Learning languages online opens you up to a world of new blogs, news sites, TV shows, books, movies and more. Having the goal of watching a movie or reading a whole blog post in your target language and understanding everything is awesome, but what about using that content to actually learn from?
The LingQ Chrome (LingQ Importer - Chrome Web Store), Safari (http://apple.co/2ns9fdE) and Firefox (Get the LingQ Importer - Firefox extension!) browser extensions let you do just that! Find something you want to read in your new language and use the extension to grab it and instantly turn it into a lesson on LingQ.
The attached video is a quick tutorial on how to use the Chrome extension …
…So easy, right?! Now that you have the LingQ Chrome extension and you know how to use it, wouldn’t it be awesome to get some tips on places to find great content online? Check out the latest post on the LingQ blog Learning Languages Online With the LingQ Browser Extensions! - LingQ (sorry if your language isn’t here )
Oh my, it worked right out of the box! Wonderful, thank you!!
Yeah, works good. Thanks guys!!
it worked fine thanks LingQ
Thanks! Nice idea!! Can I do this and automatically open the import in more natural “classic view”?
Great question! I just switched the lesson I was working on to “classic view” then used the extension to import a news article – the lesson opened in classic
Let me know if you have any other questions.
This looks great and seems a lot nicer to use than the old bookmarklet, however, it seems that the extension doesn’t always grab the whole article. I tried it on two pages, both in Japanese and unfortunately it happened on both but in different ways.
The first was from BBC’s Japanese coverage: ハワイの連邦地裁、トランプ氏の入国禁止命令を無期限差し止め - BBCニュース where it took the paragraph after the 2nd photo that starts in bold (although it ignored the bold part), but missed the rest. The second was from NHK News Web Easy (as it was linked on the blog): http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/easy/k10010929791000/k10010929791000.html where it grabbed the 2nd and 3rd paragraph.
I don’t know how it works behind the scenes, but it there any chance there could be an “import selection” for when it’s not easy for to parse what’s the article and what isn’t? So, if the above happens (which is probably not that common, I was probably unlucky), you could select the article’s text and then press the import button.
Same problem using Chrome and Firefox versions.
@Lyise - Yes, those pages won’t work with the extensions it seems. It is pretty good on most sites but we can’t guarantee that it works on all sites. All pages are built differently. An import selection option is something we will consider. I will add it to the wishlist. Ideally, you can find some sites that work and use those. I’m not sure if Japanese is more problematic for our extractor although it seems fine on the Asahi Shimbun site - http://www.asahi.com/.
Thanks for the recommendation, I’ll give Asahi a go. Either way, I think the new functionality is a really great addition.
Thanks, it works this way.
Just to let everyone know, we have pushed an updated version of all our extensions. The new version now allows you to create Courses from the browser instead of needing to already have that course created. Enjoy!
Is selection import available in the future?
I guess I think everybody wants to need this function.
@superdry - We have no plans for adding this feature I’m afraid but it is very easy to select and then copy and paste that text into the Import Lesson page.
It works great and I love it; I only wish that it would automatically grab audio from the page as well. For example, if you are looking at a podcast blog with an audio player on the page I wish the LingQ extension could grab it with the text rather than having to download the audio and then upload it to LingQ manually.
Yup, that would be great but not possible at the moment. Still, it saves a ton of steps and most imports don’t come with audio.
So… Any news on getting this for smartphones?
We do have the importing extension or widget for iOS. You can find it in the Safari or Twitter share menu on your iOS device. That has been available for a long time. We are hoping to add this for Android in the near future.
Ah yes - Well I meant for android. Linqg is much more natural to use on a handheld device than a computer so it’d really be great to have that function on an android device