I know the issue with Google translate has been reported already. (Please fix it!) But it got me thinking–
Wouldn’t there be a way for LingQ to build its own dictionary in the background, that could provide links even when the G-translate integration goes down?
What I mean is, normally when I click on an unknown, previously unlinked word, LingQ goes and asks g-translate for the meaning, then shows me the result, but couldn’t this process start happening in the background as soon as I upload something? Wouldn’t there be a way for LingQ to scan all currently uploaded text – yes, I know it would take a while – and pull g-translate hints for every word that’s currently not in its database? Once the process is done LingQ would have a massive database of hints that it could provide even when g-translate gets finicky.
Whatever the process may be, I really think the site needs a dictionary solution that’s not reliant on momentary access to third parties to provide hints, because the issue with g-translate keeps popping up and making the site very hard to use.