Vocabulary Problems on LingQ

Preface: I am aware that we can change our settings to toggle “Paging moves to known”.
(I toggle that ON when I’m using LingQ to help me study a language I know well, and OFF for new languages. I am careful about that setting, and this is not my problem.)

Problem #1: Different behavior in iPad versus laptop/desktop computer with the vocabulary view of the lesson.

Here is the iPad view. It offers the user the opportunity to create a link and set it to any level (1-4, “known”, or “ignore”)

Here is the laptop and desktop view on Chrome + Apple. It only offers the limited choices of “known” or “ignore”.

Is that by design, or is there a plan to upgrade the desktop/laptop view, or do I have something wrong with my cookies or some other problem unique to my environment (Chrome + Apple)?

Would a different browser on Apple laptop/desktops have better behavior today?

Problem #2-A occurred on my Apple laptop with a German lesson, and just now on an Apple desktop with a Danish lesson that I imported. This bug has been mentioned in other posts as well.

I quickly paged through a lesson and the unclicked words went to either “known” or “ignored”. [See Above: I have verified my settings that “Paging moves to known” is toggled off.].

Problem #2-B: With the imported Danish lesson, I can click on a non-highlighted word from Problem #2-A, for example, “skønne” and the LingQ window tells me that it is marked as “known”. However, outside of this lesson, searching for the word “skønne” comes up empty (see screenshots below). These words dwell in a dark nether realm and I feel obligated to save them! Where are they? How can I find them?

Problem #3: I am desperate to use software to obtain a list of words that I (or a software bug) have marked as “ignore”.

I can code – an API solution that would give me the list would be fine. API solutions I found from previous posts now lead to a 404 error. I cannot find the documentation for V2 of the API (linked in an earlier post). I cannot find documentation for V3. IF ANYONE COULD SUPPLY AN API SOLUTION, I’d be most grateful!

Yes, we can painstakingly go through lessons and click on the non-highlighted words, but I think many of us are here on LingQ because we are seeking to avoid activities like that. At this point in my language journey, I have a sizable number of legitimately known words so having LingQ intelligently highlight the new and previously LingQ’ed words greatly speeds up my reading – it’s such a game-changer and I love it.

FEATURE REQUEST: Please, can “ignore” be a category like the others so that we can use the nice GUI to search for ignored words on the Vocabulary page? Many others have requested this.

Here is a related problem: LingQ statistics count that I know 1,258 words. When I go to the Vocabulary page and filter for “known” and “level 4”, I get fewer than 400 words. How can I find all of the other words that I supposedly know? Is this a bug or does LingQ count “ignored words” as known words?


Applying the filter:

Paging the results (200 words per page) – I get 2 pages, If I additionally allow “level 3 words”, I get 4 pages (so <= 800 words).


Regarding the Known words, please note that total number of Words Known includes LingQs with status 4 (or checkmarked) and all words you marked as Known directly in a lesson (blue to white), without saving them as LingQs first.
List of all Known words isn’t available.

@zoran – Thank you for clarifying. If the words/terms that are listed as “known” via filtering this vocabulary page are only words/terms that have made it through the LingQ process, then, in my case there are 858 (= 1,258 - 400) words that LingQ thinks I know that I have never made LingQ’s for. This large number seems inaccurate.

In the graph below, you can see that I only started using LingQ seriously on November 8. At that time I already understood the “paging moves to known” setting and I avoided it. It would greatly surprise me if I checked on 858 words as “known” – I don’t consider that I know a word until I can speak it freely without thinking, so I have been conservative with the use of that checkmark. I have also been conservative with using the “level 4”.

You shared that there is currently no way to retrieve a list of “known” words, but somewhere under the hood LingQ must know what it thinks I know – otherwise the words would be colored blue. I wish this could be made available to us; otherwise, how can we trust these statistics?

See this link


You can change the known to ignored and the language code to whatever

@roosterburton Thank you! That is exactly what I was looking for.


I used @roosterburton 's link and obtained the list of objects for the words LingQ thought I knew. I wrote a Google Apps Script write the words to a spreadsheet and I went through each word. I joined the words that I did not know and put them into a LingQ lesson, then painstakingly clicked on each word to properly LingQ-them. For most of the “known” words that I did not know, my feeling is that I have never seen that word. Obviously, I must have seen the word, but my point is that most of these words were mistakenly classified as “known” due to a software bug.

Going forward, I intend to use this method on a regular basis so that it will be more manageable to correct the incorrectly classified “known” words.

Feature Request: Would LingQ be willing do this same thing for us? Even have a clickable thing that would say: “new words known words this week”, and then offer the user an opportunity to correct any errors?

After correcting for errors, it looks like I know 373 words!

Negative points! LOL!

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