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    If you really like (maybe even love?) Lingvist and our app has been of help in improving your language skills, this is the place to let us know!

    Tell us what you liked, why, perhaps what great things resulted in you using Lingvist – did you pass a test?
    pass a test
    get a job?
    get a job
    or have a funner time on vacation because you could communicate, ...?)

    Feel free to vote in this poll. To vote just click on your choice, then click "vote". Note that only one answer per user is possible for this poll. As always, any comments below are welcome!

  • So many things to love. Starting with your list:

    The minimalist design - oh my goodness yes. I'm so tired of gaudy, overdone designs in every app that's trying to sustain me through my supposedly limited attention span. I appreciate the clean and calm.

    Milestones and progress at bottom; separate stats page - yes, both of these. I appreciate the understated but immediate feedback on where I'm at, and being able to get a more thorough look at how far I've progressed through the content, how that relates to reading text.

    The fact that it teaches words by frequency - Absolutely appreciated. Especially appreciate how you have them set up so that it's not thematic from the start, like most programs' beginnings.

    The example sentences - While I don't necessarily love the business focus that I hit early in Spanish, I can appreciate that they are frequent words and thus included. Otherwise, I've been impressed with selection of sentences, with some using more complex grammar than I can yet decipher, but it gives me that first exposure. Related, I also love the reinforcement of vocabulary throughout your example sentences. For example, I first learned "señale" as a new word in a sentence. Maybe 5 minutes later, I learned another new word but "señale" was part of the sentence. Reinforcement without testing that word again! I've seen this over and over again, and it's a strategy that has really been missing from many other programs I've tried.

    The voices that read the sentences - I don't know about sexy, but the voices are truly great. They are clear, distinct, faster paced without being incomprehensible, and consistent throughout. Voice recordings vary in quality/volume/clarity in other programs, so I appreciate the selections (for French and Spanish, at least).

    (haven't seen the forums until today; grammar is definitely helpful on a few words, but hasn't been one of my key strategies since this is based on contextual learning. I get more grammar through my supplemental learning, and don't crave it here--contextual learning and simplicity is perfect for this!)

    And some other things:

    Some offline - I highly appreciate that I've been able to use the app for a while even though I'm offline, not connected. It meant I could continue to train in one of my languages while on a flight recently, and that in general I don't have to worry about maintaining steady connection (hello Metro). Don't know how far I can continue offline, and haven't been able to switch languages while offline, but it's still better than any other apps I've tried. (Of course, would love to have the option to have everything work offline...)

    Simplicity of offerings - You do a few things, and you do them really well. As much as I really want other offerings (videos with subtitles! long passages! audio to follow those passages! Live conversation! Role playing! Compose your own text!), there is immense value in what you already offer, and I'd hate to see you suffer by stretching too thin. The contextual, production-based, smart SRS training that allows you to test into a higher level and is useful to intermediate learners is not something I've found elsewhere, and really needed. (haven't tried your conversations much, seem to be less enthused with those from my limited exposure, but I'm still happy with the primary service!)

    Backed by research - Everything I've been reading up on emphasizes contextual learning of words, reducing the use of translation as much as possible, SRS, etc. This fits in with this. There are some things missing, but I don't think you'd be able to scale them to this app (recall images--Memrise tries to do this but it doesn't really work; pronunciation trainers--haven't seen anything effective for this yet). But what you can do? You've developed into this.

    Gentle gamification - There is gamification, but it's not extra. There's goals to meet, but there's no made-up story line, no incentive for cheating, no daily notification or guilt-trip to get me to come back in if I need to take some time off, nothing superfluous. This ties back into the minimalism mentioned above, but it goes beyond design to include the experience. It's simple, enticing for those of us that are intrinsically motivated, and I love it.

    "Immersion" via text - Tying back into the comments on contextual learning, I love that I'm not translating full sentences--I'm reading full sentences with one word missing, and only that word is a translation. It would be hard to do this without that one word of translation, so I can't begrudge that, but otherwise reading everything in my target language? Talk about a confidence builder! And for those sentences I just can't figure out, there is the optional translation--I pull that down, review the sentence to decipher what I was missing, and then the next time I see the sentence I usually don't need the translation again.

    Not just for beginners - I'm a beginner in Spanish, but have a fair amount of imperfect French under my belt. I'm missing some basic words and a lot of grammar, but also have an odd collection of advanced terminology. So, testing in to a higher level to skip all the basic stuff I definitely know? Invaluable. This app has really helped me start to pull that all together in a way that verb drills can't, because I"m not training on a particular verb tense at one time (and thus committing the structure to short-term memory), I'm training on all of them as used in the language (and thus getting used to thinking of those verb tenses in different contexts). There's a lot of beginner friendly apps, and not a lot of intermediate/advanced, so this definitely meets an important need.

    So... kind of a lot. Sorry not sorry for the book, but since I know there's real people on the other side of this technology, I decided it was worth laying this all out. I appreciate the work you do, that you've created this app that is essentially what I had spent a couple years looking for. Thank you!

  • Lingvist has been such a pleasant, encouraging discovery. I learned basic German from the Goethe Institut Manila, as well as a basic German university course in my uni. I also learned from a basic French university course last year.

    Although I would prefer attending classes because I think I learn best in that setting (and it addresses the listening, reading, and writing needs for language learning), Lingvist's easy-to-digest (and easy-to-do) 100-card feature breaks the language down for me into chunks. It also builds a habit.

    At the same time, I can access it on both my mobile and on my browser. Although it doesn't have comprehensive grammar lessons, it has made me recall what I've learned from years ago.

  • You guys at Lingvist have the greatest interface! I love the huge variety of words. Some (tuyaux/pipes) may not seem immediately useful, but every time I find myself thinking I've learned a word I'll never use I come across it in something I'm reading. Excellent work! Please never change (at least not too much) 🙂

  • yeh.this app is really good. I am a Chinese student,even the app's class is a little bit easy for me, is still a convenient app to learn language which you want. I will recommend Lingvist to more friends.
    thanks a lot.(`▽´)

  • I like Lingvist better than any other app of the kind I've tried so far. I like providing words in the context of sentences. Repeating same words in different sentences (actively "under learning" vs "aside in the sentence") is good.
    What I do miss is a way to change learning settings, e.g. to "stress more on repeating already 'learned' words and less on new ones" or vice versa.

  • I keep coming back to LIngvist because I feel that I make more progress than with Duolingo, which often baffles me. I like the sentences, the clear pronunciation, and the usefulness of the sentences. I find some of the bells and whistles of the game-approaches distracting and irrelevant; LIngvist offers more clarity and simplicity. Finally, I like the grammar explanations and verb conjugations, which you can use or not, depending on your own needs.

  • Lingvist graduate

    This is my favorite app for learning vocabulary. Thanks so much for developing it, and I hope you have great success with it!

  • Lingvist graduate

    I love Lingvist! I think it is an excellent complement to other learning systems as it is really focused on expanding vocabulary, which is exactly what I was looking for when I found it. 🙂

  • Love your app. It's very well built and quite useful at supercharging the languages I am learning. Keep up the excellent work.

  • @Pierre-Warnier there is a way to suggest a new language in the corresponding topic. Though, I haven't seen Dutch to be mentioned anywhere in publicly available road maps, so I wouldn't hold my breath for it.

  • Hi! Great website and way to use modern technologies to teach languages! I would really like the ability to suggest new languages that you haven't thought of though. I'm moving to Belgium and would love to learn Dutch this way instead of the traditional route.

  • I only discovered Lingvist yesterday, and I am going to thoroughly recommend it to teacher colleagues and older students. I have written a blogpost here, enthusing about the ease of use, relevant langauge for the real world, accuracy, individualised approach, and sound pedagogy, Well done to the Lingvist Team and your clever founder, Mait Müntel! Here's a link to my eulogy! [Apologies for the long link.. I forgot to write a title before publishing it]

  • After one long year of hard work with no success of learning Spanish at my university I joined Lingvist and immediately improved my grades while attending less classes than ever before. You are the best. Keep up the good work!

  • There is something I really appreciate about a service: the way it cares about the design; Lingvist certainly meets the criteria.

    I have just started using this service, but it looks really good. I wish there was a feature which is really crucial and would be very distinguishing from the other services:

    Short movie clips with subtitles in the target language; thus one can learn far better because when we associate a word with something, the memory of such word becomes more enduring; one is able to understand the pronunciation better and also very importantly, it's good for entertainment.

    For example, we can learn English by a 30-second movie clip with English subtitles of a Star Wars movie.

    You guys would certainly stand out!

  • what i like most is that the "sentence" (= A grammatical unit that is syntactically independent and has a subject that is expressed or, as in imperative sentences, understood and a predicate that contains at least one finite verb.) you give are in my mind already. they are already part of my discussions. So i have incentive.

  • I have completed the learing of 5051 words (English) by Linvist. Can I continue to learn from the begining? The Lingvist system forbid me to do that.

  • It. Is. Very. Good

  • I don't seem to make much progress. It seems to be all about memorising sentences with no context. I wish it was possible to go back to the beginning so I could revise some of the words without having more added all the time. I'm getting totally frustrated. It's also quite boring - the same thing over and over again.

  • @teresa1990w is there anything specific you don't like about Lingvist or it's totally emotional for you?

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