Frequently asked questions

Who is Lexo intended for?

Lexo is intended for intermediate learners of a given language. For beginners (in the world of language learning), there are simple apps and games to help you get started. For advanced learners, there is always radio, movies, and articles in the target language. Lexo is designed for learners who find themselves stuck somewhere in between the two. Our natural audio recordings fill the "intermediate content gap," which you can learn more about here.

How does Lexo work?

Lexo works by helping you gain exposure to the language you are learning. Through our natural recordings, and regular listening practice, you can spend time with the language and start to grow comfortable with it.

Is it really free?

Yep, Lexo is free! Our goal is to help as many people as possible around the globe improve their language abilities, and to do this, we feel that offering free accounts is the way to go. You can support Lexo by offering a donation or contributing recordings in your native language.

From time to time, we may offer you special deals and discounts on related products like one-on-one language coaching from a live coach, or a guided course in your language of interest. This is something you can opt out of at any time.

How is Lexo different than other language learning resources?

Unlike most other language learning sites, Lexo is based on the concept of "natural content" and using it to fully power your learning experience. Consistent exposure to natural content is how we all learned our native language, and how we can learn others!

What is the best way to use Lexo?

There are many great ways to use Lexo! When learning a langauge, you want to make that language a part of your everyday life. This can mean attending local meetups to practice in person, studying some grammar rules and vocabulary lists (from time to time), and at the heart of it all, gaining consistent exposure to your target language.

The only limitation is your own creativity, but here are some specific ideas:
  • Work through a new recording first thing in the morning (turn on caption pausing)
  • Review a recording you studied yesterday (turn off caption pausing, turn on lesson looping)
  • Read the caption aloud after the native speaker (turn on caption pausing)
  • Try a new recording and attempt to "knock out" all the blue words that appear
  • Cue up a recording on your smart phone, set "lesson looping" to on, and listen in your car!
  • Review your flash cards
  • Organize your flashcards into custom word lists (i.e. infinitive verbs, adjectives, handy phrases)
  • Challenge yourself to work through at least one new recording each day
  • Challenge a friend to a thirty day listening challenge
  • There are a million ways!

Where does Lexo content come from?

Our content comes from a variety of sources and we're developing and looking for more. One of the greatest things about Lexo is that there is no limit to the type or recorded content which we can support. We are here to save you from having to scour the depths of the internet to find great content. If it's interesting, informative, entertaining, or fun, it belongs in the Lexo library!

Can I contribute content to Lexo?

Absolutely! If you want to contribute content, you can submit your own transcribed recordings, or if you know of a podcast, collection of interviews, speeches, news source, or another form of content which you have the authority to contribute, we would welcome your submission. Lexo is not only about learning languages, it's about sharing, preserving, and enjoying them.

Can I use Lexo at my school/business?

Yes. Lexo has been built for sharing and collaborating with educators and businesses in mind. Our product was designed from the ground up to be compatible with a variety of devices, screen sizes, and learning environments to meet the needs of your organization. Whether it's in the computer lab, or on a plane to Berlin, Lexo can help you meet the learning goals of your team.

We even offer custom content sponsorships if you are interested in having us develop custom content related to your organization (i.e. training materials, industry specific recordings). Just give us a shout!

Who is behind the Lexo project?

Brian FitzGerald, a language lover and software engineer based in North Carolina, USA is the creator of the Lexo project. He, along with contributions from many others, has built Lexo into what it is today. Feel free to say hello on Twitter or via email at brian@lexo.app.

Does Lexo have a mobile app?

Not exactly. While we don't have a native iOS or Android app, Lexo has been built from the ground up as a "responsive" web application, which means it is designed to work on all your devices. The best experience of all is likely to be found with the Chrome web browser on your desktop/laptop and on your mobile device.