Confused about the purpose of Lingq (the site and methoid)
Children learn how to speak and will actually speak fairly correctly long before they learn what grammar even is. LingQ is sort of the same. It works through massive input, in that the more you read and listen, the more you will just naturally get the feel of how sentences are built and how to build sentences yourself. It is actually much easier to learn grammar afterwards, to sharpen your language skills, when you have vocabulary and some experience of seeing the structure of the language. Just read and listen a lot using LingQ and you should get it.
What everyone said is true :) . Try it for a couple of months. don't expect immediate results. The long term effort will pay off immensely.
Zoran and bbblinq covered pretty much everything, but the idea is that you can learn the vocabulary in context through real material. The idea being that you will learn words better in context vs. trying to learn words in isolation. LingQ makes the process easier by allowing you to look up the meaning of words, or if you are in sentence mode, the entire sentence.
This is super powerful because you can look up words you don't know, or see the translation of a sentence or phrase (the latter which can often change the entire meaning of the isolated word). As you come across the words again in different contexts you will slowly begin to learn them and understand them. Then you can mark them "known". As you learn more and more words you can start to guess at certain word's meanings from the context.
Grammar. LingQ is not going to teach you grammar specifically with all the fancy grammar words, but as you read and listen you will start to notice patterns of grammar, for example, where the verb may go in a statement vs. a question. Or where the subject of the sentence goes in a statement vs. a question.
You will likely have difficulty "memorizing" grammar and trying to think of things from a grammar first perspective. There's just so much to learn here. I think it does make sense to get a simple grammar book (or even not so simple) as a resource to look up things that you might question...why are the words ordered this way? It's those moments where you may see something you just read and wonder "why is it this way?" where you can look up some of those grammar aspects and maybe those ideas will sink in better since you have a context that you are interested in at that moment.
Lingq *does* have a grammar guide. Click on your profile icon in the upper right and you'll see a dropdown menu item for "Grammar guide" which will be for the lanaguage you are currently learning. It may have some simple helpful grammar to start with.
Is this on the web or app? I checked both places, no grammar guide (I'm learning Czech)
Ahhh. That's it. There is nothing for Czech. Czech might be a beta language, or they've just not added a grammar guide for it. Sorry =(
In that case you might just try doing searches for particular grammar points with Czech...or find some sites that specialize in it that you can refer to when you need.
Here's a page with some basic Czech grammar:
Or find a basic Czech grammar book on Amazon.
Sorry I don't have any recomendations, maybe someone can help with some ideas that have learned or are learning Czech themselves.
Thanks, I have czechclass and a grammar book, but I'm always looking for more.
If you travel in country or listen to music, you pick up things without a stated framework. The approach is about consuming a lot of content that is close to being both interesting and largely understandable. The idea is to to high volumes of this and trust your brain will figure most things out. Look up "Comprehensible input".
LingQ can feel overwhelming at first because it's a highly sophisticated "choose your journey" tool. You do not have to use all functions at first, or even at all! Focus on reading and listening to lessons, clicking blue words, and creating LingQs.
I recommend going through the New Learner Guide - as it explains the LingQ methodology and essential functions of the platform.
The general idea is that you want to eliminate the blue words on the lesson page and create LingQs (yellow words) for the words you don't understand or like to learn better. When you click on a blue word, you see different meanings for that word in the dashboard. Choose one of the meanings or check the dictionary to create your definition. You can also tell us if you know the word already, or you may sometimes want to ignore the word and not include it in your stats.
It seems simple, but it is mighty. You are learning from the language itself. Listen, read and create LingQs. Then, as you read that lesson again or in future lessons, you will review these yellow LingQs in new contexts. This process of seeing the exact words in multiple contexts leads to accelerated vocabulary growth. And vocabulary level is the best indicator of ability in a language, especially if you have "earned" it from your reading and listening. Try meeting your Daily Goal. You won't be disappointed. Your brain learns on its own just as you learned your first language.
Don't hesitate to try different lessons. If you don't like them or find them too easy or difficult, move out of them and find something else. There is no order, and lessons are free! Experiment with your heart's content. Move onto a new lesson when you understand 70% or so. Keep forging ahead and make lots of LingQs. After a month, you will be amazed at how much more you know. After three months, even more so!
LingQ offers a vast library for most languages, but if you want something different, you can experiment with importing your materials to LingQ. Using our software allows you to study whatever content you want, like e-books, magazines, blog posts, or videos from platforms like YouTube or Netflix.
Experiment and find your groove.
I highly recommend checking out the Help Center to find the answers you need.
After checking our guides, let me know if you have any questions, and I'll be happy to assist.
This tutorial I wrote may help you.