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  1. Exporting with no translations in Anki

    I follow "No Translations" philosophy, but when i import my words in Anki are imported translations too: is it no possible to delete them?

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      1 comment  ·  Admin →

      Hi Fabio,

      It is possible to customise your export format by dragging around the boxes on the export dialog. Simply drag the default “Context (with translation)” into “Don’t import these” and add “Context (with blank)” instead.

      Please let me know if this solves your issue.

      Thanks,
      Steve

    • Chrome extension doesnt show whether I am logged in, nor sign-in.

      I was wandering why "translated" words doesn't appear in my words database.

      I had Chrome crash and it logged me out. However there is no way I can see it. Readlang extension worked in guest mode. I figured a way to logg-in with using voting buttons, but it took me some time to figure it out.
      https://www.dropbox.com/s/91lqcvhuj4zy4nt/readlang_chrome.png

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      • Add better support for Chinese

        It would be helpful if Chinese words had pinyin so that pronunciation is easier. Chinese words also consist of multiple characters so the ability to select phrases would be nice as well.

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          True, I know pinyin would be useful, but it’s not high on my list of priorities for now while I’m focussed on improving the other languages.

          Did you realise that you can already select phrases by dragging to select multiple characters?

        • Bug report

          I would just like to report what seems to be a bug in chrome where the green bar animates down the page covering the content. Multiword selection doesn't seem to work either. Thanks.

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            Thanks.

            When the green bar animates down and darkens, there should be a message which appears over it. There was a bug yesterday causing the message not to appear. It should be fixed now so please try refreshing the page and reloading the Readlang Web Reader and trying again.

            I’m guessing you’ve hit the 20 phrases / day limit for free accounts, if it’s your first time hitting the limit there’ll be an option to claim 20 more for free.

            Please let me know if you encounter any more problems.

          • language selection bug?

            I have set my known/learning languages several times, but when I log in the next time they have been reversed.

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              1 comment  ·  Admin →

              There are two ways i can think this might be happening:

              1. Every time you open a document in a certain language your current learning language will switch to that one.

              2. Perhaps you’ve bookmarked one of the library pages for a specific language.

              e.g. if you bookmark http://readlang.com/es/library every time you go to that page it will switch your learning language to Spanish since the URL includes “es”

              Could this explain things?

            • Make web reader bar multi line on small screens

              I have been *loving* the Web Reader bookmarklet in Firefox for Android. There is one glitch, though: the reader bar seems to extend off of the mobile screen. Could this be fixed with a multi line bar?

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                  Sorry for the delayed response.

                  For all the other languages with frequency lists I’ve used lists of 50,000 words (conjugated forms included)

                  6,000 seems on the low side, but better than nothing. I’ll look into adding this one if it seems nothing else is available. Thanks!

                • Add Esperanto as a Language and/or let users add custom languages

                  Two things here:

                  First off, I'd love to be able to use Esperanto with readlang. It's supported by Google translate (so there's no issue of translations), and I'd even be okay with partial support.

                  Second off, while on that topic, it'd be quite nice to either crowd source the languages supported or allow users to add custom languages.

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                  • Weekly reminder

                    Hey,
                    I might not do it everyday but weekly might work well for me.

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                    • Percentage read

                      In the bookshelf, to the left of the texts you have read, is a percentage. In my case, this doesn't show any kind of correlation with how much I've read, as I have read all of these texts from start to finish, but none of them show anywhere near 100%. In fact, most of them say 0%!

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                        Thanks Cat!

                        That’s very strange, doesn’t seem to happen for me but I’ll do some testing tomorrow and try to figure it out. Which browser are you using?

                      • Don't automatically show English translation for flashcards.

                        When reviewing flashcards, I find that my eyes go straight to the English translation rather than the sentence context. It would be nice if there was an option to make it so that user has to click to show the English translation. That way, the default would be for the user to read the sentence and figure out what the appropriate word is and only clicks to see the english translation when it's too hard to tell from the context. The hope is that this may allow the user to stay in his/her target language more often.

                        Thanks!

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                        • Show the difficulty when invoking the Readlang bookmarklet

                          When using the Readlang bookmarklet or chrome extension, it would be nice if the toolbar showed the difficulty or CEFR level of the current page.

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                          • possibility to add descriptions of the texts or videos in the public library,

                            if possible in several languages ( not everybody speaks English well enough) that way people will know what the video or text is about at a glance.

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                            • Note field on flashcards

                              It would be great if a user could write a few lines of text about each flashcard for a mem (like memrise) or even a few translation notes. I know there's support for adding pictures, but my mems have always been text-based. I tried putting this in a new context field, but then my mem would appear above the card while I was trying to think of the translation.

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                                Same idea as http://readlang.uservoice.com/forums/192149-general/suggestions/5278506-extra-field-for-answer-side-of-flashcards, so repeating the comment I made there…

                                There’s an “Alternatives” field that you could add this kind of information to.

                                It is designed to accept alternative synonyms of the word when you type an answer, but apart from that it behaves as you are suggesting – it appears when you reveal the word in your target language.

                                I suppose it would be nice to make a distinction between “alternative answer” and “notes”, but at the same time I don’t want to clutter the editing interface too much. What do you think?

                              • Offer infinitive form

                                It would be nice to add the infinitive form of a word as a flashcard if the word in question is verb. I think a lot of learners prefer to remember the infinitive ( + grammar) over learning all verb in random conjugations.

                                Really nice tool though, found it through HN.

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                                  Could be a nice option. Then again, I actually like the way it works at the moment since it makes me practice at verb conjugation at the same time.

                                  Note that editing your flashcards is highly encouraged, and you could potentially add the infinitive as an alternative translation manually if you prefer, although I would argue it’s better to practice the actual conjugations.

                                • 3 22 2014

                                  Good evening Steve,

                                  I am not sure where you are in the world.

                                  Your app would fit in nicely at demo-pitch events. They are fun, and an individual gets funding. The people are from all over the the Bay area.

                                  Also, a comment company called disqus has an easier comment posting service.

                                  You are not alone, humans desire to be understood. We are still social-beings.

                                  I was able to find your post at the y-combinator site. To me, it is an informative site that has great posts concerning coding.

                                  A suggestion I follow that is helpful: have positive thoughts, and…

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                                  • Display pronunciation as well as translation for Japanese

                                    With Japanese (and other Asian languages) the pronunciation is usually not apparent from the source text. To learn/memorize effectively the reader needs to know the pronunciation along with the translation. Pronunciations are always displayed in the Japanese script called Hiragana. A good source for this for Japanese is the online dictionary at Monash University (http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/cgi-bin/wwwjdic.cgi?1C). They have an API that is described here: http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/wwwjdicinf.html#backdoor_tag

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                                    • Consider integrating freq lists from Bangla-Tangla

                                      FYI, a Bangla / বাংলা frequency list (seems to reflect both stems and real-life text) is on the site http://www.banglatangla.com/. Seemed worth at least letting you know--I'm just now getting back into RL again. :-)

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                                        Thanks, I’ll have a go at parsing the data and getting it into Readlang. I suppose it’s not a perfect representative sample since it’s generated from a corpus of newspapers, but better than nothing.

                                      • 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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                                        • 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…

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