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LingQ- Learn 42 languages: Spanish, French, German

LingQ- Learn 42 languages: Spanish, French, German

LingQ Languages Ltd.

Learn languages from content you love: podcasts, books, videos, web articles

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    You're sat there at a French restaurant, staring at the menu and realize that you don't recognize any of the culinary terms on there. It stands to reason that a good place to start when discovering French cuisine is by learning some of their names for ingredients and dishes. This app will help you learn 42 languages, including French.
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  • Nov 28, 2021

    By Josh Moga
    Best way to learn a language. Doing it the right way on your own can be tedious; LingQ takes care of building your SRS deck, finding transcripted audio, and looking up words in the dictionary. Highly recommend if you're serious about learning a language.
  • LingQ: Great Reading Platform, Forums distract Feb 26, 2018

    By Reviewer7531
    The system, with its highlighted words, is great. 5 stars. The feed needs fixed, it's just a bunch of random articles. I can't find my own uploaded content half the time, even under Imports, without searching specifically by name. 4 stars. The forums are toxic - there's a 85% male ratio on there, I'd estimate. Questioners are a mix of internationals, and "bros" who use their words-learned as a way to measure themselves. I thought the forums had a bit of toxicity to them, then I got straight up attacked by someone I had never talked to. Another time, spam was posted in a forum, and I called the person out on it, and a group swarm came after me. They also accused me of "group think" while they swarmed, without ideas/original thoughts backing up their opinions, just insults. The spam they posted had a gender-dynamic to it; trying to convert men (and men only). I don't know if Steve's looked at the user data, or even cares, but I'd bet he's pushing away women users from his site. I'm someone comfortable swinging it with the guys, and dang, do I not want to be on those forums. Within 7 days of starting my membership, I was being bullied [and by someone who thought I was a man, since he called me a "little boy."] The fact that very few women ever speak on the forums is an extra sign that LingQ has cultivated a bad chat culture that is (likely) driving away female potential users.
  • Nov 7, 2021

    By Marjorie
    LingQ is based on very sound language acquisition principles, and is fun to use. I love the feature that allows you to import your own text. I wish there were more comprehensive, easier to access instructions for how to use all the functions of the site offered right up front.
  • Oct 24, 2021

    By Sergio Najera
    Extremely powerful albeit extremely unintuitive and quite expensive. I first tried LingQ a year ago and it was horrible to use. They have made tremendous steps to improve the user experience, but finding good beginner friendly content that has been vetted and tested is hard. After digging around in the "Popular Lesson Feed" and trying a bunch of different lessons I found a couple which helped. Overall the most unique app that makes reading in your desired language possible and is so special!
  • A must have for people learning languages Mar 26, 2021

    By brian lynn ii
    This is my first review I’m writing for an application, I have wanted to write this for a while now as I’ve used LingQ for almost a year, anyway LingQ is the best tool to use for an input based approach on language learning, which is by far the best way to learn a language, using LingQ you read various texts and listen to many different materials, and even within the free version you have access to a multitude of resources for all levels of language learning. The premium version is a must have as it keeps track of the vocabulary you learn, making it extremely easy to keep track of progress and choose material based on your level. The only problem I’ve ran into is with more advanced and upper intermediate level vocabulary, as the translations are entirely user dependent, but still it’s such a minor issue. My other problem lies in how LingQ often has trouble reading Arabic script, it often counts 1 word as two words, or you’ll see the same word as different words. (Still a very minor issue) all in all, if you are looking to brush up on your second language or are an aspiring polyglot, this app is a must.
  • Nov 9, 2021

    By Marc LA
    The best way to learn a language and I've been using this platform, both website and the app, for more than 5 years.. I've been through all these apps out there...Lingq is simple the best.
  • Incredibly Powerful App Nov 3, 2021

    By Tomas030599
    LingQ is by far the most useful language learning app for self-learners. Unlike most apps, its main focus is not a guided course that will teach you similarly to a classroom teacher. Rather, LingQ’s strongest features are for the personalization of the material you study, which is the best way to learn once you have the bare basics down. The app will help you study from any text you want by enabling you to import articles, books, videos, songs into its reader. There, it is a breeze to go through the material and study it to achieve comprehension. LingQ’s reader integrates a variety of online resources that anybody studying a text in a foreign language would use (translations from multiple websites, google images, native dictionaries, verb conjugation resources, etc). It might be a little bit of a steep learning curve at first, but it is definitely worth the investment. I recommend watching their getting started page on their website to understand their approach.
  • Nov 6, 2021

    By Greg Benoit
    Pretty good. I'm learning a lot. I just feel there is room for improvement on the way the interface is organized as it currently feels a bit cluttered and chaotic.
  • Good if you have money Dec 18, 2020

    By Whitefox3457
    I’ve seen many reviews like this, and many of them have developer responses stating that you can complete as many lessons as you want without having to pay, while this is technically true, the lessons are practically useless if you can’t click on unknown word to get the translation! I completed one lesson and it was great, albeit a little easy since I’ve been trying to learn Japanese Hiragana for a about a year now, but then on the second lesson I went to tap a new word to learn the translation, and it said I needed premium to do that! So I struggled through the lesson by guessing, but I will be deleting it after this. I don’t usually get upset when language apps aren’t free, most of them aren’t, but this app continuously advertises itself as a completely free app, when in reality, you cant complete lessons without either guessing and not learning anything, or paying. If your willing to pay, great! This is an amazing app for you and I’m sure it will be super easy for you to learn with this, however, if your like me and either don’t have the money, not willing to give money for this, or maybe your a minor, then this is not the app for you.
  • Nov 28, 2021

    By Josh Moga
    Best way to learn a language. Doing it the right way on your own can be tedious; LingQ takes care of building your SRS deck, finding transcripted audio, and looking up words in the dictionary. Highly recommend if you're serious about learning a language.
  • LingQ: Great Reading Platform, Forums distract Feb 26, 2018

    By Reviewer7531
    The system, with its highlighted words, is great. 5 stars. The feed needs fixed, it's just a bunch of random articles. I can't find my own uploaded content half the time, even under Imports, without searching specifically by name. 4 stars. The forums are toxic - there's a 85% male ratio on there, I'd estimate. Questioners are a mix of internationals, and "bros" who use their words-learned as a way to measure themselves. I thought the forums had a bit of toxicity to them, then I got straight up attacked by someone I had never talked to. Another time, spam was posted in a forum, and I called the person out on it, and a group swarm came after me. They also accused me of "group think" while they swarmed, without ideas/original thoughts backing up their opinions, just insults. The spam they posted had a gender-dynamic to it; trying to convert men (and men only). I don't know if Steve's looked at the user data, or even cares, but I'd bet he's pushing away women users from his site. I'm someone comfortable swinging it with the guys, and dang, do I not want to be on those forums. Within 7 days of starting my membership, I was being bullied [and by someone who thought I was a man, since he called me a "little boy."] The fact that very few women ever speak on the forums is an extra sign that LingQ has cultivated a bad chat culture that is (likely) driving away female potential users.
  • Nov 7, 2021

    By Marjorie
    LingQ is based on very sound language acquisition principles, and is fun to use. I love the feature that allows you to import your own text. I wish there were more comprehensive, easier to access instructions for how to use all the functions of the site offered right up front.
  • Oct 24, 2021

    By Sergio Najera
    Extremely powerful albeit extremely unintuitive and quite expensive. I first tried LingQ a year ago and it was horrible to use. They have made tremendous steps to improve the user experience, but finding good beginner friendly content that has been vetted and tested is hard. After digging around in the "Popular Lesson Feed" and trying a bunch of different lessons I found a couple which helped. Overall the most unique app that makes reading in your desired language possible and is so special!
  • A must have for people learning languages Mar 26, 2021

    By brian lynn ii
    This is my first review I’m writing for an application, I have wanted to write this for a while now as I’ve used LingQ for almost a year, anyway LingQ is the best tool to use for an input based approach on language learning, which is by far the best way to learn a language, using LingQ you read various texts and listen to many different materials, and even within the free version you have access to a multitude of resources for all levels of language learning. The premium version is a must have as it keeps track of the vocabulary you learn, making it extremely easy to keep track of progress and choose material based on your level. The only problem I’ve ran into is with more advanced and upper intermediate level vocabulary, as the translations are entirely user dependent, but still it’s such a minor issue. My other problem lies in how LingQ often has trouble reading Arabic script, it often counts 1 word as two words, or you’ll see the same word as different words. (Still a very minor issue) all in all, if you are looking to brush up on your second language or are an aspiring polyglot, this app is a must.
  • Nov 9, 2021

    By Marc LA
    The best way to learn a language and I've been using this platform, both website and the app, for more than 5 years.. I've been through all these apps out there...Lingq is simple the best.
  • Incredibly Powerful App Nov 3, 2021

    By Tomas030599
    LingQ is by far the most useful language learning app for self-learners. Unlike most apps, its main focus is not a guided course that will teach you similarly to a classroom teacher. Rather, LingQ’s strongest features are for the personalization of the material you study, which is the best way to learn once you have the bare basics down. The app will help you study from any text you want by enabling you to import articles, books, videos, songs into its reader. There, it is a breeze to go through the material and study it to achieve comprehension. LingQ’s reader integrates a variety of online resources that anybody studying a text in a foreign language would use (translations from multiple websites, google images, native dictionaries, verb conjugation resources, etc). It might be a little bit of a steep learning curve at first, but it is definitely worth the investment. I recommend watching their getting started page on their website to understand their approach.
  • Nov 6, 2021

    By Greg Benoit
    Pretty good. I'm learning a lot. I just feel there is room for improvement on the way the interface is organized as it currently feels a bit cluttered and chaotic.
  • Good if you have money Dec 18, 2020

    By Whitefox3457
    I’ve seen many reviews like this, and many of them have developer responses stating that you can complete as many lessons as you want without having to pay, while this is technically true, the lessons are practically useless if you can’t click on unknown word to get the translation! I completed one lesson and it was great, albeit a little easy since I’ve been trying to learn Japanese Hiragana for a about a year now, but then on the second lesson I went to tap a new word to learn the translation, and it said I needed premium to do that! So I struggled through the lesson by guessing, but I will be deleting it after this. I don’t usually get upset when language apps aren’t free, most of them aren’t, but this app continuously advertises itself as a completely free app, when in reality, you cant complete lessons without either guessing and not learning anything, or paying. If your willing to pay, great! This is an amazing app for you and I’m sure it will be super easy for you to learn with this, however, if your like me and either don’t have the money, not willing to give money for this, or maybe your a minor, then this is not the app for you.
  • Nov 24, 2021

    By Eric Myers
    Very good for learning! would recommend for learning to read in your target language.
  • Really disappointed Jun 3, 2020

    By Beesbees12
    I am really bummed out because I was really hoping this would live up to the hype. I’m learning French and have be using Duolingo, which I’ve been pretty happy with, because you can learn a lot for free. But I wanted to try this more immersive approach, studying current news articles and such. I love this idea...and I think it could be massively helpful. But why don’t you guys stop advertising this as a free app with purchases available to improve the experience. I can’t do anything with this app unless I pay for it. I couldn’t even get through a single beginner lesson. I saw another reviewer complain that he was getting spam regarding his progress. Yeah, it’s a notification. But it feels kind of spammy when the notification is reminding you to do something that you can’t do unless you pay to do it. I realize you gotta make money, but this just feels kind of icky of you guys. I have no idea how useful this app is because I’m not going to pay to figure it out. The interface was kind of confusing, too. I’d hit the play button and it wouldn’t match up with the text. It was weird and frustrating. I don’t want to watch a bunch of videos to learn how to use an app. I’ll look up news articles and use a pocket translator to learn my way through it. Seriously bummed out.
  • Oct 23, 2021

    By sgrocker1
    Every time I log into the app, it reverts my settings back to the original. I have to go into settings each time to reset it where I want it. Also, the phone app and the desktop app aren't in synq with each other. Preferences should be global. Selecting multiples words is difficult if the words are on different lines. I don't have time to list all the issues I've had with the app. The destop version is much better. EDIT: I removed 1 star, it keeps bugging me to rate the app when I already have.
  • Sep 14, 2021

    By Matthew Melendez
    The app gives the user no way to unsubscribe from the paid version from within the app. Also if you sign up for the paid version through the app, then you cannot cancel via the web version. Very frustrating when dealing with payments, but a good learning tool if you stick with it.
  • Im sure it’s great, just not for me. Nov 21, 2021

    By brookiecookie606
    I’ve been learning Swedish for a few months now through a combination of Duolingo and trying find other materials on my own, like listening to Swedish music and radio stations and watching movies. It seems everything has been improving but my listening comprehension, so I figured I’d try out this “LingQ” app I hear Steve Kaufman advertising in his podcast all the time. I knew there was a subscription feature, but I thought there’d be more you could do without it. I didn’t even get through a single lesson before I’d reached my lingq limit. Now that I’ve reached this limit, I cannot use the app anymore because it won’t let you advance to the next page of a lesson without making at least one lingq on the current page. I’m sure it’s a great app and could help me improve more than I ever could with Duolingo, but it’s just not going to work for me.
  • Is it just me?! Jan 17, 2020

    By didi28384dnrjfj
    After looking at the great reviews and people saying this App is amazing, (Lingq even claims it is the best) I decided to try it. I was most excited about being read to while I followed along. But then when I came to a word I didn’t know, I was supposed to be able to highlight it and go back to somewhere else to look at it for later. The definitions that were offered were helpful maybe 10% of the time. I just stopped using that feature as it didn’t seem helpful. Maybe the user interface is bad? It seems like their main aim here is to deliver meaningful content to the user in the form of articles, to which the user has expressed interest in the subject matter. But, for some reason, none of them seemed interesting to me. I guess I felt a little overwhelmed at everything I was supposed to sort through on my little iPhone app. It seemed crazily organized. Usually when I get an app, I want to explore and see what everything is and how I can work my way around it. This one seemed too expansive? (Maybe) to be able to do that? Anyway, it was difficult to navigate and not quite what I was looking for. But I am currently living in another country and trying to learn the language of the country. I only speak English fluently. And I’m a beginner in Italian.
  • Spam and Jumbled Mess Jan 14, 2020

    By Japutie
    First I used it for 30 minutes before it was spamming me with upgrade requests and blocking me adding more words to my list. 7 day trial should mean regular use for 7 days but instead it means we tricked you into downloading this app and give us money before you actually get to evaluate this app. I ended up doing the actual trial which you only get if you sign up for a plan and was happy for about an hour adding words to study then it came time to actually study and the UI is such a jumbled mess that I spent 10 minutes looking for the flash card study until I had to google it and it was a tiny icon in the corner. Then the actual flash card UI is overly complicated and I was immediately turned off and canceled my subscription but I kept getting spam emails telling me to continue my streak. I went to the Website and opted out of all emails and today the emails are still coming. Overall terrible app
  • Theoretically incredible, practically tedious Dec 10, 2018

    By 2018CML21
    If I can be perfectly honest, I love the idea of this app, but the interface is not very user-friendly. It should be really simple to copy a text that I want to read, and paste it directly into LingQ as a new lesson, but I can’t figure out how to do that. It would be really cool if under ‘News to Import’ I could organize the publications by publisher or keywords somehow, instead of scrolling mindlessly though article titles I can’t read entirely. This app is so close to being an incredible language tool, it’s frustrating to see how irritatingly not user-friendly it is at the moment. Until these issues are fixed, I might look for alternative tools elsewhere.
  • Needs improvement Apr 3, 2019

    By On origins
    This version was not tested very well on iPhone. Yes, I have worked as tester. My top complaint: user defined vocabulary ... Even Google is better. Second: multiple listings for the same word — terrible database management. Third: the interface is bad on iPhone. But, the interface is not great on the web. Several times, I switched over to the web to get things done. When updating user settings and while using the app for language practice. My primary target language is Russian, secondary German. I also practiced with the Spanish — I do not recommend the Spanish. It was stilted towards possibly Castilian, but it still sounded odd for Castilian. Mexican Spanish is near native for me. I have conversed with native Spanish speakers from Catalan, Andalusia, and Madrid on many occasions, as well as Mexico, Central and South America. My German is not good enough to comment. Russian? Well, like all apps, the Russian needs improvement. The LingQ concept is solid, but implementation needs improvement. I would recommend a month on, month off. LingQ is TOO expensive at full price. IMHO.
  • Don’t be deceived Jun 23, 2021

    By sunshine6511
    This app takes a really nice approach to learning a language. You can immerse yourself in your target language, and tap on words to learn what they mean. However, you can only make so many LingQs before you have to pay. I would be fine with paying $30 a year, but $100!? That is way too expensive. The developers are saying that the app is free, which it technically is, to just won’t be able to make any more LingQs/figuring out what words mean without using a dictionary, which just defeats the purpose of the app. If you are considering downloading this app, just don’t.
  • Think twice before getting the premium membership Apr 8, 2021

    By AngelsRoses
    The main problem with Lingq is how you are ignored every time you send a good feedback to the developer and yet he does nothing to change it. I have a very serious issues in why we have to go through pages in order to review our vocabulary. Why they don’t just show up shuffled which is more natural than forcing me go through 10 pages (or more) and making the study itself boring? Also, if you have lots of very long lesson to import at once to get yourself ready for the week, you have to do it one by one daily, otherwise from the moment that the other parts were uploaded you’ll find yourself having to organize them all AGAIN and only on your computer, because through your mobile you don’t have this option and that was another thing I talked to the developer and nothing changed after that. I guess that the only issue the work on are the ones reported by S.K
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    You're sat there at a French restaurant, staring at the menu and realize that you don't recognize any of the culinary terms on there. It stands to reason that a good place to start when discovering French cuisine is by learning some of their names for ingredients and dishes. This app will help you learn 42 languages, including French.
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  • Nov 28, 2021

    By Josh Moga
    Best way to learn a language. Doing it the right way on your own can be tedious; LingQ takes care of building your SRS deck, finding transcripted audio, and looking up words in the dictionary. Highly recommend if you're serious about learning a language.
  • Nov 9, 2021

    By Marc LA
    The best way to learn a language and I've been using this platform, both website and the app, for more than 5 years.. I've been through all these apps out there...Lingq is simple the best.
  • Incredibly Powerful App Nov 3, 2021

    By Tomas030599
    LingQ is by far the most useful language learning app for self-learners. Unlike most apps, its main focus is not a guided course that will teach you similarly to a classroom teacher. Rather, LingQ’s strongest features are for the personalization of the material you study, which is the best way to learn once you have the bare basics down. The app will help you study from any text you want by enabling you to import articles, books, videos, songs into its reader. There, it is a breeze to go through the material and study it to achieve comprehension. LingQ’s reader integrates a variety of online resources that anybody studying a text in a foreign language would use (translations from multiple websites, google images, native dictionaries, verb conjugation resources, etc). It might be a little bit of a steep learning curve at first, but it is definitely worth the investment. I recommend watching their getting started page on their website to understand their approach.
  • Nov 24, 2021

    By Eric Myers
    Very good for learning! would recommend for learning to read in your target language.
  • LingQ is a Game Changer! Mar 15, 2021

    By PolishLanguageLearning
    Forget about memorizing endless stacks of flash cards with vocabulary. I’m not saying it’s worthless to learn vocabulary, but it’s important to learn the new word IN CONTEXT. Just as in English, one word in a foreign language can have lots of different meanings and depending on the language’s grammar, may even change its spelling. The way to really advance to the next level is through reading and listening within context. I’ve personally seen advances in my language level when I read more, but looking up words in the dictionary becomes tiresome. LingQ has access to lots of different reading material that is read out loud for you (and you can upload your own), and once you highlight words it automatically gives you the definition(s). I’m personally learning Polish and as it’s not a popular language here in the Bay Area, it’s hard to find material unless I purchase it from Poland, so I’ve found this really helpful.
  • LingQ is the most unknown and effective language learning tools know to man! May 16, 2018

    By TheDapperDan - Anthony
    As we’ve heard from Stephen Kaufman, Stephen Krashen and many others: “language learning is the constant pursuit of acquiring a large vocabulary, the best way to do that is by listening and reading a lot to content that is meaningful to us and used regularly” LingQ most definitely serves this purpose above and beyond. I cannot say enough great things about this app/company. Thousands of different kinds of content to read and listen to, no matter who you are or what your interests are, you will be able to find content that is of interest to you. Even if you’re a flashcarder, you have a home here. LingQ makes it very convenient to review hundred of flashcards if wanted within seconds. My experience? In three short weeks, my listening level went from only understanding simple concepts in conversation to being able to follow and fully understand in depth to an intermediate conversation that I found on LingQ. Consistently learning, at least, being exposed to 150 new words for every 3 hour learning session. I’m confident that word count can be a lot higher, but I took a little bit slower and listen a lot more. All in all, link is the absolute next best thing when it comes to language learning and I guarantee it will not be rivaled. Stop telling the native speaker you don’t understand and download LingQ today!
  • Nov 20, 2021

    By Deborah Faciane
    I love this app and it is helping me immensely in learning French.
  • Oct 5, 2021

    By Michael Anuzis
    One of the best approaches to learning language I've ever found. Check out the video from the creator's dad on YouTube who speaks 20 languages, interviewed on the "What I've Learned" channel, look for the word polyglot and you'll find the great video. I've been learning Japanese on and off close to 8 years and hit a plateau without getting fluent. Lingq's approach and the mindset taught by the founder's dad is the best I've seen anywhere. Try it out!
  • Engaging in all the right ways Oct 31, 2020

    By brianblades
    I’m deeply impressed with the app. Hearing and reading has helped with my general language comprehension so much more than the other apps that encourage forced memorization through banal flash cards and short statements like “this is my mom” etc. instead this app focuses on the theories proposed by Stephen Krashen and the like to encourage learning through “comprehensible input” lingq slowly encourages new word comprehension through short, generally comprehensible narratives that keep you in the perfect balance of understanding and mystery, always pushing you to expand your vocabulary while not overwhelming you to the language as a whole. It also allows you to mark your unknown words for future flash card review. I haven’t used it yet, but you can also meet with other native speakers and trade language lesson(invaluable!). It really is a one stop shop for language learners!
  • THE Foundational Language Learning App Jan 27, 2020

    By Occlusal
    If Apple were to take all of the language learning apps they’ve ever featured and roll them into one super app, they still wouldn’t be able to match the power of LingQ. This app is not only well designed, it may be the best language learning tool ever available in digital form. Not only is there a curriculum that can be followed to great effect, there is also the freedom to explore your target language at your own pace, using your own interests even to the point of turning just about any media source the internet has to offer into a language learning opportunity. You simply cannot learn a language meaningfully by building a flashcard vocabulary devoid of context the likes of which are put forth in apps like Duolingo, Drops or Rosetta Stone. They simply cannot help you maintain the level of enthusiasm and reward that is required for advancement in an educational method as gargantuan as language learning. This is not so with LingQ. Just when you think you’ve hit a wall, LingQ has a way of showing you a bright light at the end of the tunnel. If you want to actually learn a language, this app fulfills the major tenants of that goal. You will not be disappointed in both your use of this app and the expenditure of the monthly fee for expanded app use. Happy learning!
  • Nov 7, 2021

    By Marjorie
    LingQ is based on very sound language acquisition principles, and is fun to use. I love the feature that allows you to import your own text. I wish there were more comprehensive, easier to access instructions for how to use all the functions of the site offered right up front.
  • Oct 24, 2021

    By Sergio Najera
    Extremely powerful albeit extremely unintuitive and quite expensive. I first tried LingQ a year ago and it was horrible to use. They have made tremendous steps to improve the user experience, but finding good beginner friendly content that has been vetted and tested is hard. After digging around in the "Popular Lesson Feed" and trying a bunch of different lessons I found a couple which helped. Overall the most unique app that makes reading in your desired language possible and is so special!
  • A must have for people learning languages Mar 26, 2021

    By brian lynn ii
    This is my first review I’m writing for an application, I have wanted to write this for a while now as I’ve used LingQ for almost a year, anyway LingQ is the best tool to use for an input based approach on language learning, which is by far the best way to learn a language, using LingQ you read various texts and listen to many different materials, and even within the free version you have access to a multitude of resources for all levels of language learning. The premium version is a must have as it keeps track of the vocabulary you learn, making it extremely easy to keep track of progress and choose material based on your level. The only problem I’ve ran into is with more advanced and upper intermediate level vocabulary, as the translations are entirely user dependent, but still it’s such a minor issue. My other problem lies in how LingQ often has trouble reading Arabic script, it often counts 1 word as two words, or you’ll see the same word as different words. (Still a very minor issue) all in all, if you are looking to brush up on your second language or are an aspiring polyglot, this app is a must.
  • Nov 6, 2021

    By Greg Benoit
    Pretty good. I'm learning a lot. I just feel there is room for improvement on the way the interface is organized as it currently feels a bit cluttered and chaotic.
  • Nov 1, 2021

    By Soozo Fay
    It's good but for the love of God stop harassing me every 5 seconds to write a review. Also, this app is kind of on the pricy side.
  • Better than most! Jul 29, 2020

    By Verxta
    Okay by most I mean that there might be some that come off as better, but they might not be. LingQ stand at the top and it might not even be able to see its forerunners from that high! I’m 15 and I’ve been learning a multitude of languages from French to Spanish to English(at least to improve my vocabulary) to now Latin it’s by far the best. Even if you’re learning your native or mother tongue it will still help you learn faster. I don’t have much to any experience with the forums as I don’t usually use them but the few that I have have been tremendously helpful. The only complaint that I would really have particularly with Latin in LingQ is that you can’t use the auto-text to speech function whereas before you’d be able to use it with a similar language like Italian (as they sound similar and are relatives of each other) not I have to intuitively build a sense of how new and unfamiliar words look to me to be read as.
  • Sep 19, 2021

    By jeff ledbetter
    Very good app for language learning. Although its quality does somewhat depend on your target language and your ability to find material for your language. The interface is a little frustrating at times. On the desktop version you cant highlight sentence like you can using the mobile version. Also, I think a settings to page words to "ignore" would be good.
  • Sep 17, 2021

    By Alejandro Jimenez
    I love the method used in this app. I have the paid version, because I am an adult. LingQ teaches through audio and reading, it has courses, news, stories, podcasts and other fun material to learn. I have tried Duolingo, Babel, Memrise, Pimslur and other less known apps. This one feels more natural to me and it allows you to go over content faster. Things that could be improved: 1) When I am working on a course, I would like a feature to review LingQ words that are only in that course.
  • Oct 19, 2021

    By Joey Mezzacappa
    A little buggy in the UI (might I suggest using finite state machines?), but the learning system is solid! I much prefer this over Duolingo.
  • A good alternative to other methods. Jun 13, 2021

    By Pod-Ninja
    The concept is brilliant, I like the fact you can highlight the words you are sort-of familiar with but need to remember more. There are still bugs, at least in Brazilian Portuguese, the translator button under sentences many times give you the wrong translation. So you have to use the lower selection or write in your own after you look it up yourself, but it’s still functional and I use it to take a break from other apps or methods. The other thing is it sends out a report; but there’s part of the report that tells you a score for your writing and speaking - there isn’t anything in the app that I can see where I’d have to speak into or write somewhere. Maybe a future add-on.
  • LingQ: Great Reading Platform, Forums distract Feb 26, 2018

    By Reviewer7531
    The system, with its highlighted words, is great. 5 stars. The feed needs fixed, it's just a bunch of random articles. I can't find my own uploaded content half the time, even under Imports, without searching specifically by name. 4 stars. The forums are toxic - there's a 85% male ratio on there, I'd estimate. Questioners are a mix of internationals, and "bros" who use their words-learned as a way to measure themselves. I thought the forums had a bit of toxicity to them, then I got straight up attacked by someone I had never talked to. Another time, spam was posted in a forum, and I called the person out on it, and a group swarm came after me. They also accused me of "group think" while they swarmed, without ideas/original thoughts backing up their opinions, just insults. The spam they posted had a gender-dynamic to it; trying to convert men (and men only). I don't know if Steve's looked at the user data, or even cares, but I'd bet he's pushing away women users from his site. I'm someone comfortable swinging it with the guys, and dang, do I not want to be on those forums. Within 7 days of starting my membership, I was being bullied [and by someone who thought I was a man, since he called me a "little boy."] The fact that very few women ever speak on the forums is an extra sign that LingQ has cultivated a bad chat culture that is (likely) driving away female potential users.
  • Good if you have money Dec 18, 2020

    By Whitefox3457
    I’ve seen many reviews like this, and many of them have developer responses stating that you can complete as many lessons as you want without having to pay, while this is technically true, the lessons are practically useless if you can’t click on unknown word to get the translation! I completed one lesson and it was great, albeit a little easy since I’ve been trying to learn Japanese Hiragana for a about a year now, but then on the second lesson I went to tap a new word to learn the translation, and it said I needed premium to do that! So I struggled through the lesson by guessing, but I will be deleting it after this. I don’t usually get upset when language apps aren’t free, most of them aren’t, but this app continuously advertises itself as a completely free app, when in reality, you cant complete lessons without either guessing and not learning anything, or paying. If your willing to pay, great! This is an amazing app for you and I’m sure it will be super easy for you to learn with this, however, if your like me and either don’t have the money, not willing to give money for this, or maybe your a minor, then this is not the app for you.
  • Sep 12, 2021

    By Matthew Gelfer
    there is a very high pitch voice in this app that does not work very well. Seems to be the built-in voice of Android and it is too fast and high pitched and you have to hit it twice to hear the whole word. Also, when you try to use the flash cards and they request you to type in your answer, it always says you are incorrect even if your answer matches the answer exactly. Also, It would be nice to know if this is Spanish from Spain or more like South American and Mexican type of spanish.
  • Sep 17, 2021

    By Connor Cavasher
    I like this app, but wish there were a Lifetime subscription for multiple languages instead of having to pay $200 per language. I really hate the idea of a recurring fee. 😕
  • Aug 16, 2021

    By Holle Rodriguez
    The app is mostly great but I have been consistently struggling with a glitch that interrupts my learning. My text to speech language from my phone keeps switching to English when I lock my screen or switch to a different app. For example: sometimes when I am trying to hear the blue words (in German), my phone will read it in English, ignoring umlauts and word-final "e". From this same glitch it sometimes can't read Russian words at all. Is there a setting where I can fix this permanently?
  • Robust but Flawed Oct 30, 2019

    By kreebby
    LinQ is a fairly robust app with a number of useful features, but the computerized voices they have reading the dialogue are terrible, which unfortunately really slows down learning in any pitch accent language. It basically has you make your own flash cards after going through a course based on sloppy outputs from google translate or a few other websites. Most of the popular answer suggests just outright give the answer again in both languages so you can cheat. These things really need to improve before I ever resume my subscription. Readlang was cheaper and better.
  • Didn’t really get a chance to try it out... Feb 18, 2021

    By TiffBAA
    The premium upgrade comes so fast (barely into my first lesson as a beginner) that I don’t really feel like I got a feel as to whether this would be a good app to assist in my language learning. Nor did I feel like I got a hang of the app at all. Maybe I shouldn’t be rating this, I guess I don’t know if I like the app at all! I certainly don’t know if I want to pay for the upgrade. Disappointing. They should try to get me hooked before asking for the $.
  • Good but Jan 2, 2021

    By party1000
    It’s a really good language learning platform with stories and vocabulary and a bunch of fun challenges and courses. The reason why I downloaded LingQ was because it seemed like a fun way to learn a language for free. But you only get like maybe ten lingq s and then they start saying you have to get a subscription to learn more vocabulary and continue. I’m kind of sad because I’m broke and can’t learn but other than that it’s a cool app.
  • Great concept, not always robust in execution Nov 25, 2021

    By haywoodrfloyd
    When it works, it’s great. However, it often has problems, things like not counting your LinQs properly, which often results in losing one’s study streak. Using a computer with the web site works better, but even that is subject to various technical issues from time to time. Overall, though, I’ve enjoyed using this tool.
  • Really disappointed Jun 3, 2020

    By Beesbees12
    I am really bummed out because I was really hoping this would live up to the hype. I’m learning French and have be using Duolingo, which I’ve been pretty happy with, because you can learn a lot for free. But I wanted to try this more immersive approach, studying current news articles and such. I love this idea...and I think it could be massively helpful. But why don’t you guys stop advertising this as a free app with purchases available to improve the experience. I can’t do anything with this app unless I pay for it. I couldn’t even get through a single beginner lesson. I saw another reviewer complain that he was getting spam regarding his progress. Yeah, it’s a notification. But it feels kind of spammy when the notification is reminding you to do something that you can’t do unless you pay to do it. I realize you gotta make money, but this just feels kind of icky of you guys. I have no idea how useful this app is because I’m not going to pay to figure it out. The interface was kind of confusing, too. I’d hit the play button and it wouldn’t match up with the text. It was weird and frustrating. I don’t want to watch a bunch of videos to learn how to use an app. I’ll look up news articles and use a pocket translator to learn my way through it. Seriously bummed out.
  • Sep 14, 2021

    By Matthew Melendez
    The app gives the user no way to unsubscribe from the paid version from within the app. Also if you sign up for the paid version through the app, then you cannot cancel via the web version. Very frustrating when dealing with payments, but a good learning tool if you stick with it.
  • Im sure it’s great, just not for me. Nov 21, 2021

    By brookiecookie606
    I’ve been learning Swedish for a few months now through a combination of Duolingo and trying find other materials on my own, like listening to Swedish music and radio stations and watching movies. It seems everything has been improving but my listening comprehension, so I figured I’d try out this “LingQ” app I hear Steve Kaufman advertising in his podcast all the time. I knew there was a subscription feature, but I thought there’d be more you could do without it. I didn’t even get through a single lesson before I’d reached my lingq limit. Now that I’ve reached this limit, I cannot use the app anymore because it won’t let you advance to the next page of a lesson without making at least one lingq on the current page. I’m sure it’s a great app and could help me improve more than I ever could with Duolingo, but it’s just not going to work for me.
  • Is it just me?! Jan 17, 2020

    By didi28384dnrjfj
    After looking at the great reviews and people saying this App is amazing, (Lingq even claims it is the best) I decided to try it. I was most excited about being read to while I followed along. But then when I came to a word I didn’t know, I was supposed to be able to highlight it and go back to somewhere else to look at it for later. The definitions that were offered were helpful maybe 10% of the time. I just stopped using that feature as it didn’t seem helpful. Maybe the user interface is bad? It seems like their main aim here is to deliver meaningful content to the user in the form of articles, to which the user has expressed interest in the subject matter. But, for some reason, none of them seemed interesting to me. I guess I felt a little overwhelmed at everything I was supposed to sort through on my little iPhone app. It seemed crazily organized. Usually when I get an app, I want to explore and see what everything is and how I can work my way around it. This one seemed too expansive? (Maybe) to be able to do that? Anyway, it was difficult to navigate and not quite what I was looking for. But I am currently living in another country and trying to learn the language of the country. I only speak English fluently. And I’m a beginner in Italian.
  • Theoretically incredible, practically tedious Dec 10, 2018

    By 2018CML21
    If I can be perfectly honest, I love the idea of this app, but the interface is not very user-friendly. It should be really simple to copy a text that I want to read, and paste it directly into LingQ as a new lesson, but I can’t figure out how to do that. It would be really cool if under ‘News to Import’ I could organize the publications by publisher or keywords somehow, instead of scrolling mindlessly though article titles I can’t read entirely. This app is so close to being an incredible language tool, it’s frustrating to see how irritatingly not user-friendly it is at the moment. Until these issues are fixed, I might look for alternative tools elsewhere.
  • Don’t be deceived Jun 23, 2021

    By sunshine6511
    This app takes a really nice approach to learning a language. You can immerse yourself in your target language, and tap on words to learn what they mean. However, you can only make so many LingQs before you have to pay. I would be fine with paying $30 a year, but $100!? That is way too expensive. The developers are saying that the app is free, which it technically is, to just won’t be able to make any more LingQs/figuring out what words mean without using a dictionary, which just defeats the purpose of the app. If you are considering downloading this app, just don’t.
  • Help what is happening Jan 14, 2018

    By Aupair1995
    Here’s what I thought this app was: Access books and movies and videos and whatnot in the language you want to learn! If you find good ones on other sites you can import them! Learning Spanish? Listen to pop songs from Spain! Read this article from this Mexican magazine! Etc etc etc Here’s what I think the app is (not sure because it’s such a confusing set up): There’s nowhere where you can choose the type or genre of media you’re looking for. There’s only a “feed” like a newsfeed of random... articles?! Liked by randos?? I’m not sure. When I click on them it shows me text in Spanish. But... there’s usually no context. It makes no sense. Maybe I’m not getting it or that wasn’t the point. But I think the app should add a search function or ask you what content you like or something!! The concept is really great, it’s execution is confusing. Feel free to give me tips devs
  • Feels unfinished Sep 24, 2021

    By samedeepwaterasyou75
    I love the concept of the app and wish someone would make something like this that works a bit better. The navigation is confusing and weird. The Japanese options are limited. The LingQ flashcards are are pulled from dictionaries that often contain the tested information on the question side. It's difficult to find interesting content. Overall, this is NOT a $100/year app. Not even close. Fix the pricing or radically upgrade and polish the app. As it is, it feels shady to be charged so much for a problematic experience.
  • Great Concept, Horrible App Feb 20, 2021

    By Rirst Fate
    The “system” of “lingqs” and definitions and vocabulary tracking is a disorganized muddle. I’ve given up on using it. I really don’t care how many people mis-translated a word, nor would I ever choose to “ignore” a word. It’s anybody’s guess what menu will appear when you click on a word, and you can’t make a word blue again once you click on it. What a mess. However, the listening & reading approach makes a lot of sense, so I just use the app for these purposes, and rely on Google Translate a lot.
  • Cannot cancel Jul 1, 2020

    By Annsimpson_
    Make sure that you want to use this for a long time and that it is worth your money. In my opinion I opened it a coupe times and totally forgot I even had it. I am trying to cancel but it won’t let me and I am afraid that it will keep charging. Anyways the app was pretty sturdy and informational but it is very hard to cancel. That is why I gave it 2 stars- bc the app is good but the service in my opinion might be ripping us off which is a lil disrespectful. Ok thx!
  • Oct 23, 2021

    By sgrocker1
    Every time I log into the app, it reverts my settings back to the original. I have to go into settings each time to reset it where I want it. Also, the phone app and the desktop app aren't in synq with each other. Preferences should be global. Selecting multiples words is difficult if the words are on different lines. I don't have time to list all the issues I've had with the app. The destop version is much better. EDIT: I removed 1 star, it keeps bugging me to rate the app when I already have.
  • Spam and Jumbled Mess Jan 14, 2020

    By Japutie
    First I used it for 30 minutes before it was spamming me with upgrade requests and blocking me adding more words to my list. 7 day trial should mean regular use for 7 days but instead it means we tricked you into downloading this app and give us money before you actually get to evaluate this app. I ended up doing the actual trial which you only get if you sign up for a plan and was happy for about an hour adding words to study then it came time to actually study and the UI is such a jumbled mess that I spent 10 minutes looking for the flash card study until I had to google it and it was a tiny icon in the corner. Then the actual flash card UI is overly complicated and I was immediately turned off and canceled my subscription but I kept getting spam emails telling me to continue my streak. I went to the Website and opted out of all emails and today the emails are still coming. Overall terrible app
  • Needs improvement Apr 3, 2019

    By On origins
    This version was not tested very well on iPhone. Yes, I have worked as tester. My top complaint: user defined vocabulary ... Even Google is better. Second: multiple listings for the same word — terrible database management. Third: the interface is bad on iPhone. But, the interface is not great on the web. Several times, I switched over to the web to get things done. When updating user settings and while using the app for language practice. My primary target language is Russian, secondary German. I also practiced with the Spanish — I do not recommend the Spanish. It was stilted towards possibly Castilian, but it still sounded odd for Castilian. Mexican Spanish is near native for me. I have conversed with native Spanish speakers from Catalan, Andalusia, and Madrid on many occasions, as well as Mexico, Central and South America. My German is not good enough to comment. Russian? Well, like all apps, the Russian needs improvement. The LingQ concept is solid, but implementation needs improvement. I would recommend a month on, month off. LingQ is TOO expensive at full price. IMHO.
  • Think twice before getting the premium membership Apr 8, 2021

    By AngelsRoses
    The main problem with Lingq is how you are ignored every time you send a good feedback to the developer and yet he does nothing to change it. I have a very serious issues in why we have to go through pages in order to review our vocabulary. Why they don’t just show up shuffled which is more natural than forcing me go through 10 pages (or more) and making the study itself boring? Also, if you have lots of very long lesson to import at once to get yourself ready for the week, you have to do it one by one daily, otherwise from the moment that the other parts were uploaded you’ll find yourself having to organize them all AGAIN and only on your computer, because through your mobile you don’t have this option and that was another thing I talked to the developer and nothing changed after that. I guess that the only issue the work on are the ones reported by S.K

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LingQ- Learn 42 languages: Spanish, French, German

LingQ- Learn 42 languages: Spanish, French, German