Using the Vocabulary page at LingQ

I posted the following at LingQCentral blog.

Using the Vocabulary page at LingQ

We have started emailing the list of saved LingQs for regular review. It is worth noting that this list takes you to the Vocabulary page. The list is a good reminder of the benefits of regularly reviewing your saved words (LingQs). It is also a reminder that there is more you can do at the Vocabulary page. Here are some of the things that I do.

  1. I am reading a book in German now. Die Leiden des Jungen Werthers by Goethe. I bought the audio book some while ago. I found the text at and imported it into LingQ. Then I printed out the book, about 20 pages at a time. I read the printed sheets and underline the words I do not know. When I have about 100 or so I Enter them as a list into the Vocab page. Of course, I have to open each one and get a dictionary definition and an example. (Since the book is already imported, I usually find the phrases where I just finished reading the term). If the sentence or context is especially interesting, as many of Goethe’s observations are, I Tag it. Once I have worked these 100 new words, I go through the Flash Cards, as quickly as I can. In other words I want the time between seeing the German word, and seeing the English word to be as quick as possible. When I do not remember a word I hit “Oops” , but I keep going as quickly as I can till I am down to “0”.

  2. Once you are at the Vocab list you can look at your words in a variety of ways, alphabetical, in order of creation date, in order of Status, in order of importance (although this is not working right now). I often grab 100 words from somewhere in these lists, go through them and edit or improve the phrases, Tag as required, and then “blitz” the flash cards, going through them as quickly as I can.

I am curious to hear what others do.

I just want to mention that for me, editing the phrase so that the target expression is correctly used in a context that is personal to my life and human experience is a key (if not the key) to successfully learning the expression in all modes, that is: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.