How to import and study ebooks on LingQ

Once you are an intermediate or advanced learner of a language, a great way to continue to improve and to grow your fluency and vocabulary level is by reading books in your new language. Not only do you get a great sense of satisfaction from having read a book in a second language, but as long as you are choosing a book you are interested in, you will be motivated to read the book and therefore to continue improving your language.

While it can be painful to read a book in a foreign language, if you can study that book on LingQ, it all of a sudden becomes a pleasure. There are a few key steps I will outline here to show you how to make this happen as easily as possible. It does require a little bit of time to do but the volume of interesting content this opens up makes it all worthwhile.

Find a book you are interested in

I recommend studying both the audiobook and ebook so you can benefit from the complete LingQ method which means reading the text, looking up the words and reinforcing your reading and reviewing by listening to the same content. Therefore, I usually start the process of finding a book by finding an available audiobook I am interested in.

Step 1 – Find the audiobook

I have a subscription to Audible.com, which allows me to download one audiobook each month. While they have a huge library of English audiobooks, their Italian library (the language I’m currently studying) is smaller. But they do have a lot of Italian audiobooks nonetheless and they seem to have Spanish, French and German too. Of course you can find audiobooks in many places but I find Audible with it’s accompanying mobile app easy to deal with. Since the supply of audiobooks is more limited I start here until I find a book I’m interested in.

Step 2 – Find the matching ebook

Once I have the audiobook, I search the web for the ebook as well. For Italian, I have found IBS.it to have whatever I need and to be convenient. I buy and download the ebooks from there. Make sure you are buying an ebook not a real book! I did this once but fortunately was able to cancel my order in time. It’s all good Italian practice since the site interface is in Italian too!

Step 3 – Download Calibre

Once you have the ebook, you want to convert it into a format you can use to copy the text from. To do this use Calibre which is a software that allows you to convert to and from all types of ebook format. I usually convert to a .txt file which I can then open and copy from. You may need to search Google to figure out where to find the ebook files on your computer if you have bought a kindle book or have a format not recognized by calibre.

Step 4 – Import to LingQ

Now that you have your text, copy and paste it into the Import Lesson page on LingQ. It will automatically get split into 2000 word parts and turned into a course. I always make sure to add an image to the first lesson as well which will then become the course image. It just makes it a little more fun to see the image on the course and lessons. Please don’t share these lessons with others in the Library unless you are sure they are copyright free.

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Step 5 – Listen to the audio

Finally, you should figure out how to deal with the audio. I always use the Audible app which downloads my audiobooks automatically. If you want you can cut up your audio file into sections to upload to LingQ but that is quite tedious and not really necessary. It’s just as easy to listen in Audible or in iTunes and just manually track and input your listening time into LingQ so you capture all your statistics.

Hope this helps! Give it a try and let us know how it goes. Let us know which book you are reading!

 

Welcome LingQ Academy 2016 Students!

Welcome LingQ Academy 2016 Students!

In March we invited English language learners to come study with us at the LingQ HQ over the summer. It’s something we’ve never done before and will give students the unique opportunity to learn English while immersed in the day-to-day life of a busy startup. We received a lot of applications, but only had four spots to fill. The four applicants who stood out had three things we were looking for: a passion for learning, a desire to meet new people and a drive to achieve their language learning goals.

One student, Yuleidy from Dominican Republic, was sadly unable to come last minute. She will be following the LingQ Academy Course on LingQ remotely and will be here in spirit (hola Yuleidy!). So now we are down to three students arriving in Vancouver this Monday. Let’s get to know them a little before they get here.

Name: Hanna Kim
Age: 23
Favourite LingQ Course: Focus on Vocabulary

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Hanna from Seoul, South Korea graduated from university this year and has been working for an e-commerce company there ever since. Her interest in marketing and desire to improve her English made the LingQ Academy the perfect place to spend the summer: “I have been interested in education of language and development of application and marketing so I am glad to not only experience all of these but also learn English properly in here.”

This will be the first time that Hanna has lived outside of Korea, and she’s looking forward to seeing how people of different cultures coexist in Vancouver. The one place she really wants to get to while she’s here is Stanley Park (for the amazing views).

Hanna predicts that living in Vancouver and studying at LingQ will be a turning point in her English learning. “The story of Steve Kaufmann was very attractive. His Youtube videos gives me more credit than just the story. If LingQ is what he made, than I can study language from LingQ with trust.”

When she isn’t working or studying English, Hanna picks up her camera and takes pictures around Seoul. Check out these sweet snaps:

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There’s lots for you to photograph in Vancouver, Hanna. Welcome!

Name: Tamás Ferencz
Age: 21
Favourite LingQ Course: TED Talks

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Our only male student this year hails from Budapest, Hungary. Tamás loves meeting new people, watching and taking part in any kind of sport and feeding his appetite for knowledge – he will read and study pretty much anything.

Tamás loves to challenge himself whenever he can. He completed the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage in Spain, a trek that is more than 100 kilometers long. We can make a list of hikes in B.C. that he might like, we’d just better have a talk about bears and cougars before he sets off.

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This trip won’t be the first time that Tamás has left Hungary; he’s spent the past year living in the Australian cities of Melbourne and Brisbane. He’s really looking forward to his first time in Canada though, and wants to soak up the culture and atmosphere of Vancouver. Oh, and he also wants to figure out why Canadians are so nice. “I only had great experience with Canadian people, you are super nice and I want to figure out what your secret is.” I hope we don’t disappoint, eh!

Name: Emily Huang
Age: 22
Favourite LingQ Course: Interesting Stories

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Emily is another recent university graduate – she graduated from her design program this year – looking for a new challenge in a new country. An interest in taking up German lead her to LingQ, and that’s where she found out about the LingQ Academy.

She’s hoping to have fun in Vancouver with the other students and be able to explain her thoughts a lot better in English when she leaves. Her favourite language learning method? “I prefer to read some articles about daily life or interesting stories. It makes me memorize vocabulary and grammar easily and unconsciously.” Emily also enjoys chatting to friends from all over the world and researching topics on online in English.

Emily won’t be rushing to the usual tourist traps around Vancouver; she prefers to take the road less traveled and find hidden gems. “I like to explore new places by myself more than follow travel books. So I’ll find my secret spot there, maybe a forest, park or something else.” B.C. has you covered on that front, Emily.

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Cascade Falls Regional Park, B.C.

We’re super excited to get to know our LingQ Academy 2016 students and help them make a breakthrough in their English. Interested in studying English, startups or Canada? You can follow the students’ progress on the LingQ Academy Live YouTube channel. We’ll be posting videos every Tuesday and Friday.

Join us in Vancouver!

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At LingQ, we believe it is best not only to learn a language, but to learn something else through the language. That way we learn the language more efficiently and broaden our knowledge.
So we’re inviting you to enhance your language learning at our LingQ headquarters in Vancouver, Canada.

Join us for three months in Vancouver at the LingQ headquarters where you will:

  • Spend two hours a day studying English with LingQ under our guidance.
  • Spend up to five hours a day working with our LingQ team in English.
  • Spend the rest of your time taking advantage of living in an English speaking environment.

The program includes working in a real world tech start-up and interacting with LingQ personnel every day. You will be participating in real projects, helping to solve real marketing, design, and project related problems. You will help LingQ and at the same time you will become fluent in English.

Application Requirements

  • You will need to find your own way to and from Vancouver, Canada.
  • You will have to find a place to stay within a reasonable commute time from our office in West Vancouver (we can help you with this).
  • You will need to come with your own laptop and either a tablet or smartphone or both.
  • You must provide strong references.

Although we are looking for mostly non-native English speakers from different language groups, we will also take one native English speaker who is learning another language. As an English speaker you will not benefit from the immersive, native speaking environment in our office. Nevertheless, we will arrange virtual discussions in your target language with tutors with experience in relevant fields. We will also make sure one of your co-learners is from your target language group so you can have real conversations with him or her.

How to Apply

LingQ Academy starts May 16, 2016, which doesn’t give a lot of time. We need to receive all applications by April 5, 2016 at the latest. We will be conducting Skype interviews for those who get through to the second stage. We are hoping to find three to six learners to take part in the course who will be notified by April 15, 2016. That will give you a month to prepare for the trip. I realize the timeline is short, but that’s the way it is.

You should be passionate about learning, whether it be learning languages or learning about web and mobile marketing, optimization etc. Tell us what you’re interested in! A genuine interest in technology and technology related fields is a must. Experience in these activities can be an asset but is by no means a requirement.

As part of your application, prepare an imported lesson on LingQ. Explain why we should include you in this program. It can be in any language. Include a video, audio and transcript of course. Include the lesson url in your application email.

Don’t worry, it won’t all be work! We will find lots of opportunity to enjoy and explore the fantastic summers here on the west coast of Canada.

If you are interested, please submit an email to LingQAcademy@lingq.com answering the following questions. No prior experience is required, all levels of English speakers should feel free to apply.

Please answer the following questions in your video submission:

  1. What do you do now?
  2. Why do you do it?
  3. Why do you want to learn English?
  4. Which language do you want to learn and why? (For native English speakers)
  5. What is your current level in (English)?
  6. What other languages do you speak?
  7. What are you hoping to learn?
  8. After you learn it, what are you going to do with it?
  9. What are some of the things that you have done in your life that you are most proud of?
  10. If you could do anything in your life, what would that be?
  11. What else should I know about you?

For those of you who aren’t able to apply, we’ll also be making the learning materials from the course available on LingQ so you will be able to follow along and study the same program. We’ll provide more details when the time comes.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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New sounds and progress tracker on lesson page

Hello Everyone!

While you’ve been focusing on learning languages, we’ve been working hard to make LingQ even better than ever. This is the first of many exciting new improvements that will be coming your way over the next few months.
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New sounds and progress tracker:
We started off by redesigning the lesson page, something that will make you smile. There are now sounds to notify you when you’ve created a LingQ, Known Word, Ignored Word, and completed the lesson. Because we know some of you use LingQ late at night, you can turn the sound off in the settings menu by clicking on the Settings icon located above the lesson.
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We’ve also moved the audio playback controls to the lower left-hand of the screen which will make things less cluttered.
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There are also plenty of other behind-the-scenes improvements like; faster performance, bug fixes, new content and lots more.
So give it a try. We hope you like it as much as we do.

New Snazzy Dutch, Japanese, Portuguese And Korean Avatars On LingQ

If you are learning Dutch, Japanese, Portuguese or Korean, we have great news. Yesterday we released new avatars for all those languages.

If you are a regular on LingQ.com, you are probably already familiar with the cute animated avatars that represent your progress in the language(s) that you are learning, but if you are new to it all, the following should give you an idea.

How LingQ Avatars Work
As language learners we know motivation is key, and what the avatar does is embody the actions and successes of your learning progress. While, this might seem silly at first, research has shown that it actually does work; watching your avatar grow stimulates motivation.

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If you haven’t noticed the avatars before, here’s how they work: at first the avatar appears as an egg on a plain background. Very quickly, as you learn new words, your avatar starts growing. As your avatar grows, and you learn, you earn the right to select cultural items, fitting the language you are learning. These can be articles of clothing, or other cultural artifacts.

An Avatar Fashion Show
For the Dutch female avatar cultural clothes mean wooden clogs, a skirt with an apron, a chemise with a ‘kraplap’, blouse, a beaded necklace and kerchief, and of course, the cap. The Dutch male avatar wears blue pants, a red shirt accented by a predominately black scarf, a jaunty fishermen’s hat and of course those trusty good old Dutch clogs.

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The Portuguese male avatar is also very traditional. It is pretty straightforward; Black pants, a fancy red sash, black jacket and of course a cool black hat. He looks quite the gentleman. He has already got a female counterpart on LingQ.

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Our Japanese male avatar is a tough little guy and a samurai warrior. He has got a samurai hair-do, zori and tabi (shoes and socks), nagajuban (under-kimono), kimono, hakama (apron-like clothing), and kataginu (sleeveless jacket with big shoulders). Shoes in his sandals – Oh yes, he did!

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Last, but definitely not least, is our Korean male avatar. He is literally dressed as a noble prince. He wears a jeogori (jacket) with two fronts, bound together with a strap. His pants are called bajis, which are tied with a strap on top of white socks. The piece of clothing with the wide sleeves is a Chinese dopo (an overcoat). The outfit is complemented by a hat with a gatkeun (string of gemstones added by members of nobility to show their station). His Princess has been waiting.

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Let The Avatar Motivate You
When your avatar is fully developed, you can expect to be able to speak your new language well and if that isn’t motivation enough, think of it this way; you wouldn’t want your avatar to be naked in an egg when he’s got all these fancy clothes to wear – so good luck and get learning.

New Lessons on LingQ in October 2014

Arabic

Political memoris | الذاكرة السياسية
برنامج للمستويات المتقدمة، برنامج سياسي عربي من تقديم طاهر بركة
Lessons in Course: 13, New This Month: 2
حجر الزاوية
برنامج حواري بعنوان حجر الزاوية
Lessons in Course: 19, New This Month: 19
سلسلة الأندلس
سلسلة خاصة عن تاريخ الأندلس
Lessons in Course: 12, New This Month: 12
سلسلة كيف تصبح عالماً
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Lessons in Course: 10, New This Month: 10

Chinese

For absolute beginner
Free Chinese lessons for absolute beginner made by Edward. http://www.lingq.com/profile/Edward/ Please check the resource for lesson note mp3. If you like it, welcome to sign up a conversation with Edward! Contact me if you have any question or suggestion. 🙂
Lessons in Course: 4, New This Month: 3
Learning from songs
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Lessons in Course: 1, New This Month: 1
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Import and make your language learning real

One of the most powerful features LingQ offers is the ability to import any content in your target language and study it using LingQ’s functionality. It’s not always obvious how or which content to import so I thought I would provide examples of how I use this feature.

Importing news articles

Perhaps the most obvious place to import from are the many wonderful news and informational sites around the world. Click Import Lesson from the Tasks dropdown in the main navigation bar. When you are on the Import Lesson page, you can find a list of Resources in your target language. There are certainly many more great places to find content of interest but this gives you a good place to start.

Import lessons into LingQ

For example, I am studying Italian so I regularly import lessons from one of Italy’s largest newspapers Corriere della Sera. I could use the Import Lesson page and copy and paste the article, title, text, image and original url. Or, I can use the Chrome Extension to import all of this information with 1-click. In this case, I have the Chrome Extension already so I will simply click on it and choose to import this article into LingQ.

Import using Chrome Extension

Once, I’ve imported the article it looks like this in the LingQ Reader. With the Chrome Extension you do also have the ability to create LingQs right on the page but I prefer using LingQ’s interface since I prefer the Quick LingQ mode using the Dashboard View and it allows me to manually select and LingQ words and phrases as well.

Imported lesson on LingQ

Importing emails

Another great use for importing is reading correspondence in your target language. First of all, going through it on LingQ helps me understand the email much better than using Google Translate, and secondly I get to add all new terms to LingQ for review. There is nothing like using real correspondence to learn from!

Importing Forum Posts

There are many great discussions on the LingQ Forums in many languages and it’s a great place to interact in your target language. Import posts of native speakers to understand and learn from what they have posted. When you feel comfortable, submit your own comments and have them corrected using the Post for Correction option. Of course, once your posts are corrected you will want to use the Import function on the correction report to import all your corrections and new vocabulary.

There are many great ways to use the import feature. These are just some of the ways I use it. Let me know what content you import in the comments.

 

New Lessons on LingQ in September 2014

Chinese

For absolute beginner
Free Chinese lessons for absolute beginner made by Edward. http://www.lingq.com/profile/Edward/ Please check the resource for lesson note mp3. If you like it, welcome to sign up a conversation with Edward! Contact me if you have any question or suggestion. 🙂
Lessons in Course: 1, New This Month: 1
Native Podcast Transcripts Project – Mandarin
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Lessons in Course: 12, New This Month: 4
Rutgers 中文
基础级课程
Lessons in Course: 18, New This Month: 4
自製補充教材
我為我的學生特別製做的教學補充課程。  如果無涉及隱私的話就公開讓大家也可以使用,有問題歡迎發問。
Lessons in Course: 11, New This Month: 5

Dutch

Podcasts met Fasulye
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Lessons in Course: 32, New This Month: 1

English

‘A HISTORICAL ANGLE’, A SURVEY OF RECENT LITERATURE ON THE USE AND VALUE OF HIST
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Lessons in Course: 1, New This Month: 1
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Provider Awards September 2014

Thanks to each and every one of you who has contributed to the LingQ Library! LingQ offers a library of content in 21 different languages, and it’s because of our providers that these libraries are full of interesting content that LingQ members can access for free!

The Provider Awards is our way of saying thank you each month to those who upload and share lessons to the site (with permission, of course!). If you’re interested in learning more about how to share lessons on LingQ take a look at the Import Help page. Who knows, you might even earn a few points next month!

 

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