Excellent. Any idea when I could expect to see some simple stats such as "total words read" and " total time listened"? Since I can already see the total for words learning, known etc in the reading tool section.
- Hours listened daily, weekly, monthly and total.
- Be able to set daily, weekly, monthly and/or total targets myself.
- Number of words learning (weekly, monthly etc).
- Number of words known (weekly, monthly etc)
Number of words learnt (moved from learning to known) (weekly, monthly, etc).
- Obviously a lovely graph of all the above would be great. A graph of stats is always a great motivator.
You could also add stats for reading and writing too if they are measurable.
The option to add in your own (outside of the program) reading, listening, writing and speaking time would be great too, it would allow users to keep all their stats in one place and obviously would create a base of regular active users on the site/app.
That's just my wishlist. I'd love to hear what others would wish for?
Sorry was very busy with work and haven't been to the site for a couple of weeks. The changes all look great and the reading section has obviously had a lot of improvements implemented even in just the last 2 weeks. It all looks fantastic, great new additions to the site. Great work, well done!
Vocabulary list in alphabetical order is really helpful, I can instantly see duplicates and compare similar phrases. Brilliant thanks.
Unfortunately I can't get the phrases function to work easily on my mobile. There are a couple of issues:
It is randomly selecting (as phrases) huge paragraphs of 10 or 20 words as I scroll down the page. This is mainly a space issue due to a mobiles small screen size; I am accidentally tapping a word whilst scrolling and then another further along. Which is then highlighted as a phrase.
Secondly, to get the phrases function to work I have to select the first word of the phrase and then long press the last word of the phrase. When I stop the long press on the second word the phrase it formed.
Because the phrase isn't formed until you remove your finger, you have no way of knowing if it worked until you remove your finger. It feels a bit odd and clunky.
It would be better if the phrase was shown before you lift off from the long press. Does that make sense?
I would like both...if the course passages are in the wrong order that is really annoying.. I am working through such a course with over 100 passages on another site at the moment and it takes me 5 mins after every passage to find the next one!
Being able to re-order my passages is also something I would like to be able to do because as you have said you like to have your new passages appear at the top but I like them to appear at the bottom or just re-order if I uploade in the wrong order.
I noticed (whilst testing the new phrases feature) that when I'm in most of the reading area, viewing vocabulary lists or courses or whatever the secondary navigation at the top is visible most of the time.
But it is not when I'm reading passages.
So when I reading a passage I have to go right back to the main "Reading" button and then click through, to view my vocabulary list but in reverse I could just click straight on "My passages" because the secondary navigation is available. Basically it is 1 step most of the time but 2 steps when I'm reading one of my passages.
I'll add a couple of screenshots so you can see what I mean....
When I'm in "vocabulary" I can navigate straight back to my reading or any other area within the reading tab - 1 click/step.
But when I'm reading a passage there is no way to click through to "vocabulary", "playlist" etc because the navigation - 2 clicks/steps.
It would be useful if the navigation was consistent across all of the reading area.
Across the reading area for whenever a passage is shown: it shows the 'Unknown words' amount but it would be useful (to me anyway) to also know how much of a passage I was still learning and also how many words the passage contains.
For example on this page:
I can see how many new words are in each passage but not any more detail:
- I have no idea how many words the passage contains.
- I have no idea if there are any words that I am already learning.
This information would also be useful on the "My Passages" page.
Then I could also see which passages I really need to review because I might have a high number of words I am still learning. The 'My passages' page after you have read the passage does not really give you much information at the moment in terms of how well you know the passage.
For example: I could know all the words in passage 1 and be learning all the words in passage 2 but I cannot know this without opening each passage.
Total words would also be very useful here as well.
If you click and drag across several words, they will all become boxed, and you will get a definition for that "phrase". If you want to keep it, you need to select "used" in the definition box, and it will become underlined in that passage only.
Should this add the phrase to my "learning" vocabulary list?
Because it doesn't, I can't seem to get any phrases to show in my vocabulary list at all - not in "learning", "known" or anywhere else.
Fear of speaking is the most difficult obstacle to overcome for me.
I find it very difficult to have conversations with strangers even in my native language.
To overcome this I pay for 1 hour of lessons one-on-one every week at a level which is not too difficult and we go through an actual course....no conversational Spanish, we just work through a course book.
I learn a few new things but not many. But I get to practice my speaking, I do not have to think about what to say (I just answer course questions, describe pictures etc) and it keeps my fear of speaking from becoming a huge problem for me. It helps.
However I still have not found a way to overcome my fear of speaking with strangers completely in any language.
I'm a beginner learner and the current language learning method I use are books and reliable Youtube videos. During my spare time, like commuting to and from work, I listen to Spotify podcasts. An hour or two, sometimes three, a day is enough for me. I don't want to have an information overload.
Excellent post. I agree listening is everything and I am about to completely overhaul my learning routine to reflect this. I would love to hear more about synergy and your views on all the 4 learning pillars; reading, writing, listening and speaking. How would you incorporate all 4 at a low intermediate level?
I have tried to use Anki many, many times and I always end up hating it very quickly, usually within a month because of the massive amount of reviews that build up. The issue for me is viable alternatives...