Lingvist promises to teach you English or French in 200 hours

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 1, 2015
Updated • Jun 1, 2015
Google Android

I like to learn new languages and whenever a new application or service is released, I'm excited to give it a try to find out how useful it is.

Lingvist promises to teach you French or English in only 200 hours using nothing but the apps the service provides for Android and iOS. According to the makers, 200 hours should be sufficient to reach B2 level proficiency in the language which should be enough to "understand texts, have casual conversations and watch movies".

It uses a different approach than the majority of learning applications.It puts its focus on the statistical importance of words to improve how you learn a language.

When you first start you are asked to pick the language you want to learn. Please note that you need to speak French or Russian if you want to learn English, or English if you want to learn French. The company promises to integrate support for additional languages with updates.

Once you have made the selection you need to register an account by providing your email address and a password.

There is no verification involved and you are thrown right into the first lesson afterwards. The first memorizing lesson should feel weird in the beginning as you are asked to enter the French (or English) translation of a word shown to you.

Since you don't speak the desired language yet, you may feel lost at first. What you need to do is swipe to the right so that the word is displayed to you and pronounced at the same time.

Words that you did not get right the first time may be repeated during the memorization session. Since you are likely going to swipe a lot in the beginning to display word translations, you will get words repeated frequently during sessions.

The program offers two additional modes besides memorization.

  • Read provides access to different text types such as dialogues, jokes, articles or literature. It is basically a selection of texts that you can read to find out how well you understand the language already. The app highlights the percentage of words that you know for each text on the front which helps with the selection process.
  • Listen on the other hand offers audio conversations that you can listen to. The percentage of known words is displayed by the module as well.

A dashboard is provided that highlights your progress. The same menu lists the words you have learned so far including the times it appeared in the memorization module.

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Last but not least, there is also a section with grammar tips.

Lingvist concentrates on words, spellings and pronunciations. The app itself is easy to use and the concept seems to work well from what I can tell as you make progress quickly using it.

While there is a grammar tips section, it is presented as a long list of information. This means that you may have to look elsewhere for detailed grammar instructions as the app does not seem to provide those at the time of writing.

You do learn basics during memorization though, for instance when to use le and la and les in French.

The service is free while it is in beta. No information have been provided yet on pricing after the beta.

Closing Words

Lingvist is an interesting application that works well if you want to learn words quickly to improve your vocabulary.While you may be able to learn enough words in 200 hours to reach B2 level, you may need to use additional resources to get a better understanding of the language's grammar.

The app lacks options to set your current proficiency level which means that you have to go through the beginner lessons even if you have a solid foundation already.

Interested language learners find application download links on the official website.

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Lingvist is an application for Android and iOS that promises to teach you French or English in 200 hours.

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  1. Gurmeet said on June 18, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Its all depend on person that how much quick is he

  2. A41202813GMAIL said on June 5, 2015 at 5:52 am

    How About DUOLINGO ? – Also Free.

    It Is Not Restricted To Mobile Devices, And The Number Of Choices In Languages Is Comparatively Huge.


  3. gh said on June 2, 2015 at 7:48 am

    I’ve noticed that various ghacks “articles” seem to employ ‘content templates’.
    This one contains a “closing words” portion, vs others which end with “Now You: What say ye?”

    Maybe these “blip” postings (Martin tried a new app today, installed a new program today) should be closed to comments?
    If, a month from now, a follow-on proper “article” (detailed review) emerges… leave that page open for comments.

    A pattern is evident — comments to the blip posts are largely unqualified, and often contain FUD.

  4. U-L-T-R-A said on June 2, 2015 at 4:44 am

    Guess you might come to the point to talk to people – but trying to understand and “process” The answer is on a different page.

  5. Rick said on June 1, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Yes Martin .. they promise to ‘TEACH’ you in 200 hours; doesn’t say that you will ‘LEARN’. Memorizing words (vocabulary comparisons they use for government level equivalents) will leave you talking like an ape, pointing and grunting at something, mumbling out some horribly mispronounced word.

    Skip the 200 hours and take a vacation, staying with a small family run b&b in the country-side and you have spent those hours in something worthwhile.

  6. Nerdebeu said on June 1, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Next step, Martin’s articles will be written in French :D

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