- How do I import content?
- How do I share content?
- How do I earn points from my shared content?
- How do I import content using an external URL for the audio file?
- LingQ Content Importing Guidelines
- What is a Course? How do I attach a Course to an Item?
- Why does the audio sound funny in my imported content?
- Why does the formatting of my text change when importing?
- How do I create my own Provider?
- Where can I find images for my Shared content?
- Can I import copyrighted content if I don't share it?
- How do I maintain formatting when importing text from a PDF?
How do I import content?
Go to the import section. Choose whether you would like to import an individual Lesson or a Course or group of lessons. Then fill in the following fields:
- Title - Create a title
- Description - Create a description. The first few sentences of the article will do. This field is optional.
- Text - Copy and paste your text here.
- Upload audio - If you have the audio file for this lesson on your computer, you can upload it here.
- Upload image - If you would like to upload an image to make your lesson look better, upload it from your computer here.
- Category - Choose the category that best fits your lesson.
- Type - Choose the content type that best fits your lesson.
- Accent - Specify an accent, if you like.
- Level - Specify a difficulty level or choose auto to have the system calculate the level.
- Position - This number identifies the order in which Lessons will be displayed in a Course. You can edit this number to have Lessons list in a particular order.
- Course - This is where you can attach a Course to an Lesson if you create the Course after you have created the Lesson.
When you create a Course, the Title, Description and Image are for the Course. You will still be able to create individual Titles, Descriptions and Images for Lessons in the Course.
How do I share content?
To share content, open a lesson that you have imported. Near the bottom right of the page is a "Share this lesson" tab. Open the tab, choose a provider (or create a new one) and click Submit. A lesson must have an audio file, text and an image in order to be shared.
How do I earn points from my shared content?
Each month we take any expired points from that month and pay them out to all those who shared content that month. Points are then awarded to content providers based on the number of shared lessons as a percentage of the total number of shared lessons. If your lessons accounted for 10% of the total lessons shared, you will receive 10% of the expired points collected.
How do I import content using an external URL for the audio file?
To add an external URL instead of uploading a sound file, click on Advanced Settings at the bottom of the page. Next, paste the external URL into the box next to Audio URL. Below that, you will see Duration. You must enter in the length of the audio file in seconds.
LingQ Content Importing Guidelines
When uploading content to share on LingQ, please refer to the following guidelines:
- You must upload text, audio (mp3) and an image for all content.
- Content must be free of copyright or you must have permission from the copyright holder.
- Content should not contain questionable subject matter, ie. profanity, pornography
- Please try to ensure good sound quality by using a good quality microphone.
- Audio files must be mp3 files saved at 64 Kbps and 11025, 22050 or 44100 Hz. (Use a program like Audacity to record your sound files and prepare them in the right format.
- You must include an image with all content items.
- We reserve the right to accept or reject any content that we feel doesn't meet the guidelines above.
- All Shared content will appear in the Library right away.
What is a Course? How do I attach a Course to a Lesson?
A Course is a way of grouping similar lessons. When importing content, you can either create a lesson or you can create a course to which you then add lessons. When you have a Lesson opened, pick your course from the Course dropdown at the top right.
Why does the audio sound funny in my imported content?
When you import audio that has been saved at a frequency other than 11025 khz, 22050 khz, 44100 khz it will sound
funny in our audio player. You will have to edit your sound file in
Audacity and re-upload it to fix the problem.
To change the frequency in Audacity do the following:
- Open the file in Audacity
- Change the Project Rate (bottom left corner) to 22050 Hz
- Click on File -> Export
- Choose a name
- Change file format to MP3
- Click Options, change Quality to 80kbps
- Re-import the new audio file to the lesson you created
Why does the formatting of my text change when importing?
All formatting except for paragraphs is removed from imported text because this formatting can interfere with the way texts are handled on the site.
How do I create my own Provider?
When you share content in the Library, you will want to identify yourself as the content Provider. To make your own Provider:
- Open up an existing Lesson or create a new Lesson in the import section.
- Open up the Share this lesson tab at the bottom right of the page.
- Click the Add new link beside the Provider dropdown.
- Enter a Provider Title, Description, Url and Image. The Url can be the url of your own website or blog.
- Once you have created your Provider, you will be able to select it from the Provider dropdown. All Providers you create will be identified by an asterisk.
Your provider information will then be displayed at the bottom of the lesson.
Where can I find images for my Shared content?
The topic of adding images has come up recently on the Forum. In order to remove the risk of infringing copyright laws, we are recommending you use Flickr as a source for images. Here is how to add an image from Flickr:
- Go to www.flickr.com
- Click on the Search link or Search button
- Click on the Advanced Search link beside the Search button on the Search page
- Enter your search term and tick the two options shown here in the Creative Commons area of the search page. Then click Search.
- All images shown in the results are free for you to use as long as you acknowledge the source of the images in your Item or Course description. You may also have to indicate the licence of the image if you see "Some right reserved" under Additional Information about the picture.
- When adding the image to your Item or Course on LingQ, indicate the Flickr username and profile url in the description field. ie. Image courtesy of mark (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mark/)
- If necessary, indicate the licence terms of the image here as well. ie. Some rights reserved (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/). You can just copy this text and link here.
- Here is an example from the site:
Can I import copyrighted content if I don't share it?
Yes, you can. You can import anything you like into your own account for your private use. All content you import is private unless you explicitly share it after you have imported it.
How do I maintain formatting when importing text from a PDF?
- Copy the text from the PDF and paste it into Word.
- After you copy the text there should be a little icon of a clipboard and piece of paper that you can click next to the last word that you copied. If you hover your mouse over this button it reads, "Paste Options"
- Click the button and select, "Match Destination Formatting".
- Click "Format", and then select "Auto Format". A window should pop up.
- Make sure "Auto format", and "general document" are selected and then click "ok".