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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. 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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    This isn't exactly what you're asking for, but I've just added a "Read Aloud" feature using synthetic voices. If your browser supports it, you'll see a play/pause button at the bottom of the reader page which, when clicked, will read the text out loud, highlighting the current word being spoken. This is only available if your browser supports locally generated text-to-speech on the device you are using.


    This was only added last night, so if you have a Readlang tab already open, please refresh it to get access to the new feature. And if you notice any bugs, please let me know!


    The feature is available to all Readlang users, and Premium users are additionally able to customize the voice in the "AA" sidebar tab.


    Please let me know what you think!


    (I also like the idea of being able to upload audio files with real human voices, and am…

  2. 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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  3. (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.

  4. please make an extension for Edge browser

    please make an extension for Edge browser

    74 votes
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  5. 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.

    48 votes
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  6. 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

    43 votes
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  7. Add ability to customize TTS (text to speech) voice

    Add different voice options for the audio pronunciation

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  8. Allow offline flashcards

    Make the current webpage work offline for studying flashcards.

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  9. Auto-syncing YouTube with Timestamps

    Under YouTube videos, there is an option to "Open Transcript" which shows the video's subtitles with or without time stamps (you can toggle on or off). I have been copy-pasting the transcripts without time stamps to Readlang, but then you have to spend time syncing them manually, which I, personally, don't find this a useful step in the learning process. It would be AWESOME if we could copy-paste the time stamped transcript into Readlang and Readlang would recognize the timestamps and sync it for us.

    27 votes
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  10. 27 votes
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  11. 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

  12. Running readlang on Microsoft Edge browser

    I seem to have trouble running readlang on Edge, where the translations appear over words. Is there a way to run it?

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  13. Allow import words from csv format

    For those of us who come from LWT or other similar systems, it would be good to be able to import our word list into readlang, including the sample sentences.

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  14. 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.

    23 votes
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  15. Open Source Readlang

    Now that you are working for Duolingo (congrats by the way!) and have declared Readlang has been declared "feature complete", have you considered open sourcing Readlang? I understand that you don't have the time to devote to new features, but I'm sure there are developers out there in your user base (like me) who would be more than happy to contribute to the project (even if you get the money for operating the service). There's so many good feature requests on here that I'd love to see implemented, and I think open sourcing and embracing community contributions would be a…

    21 votes
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  16. Possible change to DeepL api

    I know Readlang currently uses the Google API for translations, but being that DeepL just released access recently to their API, it may be a very nice change to the site. DeepL is by far the best machine translator out there currently. Just an idea, loving the sites anyways!

    https://www.deepl.com/home

    20 votes
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  17. Add audio file

    Hi would be great if I could attach an audio file to the text.
    Thanks

    19 votes
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  18. Save words as their lexeme, rather than their conjugated form.

    I find that when I am learning vocabulary, I need to learn the word in it's unconjugated form first, then learn to apply the grammar rules later. It would be nice if there was a toggle feature than allows you to save the word as its lexeme, or if it could be automatically included as part of the word list.

    For example (in French):
    Français: Fais
    Lexeme: Faire
    Context: Je fais un gâteau.

    19 votes
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  19. 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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  20. 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!

    18 votes
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