Read to me.
Learning a language through reading is spectacular but it is missing someone reading to me out loud so that I can hear the correct pronunciation without having to go to each individual word pronunciation on your flash card tab.
Hi "Anonymous" - that's a very nice idea and I've thought about it myself. Some issues are:
1. You'd need to split the book into chunks of <10,000 words, I put that limit since the current implementation will slow down with very long texts. Very long individual texts are possible but would require more work on my part.
2. I feel the current system of highlighting an individual word works well for short texts, but for long novels, I would prefer a less precise system - as long the correct line or two is highlighted that would be fine - you could then sync a text very well with one pass since it only needs to be roughly correct. Currently I find I always take two passes to sync a video to get the precision to each word, and it's quite an intense process, meaning that I can't focus on enjoying and understanding the text until I've finished the syncing process.
3. It's a lot of work for only your benefit - it's a shame after doing all that that the result can't be shared.
Still, if you try it would love to hear how it goes!
One day I'd like to have better support for long form audiobooks.
Artur Zygmunt commented
You can buy/find/download an audiobook of most bestsellers theese days, can't you?
Than you can transform it into one-pictore video and upload to youtube (non-public).
And than upload an ebook and sync it with your "video-audiobook" from youtube.
It requires some work, but DAMN IT'S BEST LANGUAGE LEARNING EXPERIENCE IN HISTORY!
Darren Hedley commented
I use TextAloud for this, it is pretty good. It reads or creates MP3 files of any written text you feed into it.