LingQ was launched in late 2007 by Steve Kaufmann and his son Mark to develop better tools for language learners.
The LingQ system is based on Steve's experiences learning languages. Until the age of 17 Steve only spoke English. After 10 years of French lessons in school, Steve still couldn’t speak it. It was at the point that Steve decided to find a way to learn languages that works.
The system that Steve developed forms the basis of the LingQ system enabling thousands of learners from all over the world to enjoy language learning and successfully reach their goals.
LingQ is a fun, simple way to learn languages from authentic, interesting content. Learning the language from the language itself, just as most children learn their own language.
Steve Kaufmann has proven that this system works – he is now fluent in 16 languages. Along with over 1,000,000 LingQ members who continue to prove it every day
Meet the LingQ Team
The LingQ team is always happy to answer your questions, help solve any issues and assist you along your exciting language learning journey.
Speaks 16 languages (he travels a lot)
Steve has had a passion for languages most of his life and is a well known polyglot on the web. Steve is the all-time champion LingQer and developer of the LingQ approach. When not studying on LingQ, he can be found on the Forum, on his YouTube channel and blog, or starting conversations with strangers in any of his 16 languages...and of course running on the golf course..!
Jefe, Speaks 4 Languages (including getting s#!t done)
It was while travelling the world as a pro hockey player (ice hockey for you non-Canadians) that Mark first developed an interest in learning languages. He has taken Steve’s methods and designed LingQ to bring this approach to the masses. He can usually be found working out or playing sports and trying, when possible, to listen to LingQ lessons at the same time. (Kind of tough under the hockey helmet…)
Web App Developer
He chooses where to have lunch
Designer / Front-End
Always looking good
Loves UX and doing chin ups
The Ronaldo of Android development
Web App Developer
When’s the next flight to Korea?
API Secret Agent
She writes good
Dev-Ops / Back-End
He controls the big switch
The nicest guy ever
Coffee / milk provider
We are devoted to breaking down the barriers that prevent people from learning languages.
What LingQ Offers
One of the best foreign language libraries on the web. Choose from thousands of hours of audio along with matching transcripts.
Powerful vocabulary tools. Look up and save words and phrases to your own private database for later review.
Known words tracking system. Track and measure everything you learn at LingQ. We track which words you know and can tell you which words are new to you.
Global online community. Join live conversations, have your writing corrected, get help from personal tutors, make friends!
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