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  1. Add an audio player with keyboard controls (play, pause, skip back, slow-down)

    Similar to the one used by http://otranscribe.com/

    Could be used to play .mp3 or .ogg files, would be ideal for podcasts or audio-books

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    • Please add the option to work with verbs with separable prefixes. Readlang is now only half way useful for German. THX

      Please add the option to work with verbs with separable prefixes. Readlang is now only half way useful for German. THX

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      • (long-term?) - Parallel Texts? (parallel versions of the same book).

        I was wondering if you might think about supporting parallel texts, which is a way that some learners like to read their books.

        I should say that I'm not really thinking of an actual parallel-ised version of a book (although that might be another option), but when you have, say, an e-book in your target language, and a translation of it into your native language as another e-book.

        I think with suitable "screen gymnastics" it's probably possible to read a book in parallel already with something like Calibre, but it would be great if there were a tool specifically designed…

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          I really like this idea. In fact I’ve been thinking about something similar for a while.

          When a text is far beyond your reading level a side by side option would be ideal. And when you aren’t struggling so much, it’s probably better to show the translation only for sentences or paragraphs as needed, like you suggest.

          No promises on this at the moment though I’m afraid, I have a lot of other work to do first.

        • Add ability to customize TTS (text to speech) voice

          Add different voice options for the audio pronunciation

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          • Auto-highlight saved words in the Web Reader

            Implement auto-highlighting (http://blog.readlang.com/2015/03/17/auto-highlight-words.html) in the Web Reader to use when reading any web page.

            28 votes
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            • Add some stats/reports

              Hello,

              One more idea - it would be nice to be able to see statistics eg how many words read/ hours spent / words studied etc. I find this kind of info quite motivating , not sure if others do as well.

              Thanks

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              • 24 votes
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                • Option NOT to save words, only translate.

                  Too much trash goes to magic word mashine, so they are saved only when they are starred(favorite).

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                    I’ll think about adding an option for this in future because it’s been suggested a couple of times, but I actually prefer the way it works now. Let me explain.

                    If you click on a word or phrase, it means you don’t know what it means, or at least weren’t sure what it means. Therefore you should work on learning it in the “Learn” section, or if you made a mistake and accidentally clicked a word you already know, or it’s not useful to you, just delete it as soon as you encounter it in the “Learn” section.

                    I don’t like the idea of an extra click to favourite each word as you are reading because one of the key motivations of the site is to make reading as distraction free as possible, adding only tools that help you understand the text and then get out of the way. This…

                  • Allow offline flashcards

                    Make the current webpage work offline for studying flashcards.

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                    • Add furigana for Japanese (and pinyin for Chinese)

                      I suggest you add an option to toggle furigana on and off for japanese, and/or give the hiragana in parenthesis, once you translate a word.

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                        Hello,

                        Thanks for the suggestion. For the time being I’m afraid I don’t have the resources to add features specifically for Japanese. Sorry, but hopefully in future this will be possible.

                        Steve

                      • Ability to sort word by frequency in your chosen text

                        It would be nice to be able to sort words by how often they appear in the text rather than how often they appear in the language itself. This would make it easier to read longer texts

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                        • A tagging system for words saved in the word list

                          It would be nice being able to tag any word/phrase stored in the word list. I mean something like labels in GMail or tags in Anki, which are optional of course, but very powerful and useful as well.

                          Some people might just like to tag words as "verb", "noun" etc.; some others might like to assign more personal tags as "fun", "love", "idiomatic" etc.

                          This would provide an alternative method for researching group of words in the word list and it would allow to use some flash card sessions only for them.

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                          • Graphs

                            What about a more extensive graph that shows not just a week but a longer time period and total number of words learned over a period of time

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                            • allow students to click the new word to hear the pronunciation

                              using the chrome extension, I can have students click on the word and see it in their language...but they need to know how to pronounce it in English in the page rather than having to go into readlang's page and hearing it and then go back

                              BTW, amazing, awesome app!

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                              • Audio sync rather than only YouTube video

                                My idea is basically to do an Assimil styled approach but be able to incorporate your flashcards (or Anki) with it in this way: 1) listen to the recording, 2) transcribe and sync, 3) review with flashcards and, of course, be able to click on a word to hear it individually (which I think you have as a premium already).

                                So, if I could upload audio I could then use podcasts and other sources besides YT. I'd like to be able to import audio files (Mp3 would be the first choice) and sync them up just as your YT function…

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                                • Sinc Mp3 files from google docs or box

                                  Would be really nice to sinc mp3 files from google docs/play or box, the idea is listening while reading...

                                  Almost the same as Youtube videos.

                                  Thanks

                                  13 votes
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                                  • Save german nouns with gender information

                                    If I click in "Gericht", I'd like Readlang to add "das Gericht" as the flashcard for that word.

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                                      One way to to accomplish this is to always include the article (e.g. in English a, an, the) along with the word. The idea of Readlang is to always learn words or phrases as they appear in a given context.

                                      I do agree that it would be nice to show the gender information without needing to include other words. Just offering a alternative solution that may help.

                                    • Text to Speach audio option along with the text

                                      It would be very useful to be able to hear the text (not only single words), maybe using a TTS synthesiser like the one that now pronounces single words. It would be great to let Readlang speak a selected phrase or even the entire text, making it a sort of audiobook with both text and audio. It would improve a lot the learning experience for those who want to improve the pronunciation and speech recognition, along with the reading abilities.

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                                        Automatic audio playback is now available for premium users, it doesn’t read the whole text however, just what you click on.

                                        Once enabled, you will hear audio pronunciation every time:

                                        - You translate a word or phrase
                                        - The side of the flashcard in your target language is displayed

                                        It works for the following 17 languages: Catalan, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

                                        Please let me know what you think of this and how it works.

                                        Some notes:
                                        1. It doesn’t work when using the Web Reader on iOS.
                                        2. When enabled, you’ll see an audio icon at the top of the reader page and during a flashcard session allowing you to toggle “speaking mode” – this won’t appear at all if it wasn’t enabled first from the settings page (http://readlang.com/preferences)
                                        3. On YouTube videos, audio pronunciation will…

                                      • audio for context sentences

                                        It'd be very helpful if there were audio option that could read the sentences from which the key word/phrase was taken (jut like there's audio for words/phrases that are learned

                                        or it could be like this that when I guess what is the missing word (translation) then the sentence would be filled in with my correct answer and then I could play audio for it

                                        It's just a free idea; that would also strengthen our comprehension skills and keep us away from incorrect pronunciation

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                                          Automatic audio playback is now available for premium users, it doesn’t read the whole context sentence at the moment, but plays the specific word or phrase when:

                                          - You translate a word or phrase
                                          - The side of the flashcard in your target language is displayed

                                          You can enable it by checking “Speaking Mode” from the settings page: http://readlang.com/settings

                                          It works for the following 17 languages: Catalan, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

                                          Please let me know what you think of this and how it works.

                                          Some notes:
                                          1. It doesn’t work when using the Web Reader on iOS.
                                          2. When enabled, you’ll see an audio icon at the top of the reader page and during a flashcard session allowing you to toggle “speaking mode” – this won’t appear at all if it wasn’t enabled first from the settings page…

                                        • adding an option to choose which words to turn into flashcards

                                          I'd like to be able to. Currently, the system creates flashcards for every word or phrase that I translate, but I'd like to have more control over the creation of the flashcards.

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                                            When reading on readlang.com you can open the sidebar (the little button in the top right of the page), go to Words, and then delete the ones you don’t want to keep.

                                            Or, after reading with the Web Reader, you could go to http://readlang.com/words and remove the ones you don’t want to keep there.

                                            The idea is not to have to make unnecessary choices while reading so that you can focus completely on the story you’re reading.

                                            Does this workflow suit you or would you prefer have to click an extra button while reading to save a word to your list?

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