The future of language

Everyone is capable of becoming fluent in a second or third or ninth language! All you need is the desire to learn and the right system. - Steve Kaufmann, LingQ co-founder

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.

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Our Story

  • 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 eleven languages. Along with over 600,000 LingQ members who continue to prove it every day

    LingQ is a vibrant community of passionate, enthusiastic language learners and native speaker tutors. This combination of methodology, with today's internet, social and mobile world and a global community make LingQ a uniquely effective place to learn languages.

Our Mission

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!

Take LingQ With You

Learn a language on the go with LingQ iPhone and Android apps.

Learn Languages While Surfing the Web

Get the LingQ Chrome Extension. Import any web page to LingQ with 1-click or use LingQ's tools right there on any web page.

LingQ on the web. Get our Chrome Extension

Contact Us

The Linguist Institute Ltd.

#200-2232 Marine Drive

West Vancouver, BC

Canada V7V 1K4



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