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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions? We have answers!

Can I learn more than one language at a time?
Yes, you can. You can learn as many languages as we offer.
Which languages do you offer?
Right now we offer English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese, Swedish, Korean and Japanese. We also offer quite a few other Beta languages which have limited content but are fully functional. Content is continuously being added and you can import and study any content from the web. We will be adding more languages over time.
What are the system requirements?
To use LingQ, all you need is a computer with an internet connection and Internet Explorer 10+, Firefox 4+, Safari 5+, or Chrome. You should also have an iPod or equivalent MP3 player and a headset/microphone for taking part in online voice chats.
What is LingQing a word or phrase?
When you study, you will come across words and phrases that you would like to learn. You will want to "LingQ" these terms. This means you will look up translations and examples and save this term for later review.
How do I LingQ a word or phrase?
When you open a lesson you will see all new words highlighted in blue. To create a "LingQ", hover on a new word and click one of the suggested hints. If there are no suggested hints or you don't find one you like, create a new hint by referencing the available dictionary resources. Your LingQs are now highlighted in yellow. To highlight a phrase, select the text you want and then hover on the blue highlighting which appears.
How do you know which words are "New" to me?
Initially we don't know, but as you use LingQ, our system learns which words you know and can then tell you which words are new to you in each lesson. This helps you select lessons at your level.
How do I increase my 'Known Words' total?
As you study a Lesson and LingQ words you would like to learn, you indicate which words are Known by clicking the "Known" button on the User Hint popup or the "I Know All" button when you are finished creating LingQs. As you review and learn your LingQed words, these words are also added to your Known Words.
How do I learn words using the flashcards?
If you "Check" a flashcard without looking at the Hint or Phrase and get it right, this is considered a correct response. Every two correct responses increase the LingQ status by 1 level until the word becomes "Known". However, if you first look at the Phrase and then answer correctly, the LingQ status does not change. If you first look at the Hint and the Phrase, this is considered an incorrect response and your LingQ status will decrease 1 level for every two incorrect responses.
How do I join Conversations?
Sign up for a Conversation that fits your schedule from the list of Available Conversations in the Speak section. Your tutor will phone you using Skype at the scheduled time. Make sure to have Skype open and to use a headset/microphone.
How often do Conversations take place?
Our tutors try to cover as many different times and time zones as possible. In our more popular languages we have most times and time zones covered. We do have tutors from around the world so if you can't find a suitable time, let us know a time that works for you on the forum.
How many Conversations can I join?
You can join as many Conversations as you like as long as you have enough points available in your account. You can always buy more points if you run out.
How many people can join a Conversation?
Group conversations can have up to 4 learners with 1 tutor. 1 on 1 conversations with a tutor can also be set up.
How long are Conversations?
Conversations can be anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour in length depending on the number of participants. ie. A 1 on 1 conversation is 15 minutes; a 2 on 1 is 30 minutes; a 3 on 1 is 45 minutes etc. It is also possible to create extended 1 on 1 conversations up to an hour long or more.
Your writing is corrected by our tutors using our unique correction system. Our tutors correct your mistakes and replace your unnatural phrasing with native speaker phrasing, which makes your language sound natural.
What is the Top 25?
The Top 25 are the 25 most important words that you have saved. These words are important because they occur most frequently which is why it makes sense to learn them first. That is why we show these words on the Home page for review and on the Write page for you to try and use in your writing.