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Learning New Languages from Content You Love with LingQ

Learning new languages is easier if we make the process fun. Of course, it can’t always be a fun and games. There have to be times when we struggle, convince ourselves that we can’t do it, curse the language etc. Those times are what make it all worth it in the end; they also make us human.
Making the process fun means finding a method and learning materials that you enjoy. That way you can discover more about your interests through your target language. After all, you’re more likely to remember words and phrases if you’re engaged with the content.
This is why many LingQers think the best part of the LingQ system is the import lesson feature. You can import anything you find online: news articles, blog posts, YouTube videos, ebooks, recipes, and more. I’ve been importing news stories in Swedish as part of my Swedish 90-Day Challenge. Check out how it’s done in the video, and meet my puppy Sailor!


Hi Guys, Jahrine from the LingQ team here and this is Sailor, one of the office dogs, my puppy. Crazy girl. She’s gonna help us pick this week’s 90-Day Challenge winner after I talk to you about importing.
So last video I talked about the LingQ playlist and how it’s an excellent way for you to get your listening hours in. Another great way to really meet your challenge gaols is with importing. Importing articles, blog posts, ebooks… whatever you’re into – she’s going down – so, uh, I am in a Swedish challenge right now, as some of you know, and I want to show you a quick tutorial on how to import an article. Here it is.


So the first step when importing something from the web is to find a piece of interesting content. So I’m currently studying Swedish, and this is an excellent resource, this website. The news stories are very short and they’re in very simple Swedish.
So I’m interested in film, and this is about the recent win for Linus Sandgren, the Swedish cinematographer. So, I’m going to copy the title and the body of the article. Then, on my LingQ lessons page, I click “Import Lesson”. And then I will see the Import Lesson panel where I can paste everything. And I will take the title and get rid of it here.
Okay, there is more you could add. You could add an image if you want to. I’m going to add the image from the article. So I’ll just resize. That looks good. Finish.
You can also upload an audio file if you have one. You don’t have to, but if you don’t have an audio file, the lesson will have to be kept private. So if you want to share, you definitely need to have an audio file. 
You can enter the original URL… here. You can also add tags. So when you share a lesson tags will help other people find it. So for, if I were to share a lesson like this, I would add tags like “film”, maybe “Oscars and maybe “article”.
If I were to share, I would also add a level and a course for this lesson to be in. You can also add notes, translations, video, script conversions, exercises and any other attachments in the Resources tab right here.
Okay, so this looks good. I’m going to go ahead and save and open. And here is my very short and sweet article in Swedish.


Okay, this week’s winner is Alstallio Music from Twitter. Congratulations! ?

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  • Roman Iu
    March 14, 2017 at 1:06 am

    I think there are too many manual operations here.
    Make integration with Pocket or Instapaper.

    • Jahrine
      March 14, 2017 at 9:22 am

      Hi Roman,
      You can also use the LingQ browser extension. We currently have an old version of our Chrome extension (the new one will be up in the Chrome Store soon) and we’re awaiting approval of the Safari and Firefox extensions. Once they are available, I’ll do a video on how they work. They speed up the process and make creating lessons as easy as one click 😀

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