this is the part where they talk about what foods they like”

that is very true when I hear some of the sounds from the audio it is usually because I remember reading the word or have learnt the word.

So I think my new method will be as I said finish the lesson which I am on, changing all words to yellow or white then listening to the audio while following them along with my mouse then repeating them and then moving on to the next piece of the lesson!

While listening to Spanish audio when I am doing chors or driving etc etc!


Listening comprehension takes a very long time. I´m still unsure of what level you should listen to vs what level you have. I will say if you want to understand the language at full speed, you´ll have to practice listening to it at full speed, but then I´d also do some listening to easier stuff, perhaps slowed down a bit so can register some kind of victory understanding it. If you only listen to hard stuff, where you can barely understand, it´ll just kill your soul, or at least it did mine.

I´d say listen to all levels of material, just try to soak your brain in it, but mostly listen to stuff that you can at least follow the gist of, with text if possible. Mix it up between intensive and extensive listening, I no longer try to understand every single word, unless it´s short and I have the text (intensive), most of my listening now is extensive, and if I don´t understand something I don´t let it bother me as much. It took me a long time to be able to do that. Nowadays I just look for the meaning and I consider it job done if I understand the general message of what´s being said. Most of my vocab learning is solely from reading.

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it’s annoying I am trying to create myself a daily routine at first it was just reading for 2.5 hours a day which is great for learning new words but now I need to try and include my listening comprehension as I would only listen to the text to speech on lingq I have bit of an idea now how I am gonna improve my listening and reading while of course increasing vocab and I will now start to do a lot more passive listening!

once I have cracked an effective routine for myself I like to think I will be fine!

and now I will be slowing down my reading because I need to take time out of my routine to listen my known words are going to not be as fast as they could because I will not have as much time as before!

I wouldn´t worry too much about how fast you learn tbh, unless you need it for your job, speed isn´t something that will matter in the long run, as language learning never stops. Besides, you can expect a sharp decrease in the rate of word acquisition once you reach a certain level as each new unknown word becomes more obscure.

yeah that is true I am not sure how many words that is but I know that well it more than likely will happen

hey that seems like a good method! I am gonna give that a try too!

You don’t need a ‘method’. Just listen a lot. If you don’t quite catch something, rewind and relisten. If you still don’t get it, listen with transcript.

I also believe that just listening without reading in the first level gives something only for the pronunciation, but almost nothing for the real language study.
The most of new words you receive from reading, not from listening.
Listening just activate those words which you have already received by reading.