Mini-stories for all languages

Moderator
steve ca Canada

We have a new course in English called Mini-stories. https://www.lingq.com/learn/en/web/#/course/263520

At present there are 15 of them. Another 15 will be uploaded today or tomorrow. Eventually there will be 100. These are modelled on Piotr's mini-stories from realpolish.pl (with his agreement of course).

I found these an effective way to learn Polish. I have begun having these translated into Greek and am enjoying using them for Greek. We should have the 30 stories up in our Greek library in a few days.

I made a video about this today. I am hoping we can get people to help us translate and record these in as many languages as possible.

The quality of the recording I received from Greece, produced on an iPhone, was of excellent quality, which makes it easier for people to help with narrating these stories. No one needs to do them all. If many people pitch in, it will be possible to create the stories for a wide variety of languages. It may even give us the critical mass of content we need to add more supported languages at LingQ. (No promises).

My video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adSzjK1flP8

March 2017
  • benscheelings nl Netherlands

    OK, Steve, a useful language learning tool! Now I'd like to know if this meets the requirements of interesting content.

    March 2017
    • Moderator
      steve ca Canada

      The stories written for us are actually quite interesting. You will be surprised. Why not help us with the Dutch?

      March 2017
      • benscheelings nl Netherlands

        Yes, why not? What is the procedure?

        March 2017
        • WinterShaker gb United Kingdom

          looking forward to the Dutch version myself :-)

          March 2017
  • [ilearnlang] aw Aruba

    That is what I would suggest to enrich the Turkish library. I can translate them into Turkish if you wish. (After 01.04.2017, due to my exams)

    March 2017
    • Moderator
      steve ca Canada

      That would be awesome. Can you also record them? Maybe we can have people share the load in each language too.

      March 2017
      • [ilearnlang] aw Aruba

        Yes, I can record them too.

        March 2017
        • Moderator
          steve ca Canada

          Great.

          March 2017
          • tarantababu tr Turkey

            If you need any help , i can translate and record them into Turkish, as well. We can find a way to do that collaboratively.

            March 2017
  • georgiaichigo br Brazil

    Can I translate and record then in portuguese?

    March 2017
    • Moderator
      steve ca Canada

      For sure. I want to wait until we see how many helping hands we have and then organize it. Please wait, but thank you.

      March 2017
  • MatDeris my Malaysia

    Good idea.

    March 2017
  • PaulRB gb United Kingdom

    Sounds really good. Love to have this in German to help me. Anything similar in German?

    March 2017
    • Moderator
      steve ca Canada

      I hope to have it in all languages, one way or another.

      March 2017
      • Moderator
        VeraI de Germany

        I've translated lots of them into German with the permission of piotr. I've started 4 years ago. You'll find them in the courses "Einfache Geschichten" and "Deutsch lernen mit kurzen Texten". Additionally I've added some varieties for example telling the same story in two different tenses or from two different prospects.

        March 2017
        • Moderator
          steve ca Canada

          Vera can you post the link to the course here, that would be helpful. It is very interesting that you did this. I am sure this is very helpful for our German learners. Did you translate them from the Polish? The stories we have created in English are new, but I'm sure the basic principle is the same. The more of these stories the better.

          March 2017
        • PaulRB gb United Kingdom

          Excellent Thanks Vera

          March 2017
    • Moderator
      VeraI de Germany

      I've already translated lots of them into German and you'll find them in the courses "Einfache Geschichten" and "Deutsch lernen mit kurzen Texten".

      March 2017
  • JulieS au Australia

    Fantastic! I'll be hanging out for the French one especially.

    March 2017
  • Estela se Sweden

    This is so cool! Thank you, Steve, for sending out the call for all languages.

    Can I post this on Reddit for Danish? I know that is not a language offered on here, but it needs to be. For non-residents, classes offerred by their government to pass the Danish 3 exam are 1050DKK for one hour (!). They are not helpful with alternative resources.

    I wonder if there are any Danish speakers that use LingQ.

    March 2017
    • Administrator
      Jahrine.LingQ.Team ca Canada

      Please do post on Reddit, Estela! Thanks so much!

      - Jahrine from Steve's team :D

      March 2017
  • [screw_censorship] aw Aruba

    Steve, I notice in your video that you mention Farsi and Indonesian. Are you, by any chance, planning to add these to LingQ some time soon? (The right answer would be "yes!" :-D)

    BTW I am convinced that languages such as Arabic, Farsi/Persian, and Urdu are under-learned in the West due to the difficulty (for us) of reading the Arabic script. It's a shame because these are magnificent languages. I can guarantee that Persian, in particular, would totally blow you away! I've been doing Assimil's Le Persan religiously for the last 4 or 5 weeks or so, and I've found there is a kind of logic and elegance to it that is like nothing else I've ever encountered; in particular the way you can make string-compounds using the ezafe, and the way verbs are put together too.

    But the writing system...urgh! :-0 Alongside Assimil's romanisation, I've also been painfully and slowly getting to grips with the native script over the last few weeks - it literally feels like extracting teeth with a carpenter's tools!

    March 2017
    • Moderator
      ColinJohnstonov gb United Kingdom

      I remember getting to grips with the Russian script, which is much easier, and this was already really difficult. I know people say you can learn a new alphabet in an hour, but it is nonsense.

      March 2017
      • [screw_censorship] aw Aruba

        Russian script can be a bummer but, by comparison to Farsi-Arabic, it's a pleasant stroll in St James' Park!

        March 2017
    • Moderator
      steve ca Canada

      I am hoping that we can develop a full list of these stories in a number of languages, including Farsi, and that I would be able to persuade our team to add these languages.

      March 2017
    • WinterShaker gb United Kingdom

      Urdu is on my long-term list of would-like-to-learn languages, and the thing that I've found disappointing is how little there is in terms of iPhone apps for learning the alphabet. Pretty much everything I've seen is either for native Urdu-speaking children learning to read it as a first language, or something that's basically just flashcards for learning the independent forms of the letters; almost totally useless for actually learning to read whole words.

      Someone should write an app that starts with the independent forms, then gradually introduces joined pairs of letters, and works its way up to long words. Maybe that already exists for Arabic, but I understand that Urdu uses a special form of the alphabet that is a good bit more flowery and ornate than the version typically used for Arabic.

      March 2017
  • Branicek sk Slovakia

    I can help with Slovak

    March 2017
    • OzzyHellBack us United States

      I'll be excited for the slovak translations. You can probably upload them under Czech language, since Slovak isn't on here.

      March 2017
  • Moderator
    steve ca Canada

    Thank you all for the expression of support. Please contact Jahrine jahrine(at)lingq(dot)com who will coordinate this project and distribute the work.

    March 2017
  • OzzyHellBack us United States

    Hello Steve! I'm wondering if the Greek mini stories have been uploaded yet, or are they still in production? Also It has been awhile since my last login, so many things has changed especially the look of the site. Keep up the good work with both improving the website and your Greek. :D

    March 2017
    • pjim gb United Kingdom

      Yes I'm also interested in the Greek mini-stories as I'm studying Greek at the moment.

      March 2017
  • Dimethylamine us United States

    Someone should do these for Russian. Would it be kosher if I take some and post them on the exchange to ask for a translation/recording?

    March 2017
  • tiagodouglas br Brazil

    Hi Steve, I can definitely help with portuguese. In fact I just translated and also recorded the first story as a test to see how it goes.

    Here's the text: https://pastebin.com/1f3Gqb23

    And the audio: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3xh74wh40l5fo7x/Mike%20%C3%A9%20um%20cozinheiro.mp3?dl=0

    I recorded using my phone, the quality can definitely be improved, because I didn't edit(remove noisy and etc).

    March 2017
    • Administrator
      Jahrine.LingQ.Team ca Canada

      Hi there,

      Jahrine from the LingQ team here :D

      Thanks so much for offering to help out with translations. Would you mind emailing me at jahrine (at) lingq (dot) com and I'll add you to the translator list?

      Cheers!

      March 2017
  • jungleboy pt Portugal

    Hi all, this is a great initiative.

    Some tips for recording quality. I record my 'English in 10 Minutes' podcast on an iPhone (using a small lapel microphone), so it's certainly possible to have decent quality this way. I then use Audacity to do some minor editing work (mostly noise removal). If you search on YouTube, you can find some simple instruction videos to improve audio quality using Audacity. Good luck everyone!

    March 2017
  • Lucas_Raimondi br Brazil

    Hello Steve, It is a pleasure to help the LingQ library grow through translations since 2010. I am ready to translate the mini-stories into Portuguese. If possible, ask our friend "Zoran" to email me with the page link, so I can start translating them as soon as possible.

    Have a nice day.

    March 2017
  • Moderator
    Ress de Germany

    I can help with Russian, Esperanto and Belarusian.

    Let me remind I already have a whole translation of "Eating Out" into Belarusian, some lessons also have audio. But there is no slot to start them uploading.

    March 2017
    • jaliscostate ca Canada

      *feeling tempted by Belarusian*

      March 2017
  • Moderator
    steve ca Canada

    We are now up to 28 lessons in Greek. More English and Greek stories to come. As to the other languages, Jahrine is coordinating and will report on progress there.

    April 2017
    • benscheelings nl Netherlands

      Have there been taken any coordinating steps up to now?

      April 2017
  • niek1337 pl Poland

    I bought Piotr's 100 Polish stories course at the beginning of my Polish study, if we could have these offered in many languages then that would be great news! I have found it to be the most enjoyable beginners content I ever had.

    April 2017
  • Hevaniel us United States

    cool

    April 2017
  • thomas_dc dk Denmark

    I just finished the first five mini-stories for Danish! I hope you'll let me know what you think:

    https://myloveofmornings.com/2017/04/04/danish-stories-audio-1-5/

    April 2017
    • Moderator
      steve ca Canada

      Awesome! Thanks.

      April 2017
    • JulieS au Australia

      Well, you're a man of many talents, Thomas! https://tclausen.net/

      April 2017
      • thomas_dc dk Denmark

        I'd rather say "a man of many hobbies"

        But thanks!

        April 2017
    • Estela se Sweden

      I spent all evening Sunday downloading your work and creating lessons in Learning with Texts. Now I'll do the same with these. Thanks!!

      April 2017
      • thomas_dc dk Denmark

        That's great. I hope they're helping you!

        April 2017
    • Administrator
      zoran rs Serbia

      This is great Thomas! Would you mind sending me audio records of mini stories to zoran(at)lingq.com ? I'd like to upload your recordings on LingQ too once when we have all stories translated and ready to go. Thanks!

      April 2017
  • Administrator
    Jahrine.LingQ.Team ca Canada

    Here are the numbers so far for the mini-story project:

    Portuguese: 7 translators

    Spanish: 6 translators

    Russian: 3 translators

    Arabic: 3 translators

    Dutch: 2 translators

    Danish: 2 translators

    Slovak: 1 translator

    Greek: 1 translator

    Belarusian: 1 translator

    Esperanto: 1 translator

    German: 1 translator

    Czech: 1 translator

    Finnish: 1 translator

    Hebrew: 1 translator

    Italian: 1 translator

    Farsi: 1 translator

    Turkish: 1 translator

    French: 1 translator

    Ukrainian: 1 translator

    Thank you to everyone who has volunteered so far. We're getting translations and recordings every day :)

    We are assigning five stories per translator as a minimum, and you don't have to record the audio if you don't want to (though any recordings volunteers would like to make are welcome).

    Anyone who would like to take part is welcome to! We have lots of languages to cover, and (as you can see above) many langauges that only have one translator so far.

    We are giving two months of LingQ premium membership to volunteers who translate five lessons and one month more if you record those five lessons.

    Zoran is taking over the coordination of the project. If you're interested, please contact him at zoran (at) lingq (dot) com

    April 2017
    • benscheelings nl Netherlands

      This looks great! Now it is time to allocate the tasks .... and to give information on the technical details. I am looking forward to it!

      April 2017
      • Moderator
        Ress de Germany

        As a participant, I had received such instructions. I have already made a translation of 5 stories. I've sent them to the LingQ team, now I know the numbers of the next 5 stories to translate.

        Do you want to participate, too? What are you looking forward to?

        April 2017
        • benscheelings nl Netherlands

          I'm looking forward to information about the text that I could translate: I sent a mail to Jahrine to let her know I am willing to help with translation into Dutch, but I have not received any instructions. To what address should I send translations. If there are more translators for Dutch there should be a distribution of the lessons. How should I handle the audio: I have no experience with this. I have an iPhone: with what audio-software could I best work?

          April 2017
          • Moderator
            Ress de Germany

            I could help with already recorded audio in any language. I'm looking forward if it is interesting for the LingQ team.

            April 2017
          • Administrator
            Jahrine.LingQ.Team ca Canada

            I have forwarded your details to Zoran as he will now be coordinating this project. Thanks so much for your offer of help to translate into Dutch!

            April 2017
            • Yaser_LingQ eg Egypt

              I sent the stories translated in Arabic with their records : ).

              April 2017
            • Yaser_LingQ eg Egypt

              Okay Mr Steve

              April 2017
            • Yaser_LingQ eg Egypt

              Okay Zoran. I sent them to you.

              April 2017
    • Silvia218 sk Slovakia

      I can help with slovak as well :)

      June 2017
      • Branicek sk Slovakia

        Uz som spravil prvych 50. Viac zatial nie je:D

        June 2017
        • Silvia218 sk Slovakia

          Super si! :D A je to už dostupné aj niekde na nete?

          June 2017
          • Branicek sk Slovakia

            Steve povedal ze pri 50 spravia zo slovenciny beta language na lingqu, takze by sa to tu malo onedlho objavit:)

            June 2017
            • Silvia218 sk Slovakia

              super ;-)

              June 2017
  • Moderator
    steve ca Canada

    I have a message from Zoran that he is working through the list of lessons and participants and will be posting here on the forum, as will I. He will also contact you by email.

    We will probably use Drop Box to store the lessons initially and all participants will have access, at least that is our thinking. Some languages are already supported, some are in Beta and hopefully will move to supported with enough material, and some may move to Beta, if we get enough stories translated and other material. Meanwhile Drop Box is a convenient place to get the project going. More later.

    April 2017
  • evgueny40 ru Russian Federation

    I consider such Mini-stories as quite useful.

    They are a bit artificial ( especially such kinds of questions), but it's a necessary evil for the Beginner level.

    However, they are too long for the level Beginner 1, they suits more for the level Beginneer 2.

    Frankly speaking, from my own experience I know that it's a very hard task to write something interesting and suitable for the level Beginner 1.

    For example, numerous Spanish lessons for the Level Beginner 1, made by IDEL, are too short and that's why they are not very helpful.

    In my opinion the lessons for the level Beginner 1 must be not shorter than 30-40 seconds and not longer than 2 minutes.

    By the way, the Mini-stories here are similar to Mini-stories, created by A.J.Hoge.

    We have some of them here, but much more you can find in YouTube writring 'AJ Hoge' in the searching box.

    I remember that his lessons several years ago improved significantly my English and encourage me to wtite my own lessons.

    April 2017
    • Administrator
      zoran rs Serbia

      We do upload Mini-Stories under Beginner 2 level, not Beginner 1. :)

      April 2017
    • Moderator
      steve ca Canada

      I discovered this approach to story telling when using Piotr's stories at realpolish.pl. It turns out that many people ascribe these stories to AJ Hoge. I contacted AJ who gives the credit to Blaine Ra of TPRS fame. I will be talking on skype with AJ on April 11 and will post our discussion on youtube.

      April 2017
      • pjim gb United Kingdom

        Yes they definitely remind me of TPRS stories, the influence is very apparent. It's just like how the teacher talks in a TPRS lesson, especially the question style.

        April 2017
  • Andi2008 hu Hungary

    Dear Steve, These mini-stories are really great. Will you write some also in intermediate level? Thank you.

    April 2017
    • Moderator
      steve ca Canada

      Check out this thread where I lay out my intentions with these stories. I would think that by level 3 at least, these will be intermediate. You will also get tired of them if you just stay with them, so they should be used in conjunction with other lessons you can find in our library and elsewhere, in my view.

      https://www.lingq.com/forum/content-forum/mini-stories-project-update/

      April 2017
  • Moderator
    steve ca Canada

    Here is what Pavlos said about recording these.

    "I use an android phone with the application "Smart Recorder". I have it set to the best recording quality. I go to a quiet room and record the stories with my voice somewhat higher than my normal speaking and in about 20-30 cm distance from the mic. This app produces wav files. Afterwards I edit the files in my computer with Audacity( I use linux desktop) to remove noise(if any) and to convert it to mp3. That's it!"

    Jungleboy below offered this advice.

    Some tips for recording quality. I record my 'English in 10 Minutes' podcast on an iPhone (using a small lapel microphone), so it's certainly possible to have decent quality this way. I then use Audacity to do some minor editing work (mostly noise removal). If you search on YouTube, you can find some simple instruction videos to improve audio quality using Audacity. Good luck everyone!

    I musts say that for my videos, I have found that the built in mics. on the iPhone were better than a lapel mic. So I guess it is a matter of trial and error.

    April 2017
    • Moderator
      Ress de Germany

      I would recommend to Normalize. In Audacity it is in menu Effect | Normalize...

      It makes the sound as louder as it's possible without distortion.

      It will make no visual or audible change if your input level was high enough.

      It is the simplest way to improve the quality without any knoledge of the principals.

      April 2017
  • Administrator
    zoran rs Serbia

    Hey everyone!

    If someone is interested to help us translate mini stories into German and French, that would be great! We need more people for these 2 languages.

    Also, if you can help us with audio recordings for German, French and Spanish, please contact me on zoran(at)lingq.com

    I'll visit Spain this summer and I hope to have Spanish mini stories up on LingQ as soon as possible, so that I can work on my Spanish! :)

    If anyone can help with recordings, that would be awesome!

    April 2017
    • jimgoldschmidt us United States

      Could you post a new forum thread when the new Spanish mini stories are posted in the library? Thanks!

      April 2017
      • Administrator
        zoran rs Serbia

        Of course, I think that's good idea. I can start new thread for each language when I start with uploading mini stories lessons in the library. I think first 10 Spanish lessons will be uploaded this tuesday or wednesday.

        April 2017
    • Yaser_LingQ eg Egypt

      Check your Email :)

      May 2017
      • Administrator
        zoran rs Serbia

        Thanks a lot! I just replied.

        May 2017
  • pjim gb United Kingdom

    I am wondering if it will be possible to get some of these translated into Japanese? It may not be the easiest request to fill perhaps, not sure if there are Japanese speakers willing to try some. For the Greek recordings I assume somebody was hired to translate and record them?

    April 2017
    • jaliscostate ca Canada

      Ask Yutaka!

      April 2017
    • Moderator
      steve ca Canada

      We are short volunteers for Japanese Chinese and Korean. I will be recording some videos at my youtube channel today, in these languages, to try to recruit some volunteers.

      Yes I, (not LingQ) paid for the Greek translations, because I am studying that language. We are hoping to get volunteers because 100 stories in over 20 languages is a lot of translating and recording. However, one way or another, I intend to have these stories in our major languages at LingQ.

      April 2017
      • Branicek sk Slovakia

        My Chinese girlfriend has promised to translate some, already working on it.

        April 2017
      • pjim gb United Kingdom

        Well thanks so much for having the Greek stories translated. They're so helpful to me now I'm studying Greek a little.

        Hopefully someone comes forward to help out with the Japanese, as I'd like to study Japanese more seriously later this year. I've asked my friend in Japan for anyone they know who could assist, but not having a lot of luck at the moment.

        You're right that a lot of stories in a lot of languages, is time consuming and would be very expensive to get translated.

        April 2017
  • Administrator
    zoran rs Serbia

    If anyone is interested to help us translate/record Mini Stories into Czech, Polish or Ukrainian, please contact me on zoran(at)lingq.com We need more volunteers for these languages. Thanks!

    April 2017
    • LadyMeMo0704 cz Czech Republic

      As a native Czech speaker I can help with translation of the stories into my language.

      April 2017
      • Moderator
        steve ca Canada

        That would be great. I had such a great response to my videos in Japanese, Mandarin and Korean asking for volunteers, I may attempt the same in these three Slavic languages. We hope to have 100 stories in all, so we will need many hands and voices.

        I am also hoping that some people are inspired to write these kinds of stories in their own native language for us to translate. This would create more variety and cover some language aspects that are particular to those languages.

        April 2017
      • Administrator
        zoran rs Serbia

        Hi LadyMeMo0704,

        Can you please contact me on zoran(at)lingq.com and I'll send you instructions? Thanks!

        April 2017
  • WinterShaker gb United Kingdom

    I know a few Bulgarian speakers, and have a fairly good set of recording gear. If I can find any of them willing to translate and record the stories in Bulgarian, and take along my microphone etc so that they can do so in high quality audio, will that be considered for going up on the site?

    April 2017
    • Moderator
      steve ca Canada

      I am hoping to develop enough content in this mini-story series to add to our Beta list or promote Beta languages to supported. I don't know what the threshold is but I think if we get 50 stories in Bulgarian we should be able to make it Beta. This would a base and we would need other content. The big problem with these languages is always that not many people are interested, however committed a few people may be to learning them.

      April 2017
      • georgiaichigo br Brazil

        ところで、スティーブさん誰かがルーマニア語に翻訳されますか?

        April 2017
        • Moderator
          steve ca Canada

          If we get volunteers for Romanian we will do Romanian.

          April 2017
      • WinterShaker gb United Kingdom

        Great. Well, I've got one potential volunteer who's free in May for translating and recording; I'll try to find more.

        April 2017
    • WinterShaker gb United Kingdom

      Might have just found another Bulgarian translator willing to help. I'll keep you posted.

      May 2017
  • moviefan us United States

    This idea is brilliant, but I have to say the mini stories are hard to find in the content library. I would suggest adding Ling as the course provider, so they can be filtered and found easier. Right now they have not been tagged with a provider, so the only way to find them is by searching the library for "mini". Or following the links in this thread and others like it.

    April 2017
    • Moderator
      steve ca Canada

      All content is difficult to find because there is so much of it. Searching by mini is the best thing to do right now. You can also follow people studying them so the appear in your feed.

      April 2017
  • lockmacfly. ca Canada

    Any updates on the mini-stories? By this rate we have them over 5 years.

    Also I would help with the dutch ones but that is if I get my rewards when the russians are out. Haha yeah otherwise I see no point in ma reward :d

    June 2017
    • Administrator
      zoran rs Serbia

      Russian Mini Stories 11-20 are uploaded.

      Tomorrow I will upload Hebrew, more Korean and French. More stories in other languages are also coming shortly and Slovak will be added into Beta soon with 50 Mini Stories.

      If you are interested to help, please contact me on zoran(at)lingq.com Thanks!

      June 2017
      • Moderator
        steve ca Canada

        The purpose of these mini stories is to generate parallel content in many languages, not only languages currently available at LingQ. If we get enough content this way we may be adding new languages to LingQ.

        The five levels do not necessarily correspond to increasing levels of difficulty. Rather each level focuses on certain basic concepts that all languages express, purpose, intention, wishes, if, and so forth. Only level one is limited to the present tense. These stories also try to use the most common verbs of the language. The most common verbs in any language, are also very often the irregular verbs, such as verbs which express "to be""to have""to go"etc.Each story has so much repetition, that most of the stories are accessible even for beginners, but easier for beginner 2 learners as Evgueny says. I guess we will find out how beginners react to these stories.

        However these stories are not a course. This is a source of supplementary listening and reading material for people to practice at various stages of their learning. These story do not replace other lessons, neither beginner lessons or more advanced lessons. It is like an exercise room. By having these available as translations learners who may have trouble understanding, even after looking words up, can refer to a translation. it is also helpful for people who are studying more than one language.

        It a lot of work for Zoran to coordinate the volunteers. Please be patient. Many volunteers are working.

        June 2017
  • evgueny40 ru Russian Federation

    I would like to repeat French basic vocabulary using Mini-stories in French.

    But I can't find them in the library.

    Don't they exist really?

    June 2017
  • TamL ca Canada

    I haven't seen either the French or the Hebrew stories yet. I would guess that poor overworked Zoran hasn't had time to upload them yet. I do hope he can get the Hebrew stories uploaded soon though. I really can't handle another translated Tony Blair speech.

    June 2017
  • AlexNani us United States

    I want to join in a Japanese mini story. But, I can't find mini stories of Japanese. I always must use the app on mobile to learn Japanese, but, many lessons what I can understand. So,

    Who has a mini story for Japanese? And who can help me, please?

    July 2017
    • Administrator
      zoran rs Serbia

      No Mini-Stories in Japanese for now. Volunteers are working on it and stories should be on the site soon!

      July 2017
      • [edmosis] aw Aruba

        Any update on the status of the Japanese mini stories?

        March 2018
        • Administrator
          zoran rs Serbia

          Unfortunately I lost touch with our Japanese volunteers, it seems that they weren't able to deliver stories. I'll do my best to find new volunteers and get Japanese done too.

          March 2018
          • [edmosis] aw Aruba

            Hi Zoran, Thank you! These would certainly be an incredible learning resource. If you don't mind me asking, where can I find the texts that you provide to the volunteers and what are the guidelines for the translations and recording?

            March 2018
            • Administrator
              zoran rs Serbia

              We just decided to hire someone to complete Japanese stories, so we should make some progress there within next month or so.

              To get English version of stories and guidelines, you can contact me on zoran(at)lingq.com

              March 2018
  • swalkerl mx Mexico

    Do you need volunteers in Spanish? I would be happy to translate some stories.

    February 2018
    • Administrator
      zoran rs Serbia

      Hi Swalkeri, we could use someone to help us finish European Spanish. Is your Spanish European or Latino?

      February 2018
      • swalkerl mx Mexico

        Latino

        February 2018
        • Administrator
          zoran rs Serbia

          Latino is complete, thanks for your offer to help, I appreciate that.

          You can always write your own stories, record them and upload them on LingQ!

          February 2018
  • Miznia us United States

    Are there any not-yet-offered languages that have been started, but need some help?

    February 2018
    • WinterShaker gb United Kingdom

      Well I've started with Bulgarian but could do with some help given the slow rate of being able to cajole my friends into helping (I don't speak it myself but know a couple of people who do). Is that something you know a speaker of?

      I'd also like to see Finnish, since that's what I'm learning right now and there isn't a whole lot of high-quality audio material on LingQ (the FSI courses are low-fi sounding, and the Se On Tosi Helppoa ones are so ... grindingly ... slow ... although the Suomen Mestari recordings are good).

      February 2018
      • Miznia us United States

        I don't know any speakers no. Is it the actual speakers that you need? vs translators.

        Just discovering recently that it isn't necessarily too expensive to scrape together a bit of recorded content. I'm starting with Malay/Indonesian, which has the luxury of already being released, so the content can be anything...

        Finnish mini stories would be useful to me too. But the repetitive nature of the mini stories seems to mean you don't get as much value for your money when you are paying your speakers. So for Finnish I feel like I'd want to help in some other way, like by making a dent in Who Is She.

        Hmm, if the bar for releasing Bulgarian would be no lower than 50 mini stories, that's kind of daunting.

        February 2018
        • WinterShaker gb United Kingdom

          Both speakers and translators. I'm nowhere near good enough to do either myself.

          To be fair, one of my Bulgarian translator/speakers is doing it for LingQ credits, so that her husband can subscribe for free for a while and actually learn some Bulgarian himself. But I think we are near the 50 story threshold by now.

          February 2018
      • rsalc1 us United States

        Content in Bulgarian would be great. I learned it long ago and would like to brush up on it.

        Hungarian is a hard nut to crack, but I'd like to try learning it using the LingQ method.

        These two languages would be on beta, right?

        March 2018
    • Administrator
      zoran rs Serbia

      We still need help with some languages that are offered (Finnish, Hungarian, Dutch, Polish, Swedish and Malay) and we do prepare content for some languages that we plan to add to Beta soon. Belarussian will be available very soon, but we need help with Thai, Farsi, Serbian (I am working on them but could use some help :P), Bulgarian and of course any other language is more than welcome!

      February 2018
      • Miznia us United States

        I guess Hungarian should say Hebrew.

        It sounds like it's confirmed that LingQ has the technical ability to offer Thai. Or no? If the situation is that we need to collect the content first and then propose to implement support for the language, I would guess that could be years away...

        February 2018
        • Administrator
          zoran rs Serbia

          Sorry, I should have placed Hungarian under list of languages which are not yet available. And yes, we do need more help with Hebrew too, thanks!

          Thai will be added as soon as we have at least 50 Mini Stories ready in that language, or other Beginner coursers (Who is she, Eating Out, Greetings and Goodbyes). I am looking for someone to translate/record Mini Stories for us and I hope that Thai will be added within next few months.

          February 2018
          • ApNam th Thailand

            Hi, is there any update in how Thai is coming along? Thanks.

            June 2018
            • Miznia us United States

              Well, I have recorded Thai stories 1-20 and just need to put it all together and email it to zoran... same with Swahili 1-20.

              June 2018
            • Administrator
              zoran rs Serbia

              @ApNam We need at least 40 Mini Stories to add a new language to Beta. Thanks to @Miznia, we are hopefully going to have Thai ready in the near future.

              July 2018
  • gulinurmukhtarova kz Kazakhstan

    who can help me to check my essay? pleaase

    February 2018
  • Keuriseu ca Canada

    I am having the mini-stories translated into Khmer.

    Before that I had written some mini-stories myself with many questions and answers and had them translated into Khmer to use, then I decided to have the LingQ mini-stories translated as well.

    Could I post these Khmer translations on one of my blogs with the original English versions, with appropriate credit?

    March 2018
  • Moderator
    Ress de Germany

    I would thank the LingQ team and Zoran personally for adding Belarusian.

    Just a timy remark: not all languages still have small flags which should be displayd in the forum messages, in the user profile and in the languages page of the settings.

    March 2018
    • [Lifes_too_short_for_trolls] aw Aruba

      I was listening to mini story 1 on repeat today. It's very comprehensible I think with this word existing in Russian and that word existing in Serbo-Croatian. I have to learn the alphabet now I guess. By the way, who is reading these stories?

      March 2018
    • Administrator
      zoran rs Serbia

      Thanks Ress,I'll report that to our team and we will add those flags.

      March 2018
      • marcos.rm br Brazil

        Do you still need help with Portuguese translations?

        March 2018
        • Administrator
          zoran rs Serbia

          We do need help with European Portuguese. Brazilian is all done and will be up on the site this week.

          SInce you are from Brazil, I assume you can't help with European Portuguese? :)

          March 2018
          • marcos.rm br Brazil

            Yeah, sorry. I could try, but I don't think the result would be so good, hahaha.

            March 2018
  • Miznia us United States

    I'm working on stories 1-10 for Thai and Swahili. I finished getting an ~8 minute course recorded (the 10 lesson "Getting Started") for each of Thai, Swahili, and Bulgarian.

    Long road ahead for Swahili... But maybe there's some good work done or being done for the other two.

    April 2018
  • debbierose us United States

    I'm excited for this new series. I'm learning Norwegian, which is a lesser studied language, but I hope there's a volunteer eventually who can assist with getting content up for this series since it sounds immensely useful.

    May 2018
  • Moderator
    Ress de Germany

    Is Zoran on vacation?

    There are 25 Belarusian lessons awaining to be uploaded to the site. The last upload was done in the end of March.

    With these lessons and with already translated course "Who Is She" Belarusian would become a fully supported lessons.

    The only problem I have found is an absent flag (see the flags in my profile). Some recent beta languages do not have small flags, too.

    May 2018
    • Administrator
      zoran rs Serbia

      Hey Ress, no worries I am not on Vacation. I'll get to Belarusian and upload all Mini Stories and Who is She before Monday.

      I was uploading Korean and Chinese stories this week, Belarusian, Polish and Turkish are next in line.

      May 2018
      • Cam007 au Australia

        I think there are some issues with the new level 2 stories. There doesn't seem to be any spaces between the words. Entire sentences are written as a single word.

        May 2018
        • Moderator
          steve ca Canada

          Can you please tell us which language(s) where you experience this.

          May 2018
          • Cam007 au Australia

            Sorry, yes, in the Korean Level 2 stories which Zoran just added this week.

            May 2018
            • Moderator
              steve ca Canada

              I checked it out and have the same problem in the level 2. Note also that 21-25 and 41-45 are missing. I have alerted Zoran in case he didn't see the post here. We should get it fixed soon. Meanwhile I hope you enjoy the stories. I do. I am looking forward to brushing up my Korean with these stories.

              May 2018
  • MeghaRose in India

    Hey, it is a great work you have done for language hungers. All are impressive. I would like to translate in to TAMIL. Shall I?

    July 2018
    • Administrator
      zoran rs Serbia

      Sure, that would be great. Please contact me on zoran(at)lingq.com and I will provide you more informations and instructions. Thanks!

      July 2018