Hi, I just made an account yesterday and wanted to see what it was all about. I’m currently using the free version. Yesterday, I accidentally made a useless lingq (there was a hyphenated word, which I must have accidentally clicked on), so now I have a lingq for “m” which doesn’t mean anything in my target language. Can I get rid of this somehow?
Also, It seems that it’s only useful to use Lingq when you still have some linqs left for the day. If you read a story and don’t know all the words after you’ve run out of lingqs and flip the page, it assumes that you know all of the words on it, when maybe you don’t but just can’t make any more lingqs. What should I do in that case? Can I come back to the story/article/lesson later the next day and make more lingqs?
Any other tips for a new (free) user would also be appreciated. Thanks.
You can select your accidental lingq and press “ignore this word”, that’ll delete it.
Yes, you can go back to the story and make lingqs out of the words you don’t know.
You can also avoid pressing the “end of lesson” button. When you’re over with it, go directly to your lessons page. that shouldn’t make your blue words known. I’m assuming you have disabled the “make words known when paging” setting, otherwise the words you haven’t lingqed will be considered known every time you proceed to the next page.
Thanks a lot. I think I was mistaken though. can i only make 20 linqs total? That really reduces how useful this site is unless you have a subscription. I could read newspaper articles in my target language and make my own flashcards if that’s the case.
Yes, non-premium Lingq is useful only as a demo. You really need a subscription to make it work. IMO the flashcard part is not even the most interesting feature. Lingq simply makes it easier for you to understand challenging content in your target language. It provides content and, even more important, tools to help you tackle that difficult content with ease, while keeping track of your progress It has helped me immensely in my language learning and I consider the fee I pay the equivalent of buying a new book / reader / audio-book per month.
However, of course your mileage may vary and you might prefer another solution. The main thing is for you to read and listen to your target language consistently and to keep rising up the level of your content until you can understand real, made-for-native-speakers material consistently.
I wish you success
Everything can be solved in the Settings on the lesson, untick paging moves words to known ect. You can also use the ‘x’ key on your keyboard to ignore a word. To make the word a lingQ again just click on the word and then on the definition. You need a subscription with lingQ it is not a free service nor does it claim to be. The free lingQs you get are just to try out the functionality on your devices. I highly recommend getting a subscription, I have been a member for well over a year and have thoroughly enjoyed it.
I agree with ftornay. I don’t even care about the flashcard aspect of LingQ. Flashcarding I don’t think is fundamentally a good long term solution to language learning. You’ll soon discover that you are spending huge amounts of your time reviewing words rather than learning new ones. Also, many words willl take a long time to stick in your brain. You soon end up with a good chunk of these that also take up too much time.
It might be a good thing for trying to reinforce difficult to stick words, or here and there as something different to do. I also did find it useful for myself in the beginning to get a good base of a 1000 or so words, but beyond that it was cumbersome. If you take a day off, or heaven forbid, a week, you find yourself way behind.
Anyway, I’ll echo ftornay…the great thing about Lingq is it makes reading content accessible. You learn through reading and listening which is immensely more enjoyable than doing flashcards.
I recommend giving trying the subscription for a month to get a better idea of what it’s all about…or possibly get some words under your belt with memrise or duolingo and come back and check it out then.