Four-step guide to registration

  1. Using LEO with or without a personal account

    Using certain parts of our website requires a personal account.

    • Dictionaries: To use the dictionaries you do not need a login.
    • Forums: All threads in the forums are open for viewing, to actively participate in the discussions, an account is required.
    • Vocabulary trainer: LEO offers a small selection of trial wordlists and exercises for non-registered users. To make full use of everything the vocabulary trainer has to offer (cf. the figures on the left), an account is required.
    • Courses: Purchasing and using our language courses requires an account. Trial versions are available free of charge and open to non-registered users.
    Details of how to register can be found on the following pages. Registration is free of charge, as is the use of all of our products.

  2. Components of an account

    Login / registration 

    You need to go through a registration process to set up a personal account with LEO. An account requires the following data:

    • Login/user name: This is the name by which we can identify you when you want to log in.
    • Password: This is a secret combination of letters and/or numbers which together with your login allows you access to your private area.
    • Nick/alias: This is your pseudonym which appears under your contributions in the forums. Nicks are unique and allow full anonymity while still giving you a recognisable ‘face’.

    To log in with an existing account, enter your user name and password in the login menu which you will find under the ­­ icon at the top right of the screen.

    If you are not yet registered with LEO, follow the registration link in the login menu which opens if you click the ­­ icon at the top right of the screen.

  3. Registration


    The first part or the registration form concerns your login details – please double-check your data (especially your email address) in order to avoid problems with your login.

    • User name (login): Your user name and password enable you to sign into LEO and participate in the forums and use the vocabulary trainer.Find out more 
      Please choose a username (login):
      • For security reasons, your username is not visible to others.
      • Your username needs to be between 5 and 32 characters long and may contain letters (excluding umlauts), numbers (0-9) and hyphens.
      • Usernames are unique. If someone else has already registered with your username, LEO will offer you a list of alternatives to choose from.
    • Password: LEO places no restrictions on your choice of password but in your own interest please be careful to use a secure password.
    • Email address: After registration we will send you an email requesting you to click a link to confirm your email address and registration. You need to click this link to activate your account.
    The second part of the registration form concerns your nick and PM settings:
    • Nick (Alias): Your nick is something like your signature in the forums (the name that will appear at the end of your posts). For security reasons, we recommend you choose a nick that differs from your real name and user name.Find out more 
      Please choose a nick (alias):
      • You do not need your nick to log in to your LEO account.
      • Your nick is how others will identify you in your forum posts.
      • Your nick needs to be between 3 and 32 characters long and may contain letters (including umlauts), numbers and hyphens.
      • Nicks are unique. If someone else has already registered with your nick, LEO will offer you a list of alternatives to choose from.
    • Private messages: Send and receive private messages from other LEO users.Find out more 
      Get in touch with other users  ­
      Tick the box to exchange messages with other LEO users via LEO's private message system (no email address required).

  4. How to sign in and change your personal data


    1. Click the ­icon to sign in. This requires your user name and password. Your nick or email address will not work as an alternative to your user name.
    2. If you do not want to have to type in your data again next time you sign in, tick the box next to ‘Save data for auto login’.
    3. Click "Lost password" if you forgot your login and/or your password and LEO will send your login data to the e-mail address specified in your profile.

    As soon as you are signed in, the icon changes its colour from grey to dark blue. You may now actively participate in forum discussions, save words in the trainer, try out language courses or exchange private messages with other LEO users.

    My LEO menu with new PM notification 
    Once you are signed in you have access to your My LEO menu where you can change/add personal information and set other preferences.

    • Check or edit your profile and settings (e.g. email address, language skills, alerts and reminders). If you wish to change your user name (login) or nick, please send us an ­Email to the LEO Team. ­
    • Change your password (this will leave all other settings intact).
    • Click Logout to end your current session on LEO and saves your data for next time you want to sign in.
    • Depending on your settings, the menu will also notify you of new posts in the forum or new private messages as well as prompt you to learn vocabulary.

    If you would like to close your account, please send us an e-mail requesting deletion. Please indicate the e-mail address from which you registered and our login or nick for verification. ­