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Currently learning: Russian, Estonian

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I'm the Content Director here at Lingvist! Have a topic you'd like to see us write about here on the Forum or the Blog? Let me know! Want to write something for us? I'm the person to talk to!

I'm a lifelong language learner working on my 10th language (Estonian), while also brushing up on my Russian with Lingvist!

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posted in News | Updates | Love read more

Hi, all!
Wanted to let you know that if you’ve been thinking about getting a subscription to Lingvist Unlimited, now is a good time. Until May 31, 2018 you can get a free gift card for an additional 3 months with the one-year plan.

If you have a friend who wants to learn, it’s transferable, too!

Happy Learning!

posted in Technical troubles read more

@dev_temp Actually, this was announced on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram several times over the last weeks. Perhaps you should also follow us there so you don't miss any more news!
https://www.facebook.com/TheLingvist/
https://twitter.com/lingvist
instagram.com/thelingvist/

As a Japanese speaker and former journalist who was writing in Japanese, I will assure you that the digital standard for writing in Japanese is LTR. It's rarely used in software and webapp products because it has the likelihood to break things if they're not native Japanese-language software that uses a IME (such as ATOK or similar β€” same goes for Chinese).

posted in The German Studio / Das Deutsch Studio read more

Hi all! I'm excited to make my first post in the German Studio! 😊

What some of you may not know is that I'm based in Germany, and German is one of my acquired languages.

What really makes my heart swell with love for the German language β€” or any language for that matter β€” are regional details, the beautiful variety of ways that it can vary. Even the humble "Guten Tag!" comes in an array of forms depending on your region or even city! When I first came to Germany, I was commuting between Hamburg and Berlin and the differences started with "Moin!" vs "Juten!".

Here's a charming graphic came across from derweg.org that illustrates this nicely!

posted in Reading Room read more

@dev_temp I agree... use with caution, but it's also an interesting exercise for learning how a native speaker would express keywords, or focus on certain ways of expressing too. I think the important thing is to read critically and make sure to separate the writer's bias about the topic from the writer's style in the language.

I think this works best for general topics, like @danny 's with bread, since it's a broad subject with lots of general knowledge used.

posted in News & Updates read more

@Perceval We're getting there. The update should slightly more than double the course size, and there are planned updates in the near future.

posted in News & Updates read more

Great news if you're already learning or interested in learning German with our recently released course. The German from English course is about to get bigger!

This means twice the words and twice the practice for you to use to in your small habits and milestones!

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The new additions to the German course will be released in the coming weeks, so watch this space for an update once they're on your Lingvist app.

Haven't tried our German from English course yet? Get started today and let us know how you progress!

posted in News & Updates read more

We've updated our new language pairs list! Some languages are now fully available, including English from Chinese! See the main post for links to the courses!

posted in The Rec Deck read more

So it's International Women's Day, and people the world over are celebrating, reflecting on, and raising awareness about the situation of women in our society.

Much of the discussion is about the chances for women to get education, training, and professional opportunities which exist, or more importantly still don't have.

Though true for anyone, language education and multilingualism is key for women β€” not only to move ahead in educational and working lives, but to also have the independence and power to pursue their goals in our global society.

I came across this great conversation by three female language power-learners, talking about being women polyglots and how language learning affects the quality of life for women.

It's a great listen if you're interested in women's issues, language learning, or even just want something long to listen to to practice your listening skills in English.

What did you think of the discussion? Add your opinion! We'd love to hear it!

posted in The Cabinet of Language Curiosities read more

@Vanege
It's a good point that you make when saying that the population of speakers and the amount of time it's in active use are what give it its depth, which speaks to the evolutional nature of language. This is something that I don't often come across in arguments in favour of Esperanto, and it's a point well worth making since I get the impression that people forget the point that it's a rather "young" language and tend to focus on its "artificial" nature.