How does learning German with LingQ look like?
My German’s already pretty good. I’ve been working on it for years. I can usually understand what natives are saying to me and each other, only needing to ask them to explain the odd phrase. I speak with an English accent and may get the word order wrong, but as I’m not a diplomat, teacher or spy I can live with that.
Now and then I look through my list of created LingQs. I don’t put much effort into learning new words. On the contrary, I usually keep the word “on the back burner” until I have met it two ot three times, in different situations. By then it will usually have worked its way into my memory all by itself, and I just have to mark it as known.
When I feel like it, I spend 1000 points on a chat with a German tutor. We talk about anything we feel like, books we’re read, films we like. Sometimes we talk in German about another language we are both studying, say French. And I get a conversation report at the end, which I may (or may not, I’m pretty lazy) study to learn some new words and phrases.
You really can’t call it work. It’s just bookkeeping, keeping track of words I have learned, and the words that are, without me trying, working their way into my brain. It also means hanging out with some very nice German-speaking people.
And the results? A year ago I could only understand spoken German pieces if they were read clearly and carefully. Now I can listen to the radio, watch TV, listen to podcasts on history and science, even get the jokes on comedy podcasts. And I now speak, still with an English accent and the odd bit of dodgy word order, on a much wider range of subjects. It’s like having taken a year’s university course without actually having the bother of attending any lessons or doing any homework.
LingQ helps bad language users to speak it better.