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        2 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →

        I agree this would be nice as an extra, although I definitely wouldn’t like to lose the conjugated form. If I had to pick between the conjugated and infinitive versions I would definitely pick the conjugated forms since they:

        1. Fit the context sentence – and it’s best to learn sentences and groups of words rather than isolated ones.
        2. Help me to internalize the most common conjugations of a verb. Learning the infinitives + the conjugation rules is good but IMO having the common conjugations hard-wired into your brain is better.

        Still agree with having both and may get around to it one day, but it’s not a high priority and is actually pretty difficult to find a good source of data for all the supported languages.

        Hmmm, just though that adding a button on the flashcards page to access an external dictionary (like the sidebar dictionary http://blog.readlang.com/2013/11/07/custom-dictionaries.html)…

        Woertersammlerin commented  · 

        I'd find find that useful too, and I t think that just a field for the base form (infinitive or undeclined noun/adjective) that one can fill in using the sidebar dictionary would indeed go a long way.

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          4 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →

          Hello,

          Thanks for the suggestion. For the time being I’m afraid I don’t have the resources to add features specifically for Japanese. Sorry, but hopefully in future this will be possible.

          Steve

          Woertersammlerin commented  · 

          If you're really keen on using RL for Japanese, It's possible to work around it to some degree.

          1. Install the browser add-on Rikaikun (Chromo) / Rikaichan (Firefox) to show you translation and kana instead. Use that for understanding the text.
          2. Click only words that you want to study. You may be able to get audio from your sidebar dictionary.
          3. From the sidebar dictionary, paste the kana into the "日本語 Alternatives" field
          4. Both Kanji and Kana will be on the cards.

          Unfortunately the Alternatives field does not get exported (Steve, would it be a lot of work to add that?)
          Screenshots. http://imgur.com/a/1IvJl

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              7 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →

              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…

              Woertersammlerin commented  · 

              Can't believe I missed this. I'm very glad. :) Thanks!

              Woertersammlerin commented  · 

              For me it's a problem of homonyms and idiomatic usage. For those I usually pile up "trial&error trash": The machine translation of single words often does not match the meaning in the text, and it's only after trying out different word combinations that I get a good translation that I'd actually like to study.

              I agree that it's a good thing that words get added immediately, but I'd love to be able to remove the wrong ones again quickly.
              Would it be feasible to list word added in the current reading session in a sidebar together with a delete icon next to them?

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                    1 comment  ·  General  ·  Admin →

                    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 exactly 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?

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                    Woertersammlerin commented  · 

                    +1, I'd just prefer to have that field also for export, not just for the online flashcards.

                    It wouldn't need to be completely custom field, you could call the field "pronounciation" or someting that everyone could use for pronunciation hints of their preference, so linguistics students could paste in IPA, Japanese learners could use romaji or kana, Chinese learners pinyin etc.

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