I’m a relatively new user of LingQ, and while I feel I have a pretty good grasp of what the system has to offer, I would not be surprised to find that I had missed something.
Specifically, I am wondering if LingQ tracks the number of times I have come across a particular word (especially those that I have LingQ’ed). This would be very useful in prioritizing my time spent reviewing words. I have only been at it a few days, and I have already made a few hundred words LingQ’ed. I can’t imagine reviewing all these words and still having enough time to consume massive amounts of content (which is what I really want to spend most of my time doing).
I understand the value of having LingQ’ed words being highlighted as I come across them again naturally, but I also think some time would be well spent reviewing words in a more targeted manner that I have come across many times. I do not, however, want to take the time to review a word that has come up one time out of the 87,000 words I have read so far.
Forgive me if this has been brought up before. I have spent a little time searching the forum for this topic to no avail. Thanks in advance for any help on this.
The system tracks the frequency with which words appear in our library, which will probably approximate your experience. **** words are the most common, *** less common, and then ** and * words. You see these stars on the LingQ widget and in the Vocab section where you can sort words by importance.
You can also tag words and phrases of interest so that you can concentrate on them.
Great, thanks Steve. I’m glad I asked, as I had not noticed that very useful feature.
I am quite sure that the importance of words is determined by their frequency in our library, but it does not matter where you first find them. It should work fine with words that you find in your imported content. However, the imported content does not influence the frequency rating. I think it should still be quite accurate, and of course the accuracy increases as the size of our content increases. The smaller the library, as in the case of Beta languages, the less accurate the frequency list is.
But I will confirm all of this today in the office with Boris.
To have the option to calculate them from a standard frequency list might help in the case of languages with less material in the library.
I have this trouble, and that’s why I don’t bother to review my words until I have put them up to status 3 by repeatedly meeting them in my reading.
edit another suggestion: it would be brilliant if there were the option to calculate stats within a (user-imported) collection only. I’m reading the Lord of the Rings now, and there are words and phrases that get used repeatedly there, but probably nowhere else.
"very interesting idea…:
Yeah, I like the sound of that idea too. I’m getting bored of reviewing every single word I come across when it’s words I rarely even use in my own language!
I only review words in the **** status right now. In some of my beginner lessons I run into words I might never use in my life, in my own language, so why bother wasting my memory on such words.
I only review my words randomly, from time to time. I read enough that the yellow highlighted words is my main source of review. I like to review tagged lists, or to review the words in the vocab section by “starts with” or “contains”. There is no way I could review all the words I have saved.
LOL @ Steve, reviewing all your words would take forever. @ the beard guy, that obviously went right over your head. “Thinking is free. Feel free to partake in it” (sort of trollish) - you should take your own advice as you completely misunderstood what I was getting at, I’ll simplify it for you so you don’t get confused. I’ll go with Steve on this one and be more concerned with every day common words before knowing some word like Caterpillar. Get it?
Some people really have no sense of humour!