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  1. 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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  2. 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.

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  3. Add ability to customize TTS (text to speech) voice

    Add different voice options for the audio pronunciation

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  4. Ability to change the default CEFR designation

    Sometimes the CEFR designation seems off, probably because the text is short. I think it should be modifiable or allow the user to add another field with a subjective level.

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  5. Add practice mode which turns a whole text into a big cloze test

    This could be a more interesting alternative to using the flashcard page, allowing you to go back to quickly review all words in a text after reading it. It may even prove useful as a pre-reading exercise on new texts to warm up before reading them thoroughly.

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  6. 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!

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  7. 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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  8. Sort alphabetically words

    Click to sort words alphabetically in ascending or descending order display

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  9. 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?

  10. 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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  11. 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…

  12. 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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  13. Allow offline flashcards

    Make the current webpage work offline for studying flashcards.

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  14. (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.

  15. Choose pronunciation accent

    Would it be possible to choose between UK/US English for pronunciation of word (in the wordlist and during translation)? Thank you.

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  16. Create a firefox extension

    (Firefox will not let me install the extension you posted here:)
    http://blog.readlang.com/content/readlangFirefoxExtension.xpi

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  17. It doesn't work.

    I am using High Sierra 10.13.6 and there is no "edit" on my bookmarks. I tap Readlang and it just takes me to your web page

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  18. No suggestion, just a word of praise

    I recently had to allow my subscription to Readlang to expire, but I wanted to let you know that it isn't due to any problem with the service.

    Unfortunately I'm suffering a condition that doctors cannot figure out which causes incredible fatigue and insomnia. This has made language learning very difficult. Then the medication I was prescribed a few months ago has actually made it worse to the point that I cannot do any language learning activities. After the period on the medication has run its course and probably failed to produce results, I will hopefully be able to return…

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  19. monitor and review your articles for accuracy, in content and skill level.

    You have many articles listed as A1 but include passages from Kipling, Twain, and many political and religious texts. These are not suited for anyone below a B (or even occasionally C) level skills. It also looks like many texts are written by non native speakers and contain many errors which do not help the learner to learn the language correctly.

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  20. don't want to popout the dictionary

    i want to read a text fastly. the dictionary popout everytime when i highlight
    the word. i just need the translation upon the word . so how to option this,close the popout.

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