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  1. Highlight unknown words

    It would be great to have the ability to highlight unknown words, as is done in LingQ. There is something very satisfying about seeing the amount of unknown words get smaller and smaller as I learn a language.

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    • to add the possibility to import movie subtitles, e.g. in the srt format.

      Since subtitles to movies are available online for various languages it would be good to consider them seriously here as a useful source. It is indeed possible even now to import text subtitles, however, it would be nice to see only the text on the screen and not the time marks. It would be also useful to have the possibility to import subtitle for two languages (one you know and one you learn), and see the two at the same screen, one by one.

      And, a native Android application would be nice...

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      • Learn words according to list or to CEFR levels (A1,A2, B1...)

        Algorithme to suggest you texts according to the list of words you need to learn. For example, you are going to pass A2 exam, so readlang could show the text with the words you've not mastered yet which are required on this A2 level so one could be sure to know them all.

        For people who have to prepare for a certain exam it would be really useful!

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        • Create distinction between words and phrases

          It'd be great if words and phrases are sorted as different lists so that learners can revise phrases when they need to without having to skip through a list of words.

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            • transcription

              I love the functionality of reading along with a video. It is great for getting pronunciation and clarity of what is being said. However, I would love to see this taken to a new level of functionality.

              My suggestion comes from a program I have used called Rhubarb or WebRhubarb (https://www.cict.co.uk/textoys/rhubarb.php). Here's the gist:

              Assuming there is a text that is synced with a video, I would like the option of turning the text into a transcription activity. In other words, the program would render the words as blanks (letters as underscores or * for example). Then as…

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              • Paragraph Translation feature

                Paragraph Translation Needed.

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                  Sorry, but I pay Google per character for their Translate service so translating whole paragraphs would be too expensive.

                  Readlang is designed for intermediate & advanced learners who just need the occasional word or phrase translated.

                • Focus on verbs

                  Verbs are critical. Yet they are often very difficult to master, particularly abstract verbs. Verb conjugations are especially difficult, especially in irregular verbs. Quite a few Readlang suggestions and requests have addressed verbs, such as separable verbs in German and Dutch. I think it would be very helpful to have a way to focus on verbs in the text itself, not necessarily in flash cards, etc. Perhaps it could be a toggle on/off option to highlight verbs and their auxiliary verbs and separable parts. An additional feature could be a right click on highlighted verbs to bring up a pop-up…

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                    I agree this would be great. But implementing it for all the supported languages would be difficult.

                    I currently rely on Google Translate to do the hard work of translating and Readlang itself isn’t actually aware of which words are verbs, nouns, etc.

                    It’s unlikely I’ll be able to add this any time soon.

                  • make it possible to have split verbs as flash cards (German)

                    For example, many German reflexive verbs use the form (sich) infinitive. These can mean something different than without sich. The sich declines with the pronoun.

                    Further, there are splittable (trennbar) verbs in German. The infinitive form has a prefix, but in certain tenses, the verb is split across the sentence. Example: infinitive- anprobieren - "to try on" (notice it is also splittable in English). One can say, "Ich werde diese Kleidung anprobieren," I will try on these clothes. One can also say, "Ich probiere diese Kleidung an." I am trying on these clothes.

                    In these cases, the two words are…

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                    • Translation Behavior Display Settings

                      Current translation behavior for "highlight" or "underline" is to provide the translation above the selected word/phrase. This often causes a shift in the text and uneven line spacing. Implement double line spacing display option so that the above text translation does not disturb/shift line locations

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                      • Feature Idea

                        I'd love to have a feature that allows you to see how many words you already know in the language you're learning... like something similar to what lingq does...

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                        • Soundcloud

                          I love the YouTube linking. Ingenious tool. Very helpful. Can I say more? I'm just starting to use this in school as a teacher, so I'm thinking of a lot of potentials here, and I'm an avid language learner myself and have already started making materials for myself.

                          Here is my question. Is something similar to the YouTube linking possible with Soundcloud? As I make materials for my students, it is easier to just make an audio recording of a story, for example, than a video. I just record at my desk with Audacity (including minor audio edits), and then…

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                            • drama suspense action

                              about people and places

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                              • Parts of speech french

                                Words like claim can be noun or verb. Would help with flashcards to know which (v,n). Also, m or f (masculine, feminine)

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                                • Sort by reverse frequency

                                  I like to sort my words by frequency or usefulness and eliminate those words that are least common before I spend the time working on the flash cards and beginning to practice them. Because I want to compare the frequency of these new words to the total set of words that I have flash cards for, I have to use a list that contains all of my words. I takes a large number of clicks to reach the end of the list. It is easy to get to the beginning of the list, as all I have to do is…

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                                  • Save Word List export preferred format

                                    I find that I almost always export my Word Lists in the same format, which is seldom the default format. Would it be possible for each user to set their preferred export format, or for Readlang to remember the last format used?

                                    There is a similar request here called "Allow Saving of Word Export options as templates, but it contains no detail. I think having just a single default format per user is better.

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                                    • Word List Search fails on extra "blank space"

                                      If you copy and paste a word into Search in Word List, it can often come with an extra blank space. If you hit Enter before removing that blank space, the search fails. Perhaps the search word can be trimmed before the search. Very minor issue.

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                                      • Condensed Library files containing only lines with Word List words

                                        When you open a Library file, words from the Word List are underlined in green. I like that. It would be helpful to be able to save an additional condensed version of that file, containing only lines that have underlined words. That would then let the user review just the text of an article containing words in the Word Lists. I delete words from the Word List that I now know, so the condensed version would show just the sentences with words I need to learn. I am doing that off-line with Word List exports, but I think it would…

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                                        • I can not close it in the first time of use

                                          I can not close it in the first time of use, after i open another tap or page i can close it correctly

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                                            1 comment  ·  Admin →

                                            Do you mean you can’t close the Web Reader Chrome Extension?

                                            You need to click on “Menu → Close” and the tab will re-load without the Readlang Web Reader.

                                            Hope that helps

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