Me (LingQ username: DavidMartin) conversing in Spanish with Albert (Alsuvi), a Spanish tutor on www.LingQ.com
LingQ is a language learning system and a dynamic community with a serious interest in languages. The learning methodology is based on Steve Kaufmann’s experience in learning 11 languages, as well as research by Stephen Krashen on the advantages of input based activities in language learning. LingQ is unique in the way it takes advantage of the Internet and enables members to acquire vocabulary and language skills from relevant and interesting language input, wherever they may find it. This way of learning is enjoyable and not stressful, and therefore, for many people, represents the first time they experience success in language learning.
Learning with LingQ
Listening and Reading
The main learning activity is simply listening to interesting language content on an iPod or MP3 player. From time to time the user needs to read the transcript at LingQ in order to save words and phrases from the text to his or her personal database. As the database grows, it generates Flash Cards, special highlighting of words in new texts, statistical records of activity and achievement, and many other effective learning functions, all of which are customized to each learner’s situation.
Speaking and Writing
Learners can interact with native speaker tutors via Skype and can also submit writing for correction. After each online discussion with a tutor, members receive a discussion report, listing the words and phrases that were not used correctly. These are added to the learner’s database. Similarly learners can submit writing for correction and will receive a detailed report with the corrected text and explanations of errors. Again, the corrected words and phrases are added to the learner’s database.
Tutoring and Creating Lessons
Members are not only involved in learning one or more foreign language themselves, but also can create content and provide tutoring services in their own language for other members.
How to Join
Registration at LingQ, and use of many of the resources at LingQ, are free of charge. To use all of LingQ’s functions costs $10 a month. However, members have the opportunity to earn much more than this by creating content and providing tutoring services in their own language to other members of the community.