A suggestion for a new field in lingqs

Since it’s really a thing that I am feeling like I need it to be here all the time, the time has basically come to voice it.

Currently we have three fields in our lingqs: for a term itself, for a hint and for a phrase, plus tags that we don’t see in our flashcards.

I would like to suggest to add one more field that one could use for grammatical and phonetic information. Let me call it a “utility field”.

First of all I am going to explain my case and then provide some further arguments that could be important for learners of other languages.

In German it’s extremely important to know the gender of a noun to decline nouns and adjectives correctly. Furthermore, in most cases it’s really something that you have to learn with the word, with no way to identify it (when speaking) without knowing (let’s not engage in debates on this particular language’s grammar, that is just an illustration).

Thus, I always add “m”,“n” or “f” in the beginning of my German nouns’ lingqs’ hint fields as a gender-indicator, so that I could learn the gender while flashcarding.

The only bad piece of news when using such an approach is that I may learn the gender only when doing direct flashcarding (with a term on the front and a hint on the back). It’s quite sad while I consider reverse flashcarding to be much more beneficial in general.

So, having this additional “utility field”, I could always see the gender on the back of a flashcard, even when doing reverse flashcarding.

There are certainly further grammatical notes that LingQ members learning far more complicated languages need on the backs of their flashcards.

Another thing for which such a “utility field” is highly desired are phonetic notes for languages using non-phonetic scripts, or highly traditional writings having just a little to do with modern pronunciation.

Sometimes you want your pinyin to be on the same side of the flashcard with the hieroglyph, not in the hint with translation!

Of course there is still this phrase field which we could misuse sacrificing something else (if nothing else, probably gonna use it for pinyin when having fun with Chinese), but it would be great just to be able to do it the right way!


@eugrus - You should be able to use the Notes field for these types of things. We do plan on enabling the Notes and Tags field to be shown in various places. Allowing these fields to be shown on the front or back of flashcards makes sense. We’ll add it to the list.

@mark It’s not really handy to use Notes for this purpose as they are now. Another thing would be if I could add them as I do it with the Hint and Phrase - without switching from the dictionary (to make all these clicks from one tab to another just to add one single letter for the gender is extremely inconvenient and one should be able to see the dictionary to add more advanced grammatical notices and transcription as well). But it you change the Notes field this way, it supposedly spoils your initial idea of a multi-line Note field. So, a separate one-string field for the matters mentioned above could be a good decision. As a further argument: such a “Utility field” would be in place in flashcards and tooltips between the Term and the Hint, just like such information is in dictionaries, while it is not the place where “plump” Notes are gonna be whatsoever.

However, in a nutshell technically there is just a handful of things needed:
1.) a field that is as easy for copy&paste from the dictionary as the hint field is
2.) presence of its information in flashcards (on the front or on the back - optionally, just as it’s with the term/hint/phrase)
3.) presence of its information in tooltips (what I get when the mouse pointer is on a lingq in the text)

I’ve just shared this suggestion here on LingQ’s GetSatisfaction feedback page: http://gsfn.us/t/2m7al
So, you are welcome to vote for it if you support the idea!

I think this would be a good thing to support.

One thing I just want to ask for. Will it eventually be possible to CHOOSE which elements of the yellow “hover-up” are visible? I don’t need the word + audio, don’t need the sentences segment(, tags and notes might be visible on it soon?) It’s all going to become too cluttered for the way I use the site. All I need is the status changer and the hint.

@eugrus - Would being able to see Tags on the flashcards address this suggestion?

@alex I could probably use tags for genders, but it would be strange to use a tool aimed to help with organizing lists for phonetic notes. Moreover, you can not render that kind of information (saved in tages) other then alphabetical when showed in a flashcard, therefore the cards are going to be messy given that there is already a couple of things that I use tags for.
So, I would use any roundabout solution, but I am for a straightforward one - new one-string field as it is in LWT.