Exclusive LingQ Vs Mondly Review: 5 Reasons To Use Both

Today we’re looking at LingQ vs Mondly and 5 reasons to use both. The market is very different from 10 years ago when a host of language learning apps offered little or no benefit. In this exclusive review, we pick no clear winner or loser; instead, we provide reasons you might opt for one rather than the other.

This article covers available languages, an overview of both companies, the pros, and cons of both apps, pricing, and an author’s conclusion.


LingQ Vs Mondly: Available Languages



Available In Beta:

Chinese (traditional)BulgarianCroatian 


SpanishAmericanAmerican EnglishBritish EnglishFrenchGerman


About LingQ

LingQ is essentially a reading platform but also heavily relies on spaced repetition flashcards or LingQ’s. You can import newspaper articles from your target language and later return to new words you don’t know.

Probably LingQ’s most significant selling point is its Youtube and Netflix function. Their technology allows you to download any subtitled content and build lessons around it.

LingQ Vs Mondly


About Mondly

Mondly does the basic things very well. It has a conversation-based curriculum along with speech recognition, gamification, and chatbot technology. Those of you who use Duolingo will recognize many of the features in Mondly.

Perhaps the most surprising thing about Mondly is its birthplace– Romania. Many people do not automatically associate the former Eastern European country with tech startups, but then the region has prospered since the fall of Communism. For more information on the tech boom in Romania, check out this article from TechCrunch: 8 investors tell us the story behind the Romanian startup boom.

As you can see from this list, Mondly has won high praise from many corners.

LingQ vs Mondly


LingQ’s Pricing Plan

LingQ Vs Mondly


Mondly’s Pricing Plan

LingQ Vs Mondly

Note: 388baht is equivalent to $10.


LingQ Vs Anki: Pros And Cons


The community voted for top translation, as opposed to Google translateBugs with some flashcards. The target language is sometimes presented before you have a chance to guess it.
A clear indication of progress with the ‘known word counter’Messy User Interface (even worse on the mobile app)
SRS flashcard to aid vocabulary retention. Click on words you don’t know and be presented with them laterPricing compared to similar apps
You can upload Youtube and Netflix videos that have subtitles and the text will be presented to you in a lessonA free version is almost unusable(You get a max of 20 LingQ’s
If you’re willing to pay extra, they have a dedicated tutoring service for their many languagesApps like DuoLingo and Ling are better for beginners
A community tab where you can find a language exchange 
Wide choice of languages 
In theory, there is no ceiling to progress. You can keep uploading more material until you’re beyond advanced 
Gamification for motivation 


Language selection+ you can learn from any language eg. Spanish interface to learn ItalianThe free version is limited
Vocabulary in contextReported issues with the accuracy of materials
Playback in speech recognitionContent is not as high quality as market leaders like Duolingo
Short, focused lessons 
Travel themed User Interface 
Daily, unique lessons 


LingQ Vs Mondly: Conclusion

The choice for language learners ultimately boils down to what they are looking for in a language learning app.
The gamification elements of Mondly are excellent, and the user interface is far superior to LingQ’s. Unfortunately, LingQ’s U.I looks like it hasn’t been modified in the last 10 years.

We are all aesthetic creatures, as much as we like to tell ourselves that how something looks is not as important as what it does. The truth is, you are far more likely to go on a streak on Mondly because of its presentation and the incentives built into it. For further evidence of this phenomenon, look no further than DuoLingo(a very similar platform), which has 500million registered users!

If you are a highly disciplined learner, then LingQ is better for you. Through their reading texts, and the texts you create, you can learn languages in a much more natural way, and the natural way is always superior to the formulaic.
Of course, we all also have to take into account your starting level. The structured, formulaic approach is far more helpful for beginner learners. It is possible to build a foundation in LingQ, but it is challenging, especially for non-Latin script languages.

Both apps are excellent because you can learn multiple languages at once. Still, perhaps Mondly is superior in this regard because it has more interface languages you can use as a launching point.

Ultimate Decision:

Mondly for those who need a more structured, reward-heavy app.

LingQ for intermediate to advanced learners who have experience with other apps


Language learning With Ling

Nobody should pretend that learning a new language is an easy process. On the contrary, departing from your native language can feel like a journey to some strange, mysterious place. 

There are language courses and other language apps out there that make it seem as straightforward as the click of a button.

When you teach languages, you realize that understanding a foreign language takes time and effort and must be attacked from multiple angles. Ling is another powerful weapon in your arsenal. It has structured, bite-size lessons leading you all the way from a beginner to advanced. There is a leaderboard, so you feel in competition with other users. If you’re learning Thai, we have recently launched Ling Live, a language learning community and a place you can take online classes with Thai teachers.

The debate rumbles over what is the best language learning software. So get over to Ling, try our language app, and become involved in the conversation.

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