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NOTE: Readlang is run by just one person, me, Steve. Even entire software development teams can't implement all the great ideas that they come up with, and this is doubly true in my case since I'm just a single person. So although I read all the ideas posted here, I can't possibly implement most of them. The feedback definitely helps inform my product decisions though, so please keep posting!

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  1. Drag to highlight multi-word definitions

    Else keep separate as default click behavior in the reader view. Some adjacent words are still multiple concepts!

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  2. To use saved words more functional

    Hello, First of all thank you for this amazing platform.
    My proposal will be about saved words.
    I read 3 texts per day at least. I noticed that sometimes I save same words in my words list in the text which I am reading. If there is a way to see the words in my saved word list on the text which is being read then this will be amazing.

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  3. Make answers really hidden (no cheating)

    Answers are easily made visible by text-selecting the context.
    There should be real hiding, so no cheat is possible

    https://i.postimg.cc/XNKcN3nF/screenshot-686.png

    I can imagine that users find it easy to be able to cheat every now and then, though...

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  4. Add option to disable highlighting of current word spoken in youtube video

    In Text section of settings, or in Youtube section, add a toggle switch to enable/disable highlighting of whe current word spoken (synced). For longer videos, especially when speaking is fast, it is tedious to sync it manually, so when one just wants to read the text and listen to audio word highlighting pops around fast (especially in video and text are not synced) which makes reading difficult. In that case, text won't auto-scroll of course, user will need to scroll as video goes (if needed, for example if watching on mobile device).

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  5. Expand Explain function to more languaged (and let me switch between languages)

    The Explain function often provides much better translations than the initial translation you get. But it isn't available in many languages.

    I'd love to be able to be able to use it with Swedish and Finnish and be able to switch between the languages used for explaining.

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  6. Upgrade Readability.js

    Please upgrade the version of Readability.js in chrome extension.

    I constantly run into a bug on some sites, namely "washingtonpost.com", which has been fixed in https://github.com/mozilla/readability/commit/2333080231e62b5d1212058bf20ed8e1a7c62040

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  7. Add compatibility for Chinese full stops

    When saving words in Chinese, too much context is saved along with it. It seems as if only western stops (.) are used to separate sentences, while Chinese stops (。) aren't recognized. It would be great if Chinese full stops were recognized so that sentences are automatically parsed.

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    Chinese full stops are now supported, so contexts will be limited to the current sentence.


    (This is already live on readlang.com, and will be available in the Chrome extension as soon as Google approve the release, which normally happens within 24 hours, but could take longer)

  8. Get rid of the "session complete!" message after every set of review cards, it's 2 seconds people don't want to wait to get to the next set

    The cheery new "session complete!" message is unfortunately pretty aggravating. I'm in a flow and where I'd before just hit enter again to get into another set of cards now I have to wait 2 full seconds looking at "session complete!" before I can continue. The screen saying how many words I've reviewed is reinforcement enough. The "session complete!" message just makes me want to stop.

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    Thanks for the feedback!


    The main reason I added this was so that there was some instant feedback upon reaching the end of the session, at which point there used to be a pause of a second or so where it felt like maybe Readlang hadn't registered your last button press (at least on my account which has an unusually large amount of words). So to make it feel more responsive I added the "Session Complete" step while the words and graph were loading. To avoid the "Session Complete" step feeling too brief, I made it wait at least 2s regardless of how long the server request took, which I agree wasn't ideal.


    I've now updated the behavior so that "Session Complete" will remain at the top of the page, and the other content including the graph and the words learned today will appear below it as soon as the…

  9. Chapter containing only numbers

    Currently you cannot have chapter titles consisting only of numbers.

    For example, this markup will result in only Part I and Part II chapters being rendered.

    # Part I
    
    ## 1
    Text text text text text text text text text text
    ## 2
    Text text text text text text text text text text
    
    # Part II
    
    ## 3
    Text text text text text text text text text text
    ## 4
    Text text text text text text text text text text
    

    I've recently started to read Albert Camus — The stranger, which uses exactly that chapter structure, so I had…

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    Thanks for the feedback! I'm currently reading a book with this exact problem so it had been on my mind but you've given me the impetus to actually fix it, which I've just done. The fix will only apply to new texts or texts which you edit and re-save.

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    I've just made a followup change which changes the button into a toggle between "Show Dictionary" and "Hide Dictionary" and the setting persists within the same browser session, so that once you've clicked "Show Dictionary" once you won't need to keep clicking it for each new card you open. This isn't exactly what you asked for but I hope you'll find it a reasonable compromise.


    (I added this feature because the external dictionaries add a lot of clutter and can feel like they are getting in the way, particularly when you want to scroll the main page but end up scrolling within the external dictionary instead. Also, they sometimes hijack the keyboard input focus which is annoying when you are trying to edit the translation for example)

  11. Salute Jonathan

    Hi. I don't know if you know, but the second story in the Catalan Public Texts, Salute Jonathan, is actually in Interlingua, not in Catalan.

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  12. Allow the text to be copied and pasted.

    Oftentimes the translation is incorrect and I would like to copy and paste the text into chat GPT to get the correct translation.
    Having to type out the whole sentence including the ö å ä letters is painfully slow and very demotivating because it stops the flow of the story.

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  13. Remove saved words when I declick the translation

    I sometimes will click a word to see the exact translation and then click it again to turn it off. Sometimes i'll click around a phrase until i get exactly what i want to translate because maybe the first word or two words by themselves don't convey the entire meaning. But then I go to flashcards and I have many variants of that phrase saved or words i accidentally clicked saved. I can't use the flashcard feature without going through garbage and deleting hundreds of words for one article sometimes so I am no longer going to use readlang and…

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  14. phrases

    For subscribers....let us separate phrases. (in french) If ever i click on a noun phrase that i want to save as a flash card... I can't click on the following words otherwise it attaches itself to the previous phrase.

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  15. Fix bug where the context sentence doesn't include text from the previous page.

    When using the reader in Readlang, if I click on a word in a sentence that spans two pages, the captured context sentence does not include words from the previous page. I end up having to delete these cards because an incomplete context sentence is not useful.

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  16. Classroom applications

    I really like your product. In fact, I've been wishing I had features designed specifically for use in a classroom setting. It is something I would be willing to pay a nominal annual fee for as well.

    1. Organize readings/songs into classes, such as a library associated with a particular class.
    2. A secure space to share materials to one audience without sharing to the world.
    3. Access to student progress on specific readings and vocab words.
    4. Student portal to individually find what is assigned or available to the student from the teacher.
    5. Ability to assign definitions to specific words to help guide…
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    You can organize your shared texts together to share with your students using the shelves feature: http://blog.readlang.com/2015/11/16/organize-your-favorite-language-learning-content-with-shelves.html – This addresses point 1 and is available to premium members only.

    I actually did create a set of features which cover points 2, 3, and 4. Some teachers actually found them useful with their classes. The problem was that as one person I couldn’t focus on this and the main product so I’ve stopped development on them. While they aren’t causing a problem I’ll leave them running. So if you’d like to try them out, let me know the email address you signed up to Readlang with, and I’ll grant you access to the teacher admin panel for you to try them out.

    Point 5 has been on my mind for a while, but I never got around to it.

  17. Practice or export flashcards from specific books

    What does it mean : practice or export flashcards from specific books.

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  18. Quizlet

    First things first. Your site is COOL! I've already added some Hebrew stuff (with my home account) and some ESL and Spanish stuff (from work).

    The CSV text file export words well, however, rather than doing a download, could you just pop it out as simple text in a browser window. For Quizlet you do it as a copy/paste operation into their import function. It would be quicker and make less file clutter on my computer.

    Export > copy > paste into Quizlet > import = DONE!

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  19. Stick with it!

    • this is an idea which i think occurs to a lot of developers (including myself); foreign language learning seems to overlap computer langauge learning
    • however most of the tools in the space are absolute rubbish; I loathe anki for example; so it's a low bar to have to hurdle
    • I think you have executed very nicely thus far; I certainly plan to use it and at this stage (15 mins in) would consider going premium
    • there's definitely room for a context- driven app like this as a companion to a structure- driven app like Duolingo (from the learners perspective)
    • you…
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    Thanks for the kind feedback!

    Readlang’s flashcards do use spaced repetition – I need to communicate this better. And I have borrowed the “streak” idea from Duolingo already, although not as well implemented yet.

    Flashcards work reasonably well on mobile already. The site is responsive but there’s still a bit of vertical scrolling needed while practicing that I could remove.

    You can attach images although the UI is very unfriendly at the moment: https://readlang.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/743670-add-images-to-flashcards

    90% wannabes – yep, this is a problem. Most users will leave, so I need a very large stream of new users to capture enough of those 10% hardcore ones

  20. Please provide "Save" feature for General Settings

    Whenever changes are made to the general settings, they are shortly reversed when i reload the website in a new tab...
    its quite frustrating

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