Is LingQ usable at all in "free" mode?
jstrout 114
Let me begin by saying, I do understand this is a business and the site owners need to recover their costs.

But, I had the impression that it could be used for free, and one only needed to upgrade to "Premium" (or better) to get additional features.

However, now that I have "lingqued" 20 words, it appears that the site is essentially unusable. I can't even mark the words I already know. When I click on one to do so, I just get the upsale panel on the right instead of the one that lets me mark it as known.

So, I guess I can still listen to and read the lessons, which is cool, but I can't actually make use of the known-words list (and highlighting of words I don't know) without upgrading. Is that right? Or is there some other way to do it that I'm missing?
August 2014
  • Elric 17055 7024 5727
    You're right. I used Lingq for a long time without upgrading, and it was useful to me, even without being able to save any more words. I decided that it was a worthwhile investment, though, and still think it is. Give it a try for a couple of months to see if it works for you.
    August 2014
  • Dobie42 444
    I have a free account and I "create" lingqs by writing them down in a separate notebook and leaving the words in blue until i know them. It works just as well for me. If you get a free account and try and only link words you absolutely need, and keep your lingqs under 20 at all times, then it is very useful, even if it is not premium, or whatever.
    August 2014
    • jstrout us United States 114
      You wrote "leaving the words in blue until I know them." This implies that you somehow make them NOT blue once you know them. How do you do that?
      August 2014
      • Dobie42 us United States 444
        I click "I know this word" once I get it down. I do this for every word I've """lingq'd"""
        August 2014
        • jstrout us United States 114
          Ah! I get it. You get your LingQ's down below 20, and then you get the standard panel instead of the upsale one, allowing you to mark words as known. Why didn't I think of that?!?
          August 2014
          • Dobie42 us United States 444
            No worries! You can always start again with a new account :P I know you would be losing your progress but I think it would be worth it
            August 2014
            • Fasulye de Germany 2707
              This seems to be nonesense, if you create new accounts all the time. :(
              August 2014
          • LFJ cn China 2250 10173 14565
            Don't know about you, but I have only 15 lingqs now and get the upsale panel. All functions are unusable.
            August 2014
  • Fasulye 2707
    As a free user of LingQ you only have 20 LingQs to use and that's a hard limit. For example I don't use the LingQing at all and I look up unknown words in my paper dictionary and write the translation of unknown words in my paper vocabulary book. If such usage as an example is not an option for you, you should indeed upgrade to a payed version.
    August 2014
  • Moderator
    SanneT 487 343
    You are missing a bit, but on the whole you are right. The missing bit, however, can make a difference!

    As far as I know, apart from benefiting from the free reading and listening, you can still earn points by providing either interesting content, tutoring or activities on the Exchange or from referrals which turn into paying memberships. With these points you could use the tutoring services provided by some members.

    As you have demonstrated, free members can also participate (and are listened to) on the various fora (ok, forums).
    August 2014
    • jstrout us United States 114
      Yes, it appears that even if you delete Lingqs so that you're now below 20, it doesn't matter — the Vocab page still says "You have reached your LingQs limit," and I still get the upsale panel when I click on any word (even with the intention of marking it known). The site has become essentially unusable for me. I give up.
      August 2014
      • Fasulye de Germany 2707
        That's exactly what I mean with "the hard limit" of 20 LingQs. The system here doesn't forget your once made LingQs, so it doesn't help you to delete any of them.
        August 2014