What's your routine?

Just curious what people here do for their routines.

Do you focus on one lesson at a time, or stroll through a few lessons? How much active learning and how many lessons are you going through a day?


I was going to answer this, but I figured “what’s the point?” If you are just curious, you don’t need my help. On the other hand, if you are looking for more efficient ways to do things, then you should probably aim your question at people in a similar situation. For example, first time language learners learning a single, rather difficult language, exclusively on lingQ.

I was going to answer this, but I figured “what’s the point?”

Then why even respond?

I guess I should’ve been more specific. I’m curious what people found to be more useful, listening to lessons in bulk, or focus on one or a handful of lessons at a time.

Do people have days where they want to focus on specific skills? Perhaps my reading isn’t the best, so I do some remedial exercises to help my reading.

When people prepare for a new lesson, do people read through it first, then listen, or listen to check what they can understand first?

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Everyone does it in the way that is more comfortable for him.
The people who have ‘good ears’ can listen more.
But I learn first of all with my eyes. I have to read firstly(if I have such an opportunity) and listen after that.
And some of my students need writing in order to remember words better.
It’s very specific.
You have to find such a way of learning that is more suitable for you.
It does also for a quantity of the lessons.
I never do in a go more than one difficult lesson or two easy lessons. I just lose my atttention if I try doing more.
But I can do one lesson a day in 5 languages.
But some people prefer several lessons a day only in one language.
It’s all very specific and depends only on your habits and your time.


Hi there.
I usually go for 5 new lessons a day. My routine looks like this:

  1. I listen and read at the same time to the previous lessons in a given course. I don’t pause or re-listen even if I miss something.
  2. I open new lesson and listen to it once while reading the text. There’s plenty of blue words at this time. It just gives me some idea how to pronounce those new words I will be lingqing in a sec.
  3. I make all the blue words disappear - I create lingqs and add those words I know to ‘known’.
  4. I read the entire lesson reading every hint I need to fully understand what the lesson si about.
  5. I listen to the lesson while reading the text.
  6. I change the status of every new lingq from 1 to 2.
  7. I repeat the steps 2-6 for 5 lessons.

e/ That’s for my Italian. Since I’m so new to the language the process takes quite some time.
For English I just import a bunch of articles and read them creating lingqs whenever I encounter new words I don’t know or I am not sure about their meaning. After reading the complete article, I move all new words to ‘known’. I read a few articles a day. In addition, I watch a few episodes of tv series like Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, etc. a day, whenever I got some time. I use English subtitles.

Have a great day!

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This is what I do:

I aim for 1hour a day, which usually is about 200-250 new LingQs and 125 LingQs learned for me. I am studying Chinese, but I believe I have quite a solid basis on which I can set the LingQs learned rather quick.

I do this in the following order.

  1. go through blue words, make LingQs for the ones I don’t know and set the ones I know to learned.
  2. Listen and read at the same time, sometimes I pause to check the meaning of a yellow word or I rewind 5 seconds to hear the pronounciation
  3. move on to new content

When I am doing chores I sometimes just replay some of the lessons I have viewed before. There is so much content, that for me I don’t find it very useful to repeat lessons until I know words that I will probably never need to know and the words that I need to know will come back in other context and will eventually stick.

I also do 100 flashcards a day and watch Chinese tv series with English subtitles sometimes.

Everyone has his own way, it depends on your learning preferences and probably also on the target language/content


Then why even respond?
To let you know that it’s unlikely you’ll get useful information from such a general inquiry.

I don’t think you needed to be more specifc (though that always helps)-- you’re question was legitimate. I am curious to read the responses!



I tend to listen to a lesson first and then check my understanding by reading it. Doing this allows me to focus more on the listening, which I’m weaker at. I generally stroll through several lessons on the same day, as if I focus on one lesson, I get bored easily.
Otherwise, I don’t really have a routine, most of the time I practise several aspects of the langage on the same day (reading, listening, learning vocabulary…) but I can sometimes concentrate on a single aspect if I feel the need to do it . A few years ago, I spent about two hours a day for three months practising only grammar.

I keep improving my English and now I’m starting to learn Chinese.

This is what I’m doing now:

*at morning
- Reviewing Chinese characters and vocabulary after I wake up
- 1.30 to 2 hours of listening Chinese in the way to work (yeah, I work far away from my home :P)

  • at noon
    - 1 hour of listening news in English and sometimes listening a little more of Chinese (in the way back home)
    - 1 hour getting new Chinese lessons from LingQ (the amount depends of how many new words I get, usually 2 to 4 lessons at a time).
    - Learn new Chinese characters (usually 10 each time) and save them to review on Anki next morning

  • at evening
    - I save and import the audio from the lessons I’ve learned to my iPod to hear them next day.
    - I write on a personal diary what I’ve done for language learning that day (I like the idea to record and track my daily studies).
    - To relax a little before sleep I usually read a English book.

Looks like a massive action. Undoubtfully you will succeed in a blink of an eye!

It looks like a lot but actually except for when I’m learning new characters or reading Chinese lessons on LingQ, the rest is done mostly using my dead time. Reviewing takes me only 15 minutes or so.

This is a good question. Thanks for asking it.

I aim for an hour a day. I do flash cards on my commute to and from work. I listen to favorite content from the library at least once a day. I chat with friends in countries that speak my target language during the course of the day and try to have verbal conversations on the weekends. I also casually scout around the net for new content that interests me and I make new lessons out of that. I have had good success here finding people to transcribe some of that content. And occasionally I get friends to record audio files of written content that I like.

I’ve actually been really bad the past few weeks about interacting with my target language. But alas, I use twitter like crazy to improve my read skills. I follow many Spanish news stations. So I generally, when I’m on track, read about 3-6 articles a day from various sources. I will also incorporate some content from LingQ to help with my listen skills. I would recommend Twitter to anyone who can’t find interesting material to read. I haven’t found much listening material. When ride my bike I will listen to Spanish sermons and audio books. All together I spend about 2-3 hours with Spanish a day if I am on track.

My daily routine:

  • reading and lingq:ing | 2 x 25 min

  • watching a video (usually while eating) | 25 min

  • reading out loud | 10 min

  • writing | 15 min

Wulfgar: how do you do the Chinese flaschards on Lingq? I’m having a problem because I don’t know when to count a flashcard as having gotten it right. Do I count a flashcard right only if I am able to recognize the meaning and pinyin from the character? or should I only be trying to recognize the meaning? should I do only dictation flashcards? let me know what your method is, if you don’t mind!


how do you do the LingQ flaschards? Personally I’m having trouble knowing when to count a flashcard as having gotten it right. Do I count a flashcard right only if I am able to recognize the meaning and pinyin from the character? or should I only be trying to recognize the meaning? should I do only dictation flashcards?

Any help much appreciated! Thanks!

You are very success with your question, congratulations. Also, I have interested in the answer. I am focused in English for the moment. I read a listen one o two new lessons for the day. I change all word blue in yellow. But is no matter if I do not understand properly. I read and listening many times. Also, I see again old lessons from the day before. I do not use any flash card, it is very boring and artificial. I read a lot and in some time I see the same word in many places and in different contexts. Then I can understand and remember the word. Naturally, I can remember when I read, it is most difficult when I write or speak.
Also, I read aloud some lesson of lingq and I record me. After I hear me. I write some bit about every day about the lesson I have heard. I hope this could be helpful for you.
Good luck.


wow , this is nice . I’m also focused in english at the moment. Most of my day I spend listening the lessons and reading ,I don’t write or speak (for now) but I think i should write more often because my writting is really bad , and as you write everyday ,do you think writting a little everyday is useful ?

I don’t use lingq flashcards; I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with them, I’m just used to anki. To answer your question about pass/fail, I personally fail cards if I miss anything. I’ve learned that being stringent with them is the way to get the most use out of them. Here is what I do on anki:

Card 1
Front = character
Back = pinyin, meaning
(if I don’t know either the pinyin or the meaning I fail)

Front = 你
Back = ni3, you

Card 2
Front = compound (target character in pinyin, other characters in hanzi), meaning
Back = character
(if I can’t write the character I fail)

Front = ni3好, you
Back = 你