With loads of brand new functionality, a completely redesigned interface, and major enhancements to the community, LingQ 2.0 is a revolution in language learning.
Be sure to check out our newest video to understand what’s new in LingQ 2.0!
We have continually improved LingQ, ever since we launched, but sometimes change can’t be done incrementally. Sometimes you have to clear the slate and start again to achieve your vision. That is what we have done with LingQ 2.0 — We have revamped major components of the site to give it a clean, fresh look and to give the user a brand new experience.
Beginning with the navigation. We wanted fewer controls but faster access to the tasks you perform most. “Learn” is where you find lessons and study them. “Friends” is where you interact with members and tutors. “Teach” is where you manage your tutoring activities. “Tasks” is where you find shortcuts to the main activities on the site. These four simple controls are easy for newcomers to learn and super efficient for power users. And that is just the start.
The new Learn page is a like a control centre for LingQ. The Timeline is a chronological list of your learning activities and site notifications. Want to find that lesson you were just studying? There it is. Time to review that writing correction or, answer that conversation request? It’s all right there in your Timeline.
On the other side of the page you’ll find Recommendations. These are the courses or lessons that other members are sharing, as a lesson is shared it moves to the top of the list. This gives you a constantly refreshing list of lessons at your level that our members are recommending.
As someone who has learned to speak 12 languages, including five in the last 10 years, I have always felt that that what mattered the most to me was finding interesting material to learn from, that was at my level.
In LingQ 2.0 when you browse for content, new lessons, open lessons, imported lessons, they are all in one place. It’s important to note that Courses replace the old collections and Playlists replace the old Courses. We feel this terminology more accurately reflects what these things do.
You can view new lessons in the Library, lessons you have already taken in My Lessons or lessons you have previously imported. Select between Lessons, Courses or Playlists depending on what you are looking for. You can even filter your results further. When you find a lesson you like, open it. If you really like it, you may want to add it to a playlist or share it with others using the dropdown menu.
Playlists are new to LingQ. What are Playlists? Playlists are a customized way for you to to collect lessons together to suit a particular interest you have, for future study. A lesson can belong to more than one playlist. You can even share these playlists with other members, to help them. Maybe you are a tutor and want to direct members learning your language to some relevant content that you have created or shared. We think that Playlists will help everyone keep track of good content and share it with others.
To me it’s about performance. The site has to work as efficiently and smoothly as possible to allow people to focus on what’s important, which is learning the language. Ideally, the technology, the system, fades into the background.
What we have done to the lesson page, the core page of our site, is revolutionary. We fell in love with this new functionality while testing and we have been waiting impatiently for it to launch so we could use it with our real account data. The new interface is much cleaner while, at the same time, providing quicker access to all functionality. Everything is literally at your finger tips…
The text is now fixed at an optimal width, which makes it easier to read. As before, new words are highlighted in blue and LingQs, the words you are learning, in yellow.
On the right, in the Dashboard, you will find a new HTML audio player which works works on all devices and platforms including iOS devices. You will also find all information and resources related to the lesson. See the number of New Words and LingQs in the lesson. Click to see the New Words or LingQed terms. Drill down on a term to see more information.
In the text, you’ll notice that the word you are looking up is bordered in red.
The location of this word is now stored so you can easily see where you are in the lesson and find your way back if you have to navigate away for some reason. Like a bookmark but better!
But what really gets us excited is the way you can now quickly flip through these blue new words, just by using your keyboard.
The left, right arrow keys move you from one new word to the next, seamlessly, and the lesson text scrolls to keep up. Use the up/down arrow keys to choose the best hint or option for the word and enter to select it. There are also options for Ignore and Known or you can simply type x for ignore and k for Known.
We wanted LingQing to be instant without a lot of mousing. The result is powerful for vocabulary acquisition.
Reviewing LingQs in the text is now just as easy as dealing with your blue words.
Just press shift and the right or left arrow key to switch from blue to yellow words. Now the left and right arrow keys flip through your LingQs. Manage your tags, view examples, see all user hints, ask a tutor for help, review your notes, while you flip, and while the text scrolls with you. All changes are automatically saved.
Lesson resources like videos, translations, scripts and more are also displayed in the dashboard. Red indicators show which resources are available. Just click to access a specific resource from the dropdown list.
More streamlined, more functional and fast. We think you’re going to love it. And, if you are on a device with a smaller resolution you can even minimize the dashboard and use the full screen for text. Highlighted words function as they did in the original LingQ app.
More than two billion people have access to the Internet. To us that means amazing opportunities to connect with learners and speakers from all over the globe, and all this right from your very own home. As we began this project of redoing LingQ from the ground up, a core part of our vision was enhancing the way that members interact at LingQ. We knew from the start that we had to make member interaction more meaningful and more convenient, in order to create a truly vibrant learning community.
The Friends section features a brand new “activity wall” front and center. Now, users can share updates, links to other sites, videos, images and more. And, with privacy settings for each post, you can control what to share and, more importantly, what to keep private. You can subscribe to a specific user’s updates by adding them as a Friend, giving you more control over what you see in your feed. Filter by lessons or conversations to see what your friends are up to in your target language.
Of course, part of the fun is in the interaction, and that’s why we have also added a comment box below each and every post that appears, allowing you to comment on what other people have shared. If you like a post, you can click the “+Rose” button to give it a rose. If you really like it, you can even click the “Share” button and share it on your own feed. Each time you click “+Rose” on someone’s post, a rose will be added to their rose total.
The sharing of lessons is unique. When you share a lesson you are also giving it a rose. This means it will be pushed to the top of the Recommendations list on the Learn page.
LingQ 2.0 is not just an update. It is a genuine re-invention of the LingQ concept and a significant step forward for language learners everywhere. LingQ is now more portable, more fun and more effective. The rest is up to you…