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  1. Firefox Extension

    Please think of us Firefox users, and also do a Firefox extension like the one for chrome. Yes there is already the bookmark, but I'd like Firefox to be treated as a first-class citizen. Thanks, and congrats to such an AWESOME product :)

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      Intsall the firefox extension with this link:

      http://blog.readlang.com/content/readlangFirefoxExtension.xpi

      To use either:
      - Right click on a page and select “Readlang Web Reader”
      - Add the toolbar button from the Options→Toolbar Layout… menu item

      If you find problems, please let me know.

      Thanks!

      PS: The extension was removed from the Mozilla Add-on gallery because it fetches code from my server to avoid manual updates, which is not permitted. Still, it’s completely fine for you to use and works exactly like the bookmarklet.

    • Add option to manually add new flashcards

      Justs a simple "add" button to let us create our own flashcards by typing in a front and back

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        Did you realise that you can add a flashcard from the http://readlang.com/words page by typing it into the search box and clicking search? If no results are found from your personal word list it will present a button (or two) offering to add the word to your list.

        I realise this isn’t obvious at the moment, I’ll work on communicating this more clearly!

      • Option to NOT translate.

        I'd like to see integration with native monolingual dictionaries, especially since I am an advanced learner of Catalan and the only option at the moment is a Google translate for words that I don't recognize

        For example: This is a good Catalan dictionary: http://dlc.iec.cat/

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        • 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…

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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.

          • Practice or export flashcards from specific books

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

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            • 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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              • 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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                • 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…

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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

                  • Right-justify the Context box for right-to-left languages

                    Hi, I'm just trying your Readlang for the first time (English speaker learning Hebrew) and for right-to-left languages I think you should right-justify the Context box. Here's a screenshot: http://screencast.com/t/fY1KwKCHmt

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                    • Fix a bug where the bottom line sometimes gets pushed to next page

                      Sometimes when you click a word on the bottom row of a page to be translated, the extra height of the translation causes the row to be pushed onto a new page, or onto the next page.

                      It would be better if the line stayed on the page it was originally on.

                      I'm on Firefox/Linux

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                      • "imports plain text versions of websites a la Instapaper"

                        Hi, I was reading your post on the making of Readlang (http://steveridout.com/2014/03/22/readlang-my-bootstrapped-language-learning-web-app.html) and I found that back in January 2013 you were working on the development of "imports plain text versions of websites a la Instapaper".

                        This is something I have long thought that Readlang should improve. Although the Web Reader allows to import an article into Readlang, it works nothing like instapaper (or pocket for that matter). Those apps have an article view that extracts only the title and main text of the article. It would be great for Readlang to import the article like that (perhaps…

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                        • A very minor suggestion...

                          After a practice session, I think it would be great if the y value was refreshed in: ''Study from: (y words ready) All words'', just so I know how many words I have left.

                          Thanks Steve.

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                          • have a choice to translate one way

                            There is an check box you can click to turn of the "Spelling translation" feature. It would be nice if there were settings that we could adjust. For instance, to translate in only one way. .In some cases it would be quicker and more beneficial to be able to practice translation only from our target language to our control language.

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                            • introduce folders

                              Thanks for the features so far. Grouping the texts in folders would be great.

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                              • test idea

                                just testing

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                                • audio

                                  An audio icon should be great to have in the reader section.

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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…

                                  • Autoplay audio in flashcards when answering

                                    If possible it would be nice to have an option to autoplay audio when answering flashcards. When answering flashcards generally I am testing that I know the meaning and pronounciation.

                                    Thanks

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                                      This feature is now working.

                                      Premium users can enable “Speaking Mode” from the settings page: http://readlang.com/preferences

                                      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

                                      This 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 only work when the video…

                                    • Translate into same language with dictionary popup

                                      Imagine kids can expand their native language vocabulary quickly by using your vocabulary service, that would be wonderful.

                                      Another reason, my native language is Chinese. The huge disparity of Latin and Asian language root always sucks in cross translation, and often the multiple meaning and usage of same words is drastically different in both culture, we almost need to double check in English to English dictionary. English to Chinese translation only help us build up basic vocabulary only. People in same situation will also benefit in English to English translation.

                                      Readlang is by far the best service I found, better…

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                                      • Youtube songs

                                        How can I upload a Youtube video with Lyrics? I Watch some videos but I don't know how to do this.

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