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LingQ Tips and Tricks for Newbies

Page history last edited by Helen Burgess 9 years, 4 months ago
  1. When you click to see the dictionary you see the integrated Babylon dictionary in the LingQ widget but if you scroll to the bottom of the dictionary window, you will find links to Other Dictionaries as well. Make sure to have your browser's popup blocker turned off when using these other dictionaries.
  2. Write a little bit about your language learning history on your profile page, eg "Studying French at school, Teaching German at a university, A complete beginner in Swedish". It will make it easier for your tutors to make suggestions about how you can improve further.
  3. Already intermediate or advanced in a language? Make your LingQ scores show what you already know! You can import, chapter by chapter, books you have read and that you understand and mark all words as "known". Also you can manually add all the words you have already read, all the listening you have already done, all the speaking you have already done.
  4. Want to submit writing but can't think what to write? What about a post from your blog, the last e-mail or letter you had to write, your resume or covering letter for a job application?
  5. Want to be able to listen and LingQ at the same time, on a device which runs on iTunes? Download the iLingQ app, and play the lesson's audio. Close the app, then open the LingQ lesson in Safari. Now, you have the audio playing in the background and the ability to create LingQs at the same time. Your device may need to support multi-tasking.
  6. Don't worry about flashcards. You don't need to remember everything. It is far more effective if you run through them just once, and quickly, then if you attempted to move them all to status 4, guessing at every one.
  7. If you aren't quite sure about the meaning of a word, create a LingQ flashcard for it anyway and put in your best guess. You can easily edit your flashcard later, when you see the word in a different lesson and realise its true meaning.
  8. Remember you can create LingQ flashcards for phrases as easily as for words. You don't have to be able to find the phrase in a dictionary, just type in your best guess to its meaning.
  9. You can add to the flashcard how to pronounce the word, or its plural, or alternative spellings - anything that you want to remember about it.
  10. If you prefer, you can leave learning a word until you have come across it in two or three different lessons. That saves you from trying to learn really obscure words!
  11. Got a Kindle or other ebook reader? You can put your LingQ lessons onto it. Click on the "Print Lesson" icon at the top of the lesson for the text-only version. Either copy and paste this into a supported text file format, or use a virtual PDF printer program to create a PDF file of the page. Check what file formats and languages your ebook reader supports! It may also have built in dictionaries and text-to-speech function for your target language.
  12. Got a multimedia player? Not only can you download the lesson mp3s to listen to on the move, if your player supports documents you can also download the text.
  13. Prefer reading paper books? Use a pencil to underline new words as you read. You can create LingQs for these manually when you get back to your computer. If you can find the audiobook, you can listen as you read!
  14. Got a penfriend who writes e-mails to your in the language your're learning? Remember you can import their e-mails (also tweets, Facebook wall comments etc) and use LingQ to help you understand what they say!
  15. You can import ANYTHING, DRM'ed, copyrighted, Top Secret, ANYTHING, for your personal use. It's only when you share lessons in the library that they need to be copyright free.
  16. You can import materials from .jpg files (eg from a scanner), .pdf files, even from paper, if you have a scanner, JPG to PDF conversion software, PDF reader / editor software, Optical Character Recognition software, and patience! Check that your OCR software supports the language you're learning.
  17. It's easy (and no extra charge) to learn two, three, four or more languages at a time with LingQ! Simply click on the down arrow to the right of your language's name on the LingQ header to switch between your different language desktops.
  18. You can use your own dictionary software (or paper dictionary) when creating LingQs. Either copy and paste the definition into Hint box, or type it in.

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