Lingogo (the app)
What is Lingogo and how do I get it?
Lingogo works like a digital library. It’s packed with our uniquely interactive stories, created specifically to get you fluent. The app itself is free to download on the Apple app store and Google play store. Open it up and you'll see a 7 day free trial on any subscription so you can have a wee nosey before spending any moolah. To unlock more stories, keep your subscription running or purchase ‘em one by one through your app store account. Lingogo works on all iPhones, iPads, android phones and tablets.
Can I use Lingogo on a computer?
Not just yet but we're working on it. Keep an eye on this page and our social media for announcements.
What level do I need to be to enjoy Lingogo?
Lingogo will boost your comprehension no matter what level you are. Just work at your own pace. Beginners should take it slow, get to know the story in English well by using the pop up translations multiple times. Advanced learners might breeze through on first read and go straight to the experts listening section. Our stories are divided into beginner, intermediate and advanced levels as general guidelines based on their length and complexity, but because you can always find the English, anyone can really read anything!
Where can I find a catalogue of your stories?
Just click right here e hoa.
So, will your books realllly get my all the way to being fluent?
Yes. Studies show that reading and listening for pleasure is THE BEST way to acquire a new language. So if you keep reading and listening, Lingogo is your best bet for going all the way. Of course, adding in some other forms of comprehensible input (videos, songs, etc.) and working with a teacher can only help too!
How do your interactive stories work?
Lingogo stories are a new take on the old physical dual-language book. Stories are initially presented in your target language. However, you can simply tap any sentence and its English (human-made) translation will pop up. From this pop up you can tap to listen to the sentence being read aloud by a native speaker, to find out more information in translation notes, and to look any single word up through an online dictionary.
We advise readers to rely heavily on the English to start and to gradually wean off as they read their book multiple times. When you're feeling confident you can try our 'Extras for Experts' area where you can listen to the full story in your target language either on-the-go or while following along with our special scrolling text. When you finish your story we'll reward you with a beautiful free 'screenie' - a screensaver for your phone with our favourite sentence from the story you've just read.
How long are Lingogo stories?
They range from about 50 words in our beginner range to around 4,500 words in our more advanced stories. They're not supposed to be super long reads, they're short and sweet to keep it fresh.
When is the next story out?
We'll let you know as soon as we can. The more you tell your mates to buy our books the faster we can produce em!
Can I get Lingogo in my school library?
You sure can. All the info is here.
Will my school subscription auto-renew?
No, we'll contact you before your subscription expires to see whether you'd like to sign on for another year.
How do I get help with my school subscription?
Email us, we'd love to help out: email@example.com
Languages & availability
Do the books come in any language other than Spanish and Māori?
Not at the moment but French and German are on the way and we're lining more languages up as fast as we can. Let us know which language you want to see first by emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
What process do you use for your translations?
Our translations don't match word for word because (even though it would be easier to study) that's not how people speak in your target language. We work hard with native-speaking professionals to create translations that will give you the greatest understanding of our stories and the way your target language compares to English. Our instructions are pretty much: translate this story using the words you would use to tell it to your native speaking mates. When something is super interesting or subjective we've included translation notes to explain. Just in case you get lost we've also gone ahead and included links to online dictionaries so you can find literal translations too. Comparing the two is always an interesting exercise!
OK, how do I purchase your stories?
The best way is to subscribe through your Apple app store or Google Play store account. Just download the app free, and navigate to the 'shop'. You'll see you can also purchase individual issues this way. You can also purchase school subscriptions at hectically good group discount rates here.
A story I bought has disappeared!
Sorry. That's super annoying. From the main shop screen hit the cog image and then the 'missing issues' button and a refresh should bring it back. If that doesn't work email us on email@example.com and we'll sort you out straight away.
All my stories are starting to take up too much room on my device, what can I do?
For iOS devices tap the cog in the top right hand corner of your app and choose 'remove issues'. Don't worry, this just means you're removing them from your phone. They will disappear from 'My Downloads' but remain under 'My Purchases' so you can don't need to pay to get them back again. For android devices the 'Remove issues' button in your 'Shop' works the same way.
What do I do if I’m having technical troubles with Lingogo?
Contact us right away on firstname.lastname@example.org or through social media and we’ll help you out.
Feedback & contact
Can I give you some feedback?
Yes please! All comments good or bad are welcome. Send it through on email@example.com. We'd also LOVE for you to rate and review the app through the app stores.
Affiliates & partnerships
Do you have an affiliate marketing programme?
Yep. If your business deals with language learners who might be into Lingogo get in touch. Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org for all the details.
Do you work with charities or not-for-profits?
We want to! If you know a charity involved with endangered languages who might be interested in collaborating please get in touch by emailing us on email@example.com.