App Updates Up Until May 2024

It has been a long time since I posted a list of updates. I do apologize. I can’t believe how time has flown by. This is by no means a comprehensive list as it’s simply not possible to remember or identify all the multitude of things that have been done across all our apps.
At any rate, this gives a good idea of the bulk of the significant changes you should be looking for. If you have specific questions after reading this list, please let me know.
I haven’t bothered to list the multitude of things that have been done to optimize performance or to fix issues.
Let me know any thoughts!

I will do better with this going forward in terms of posting more regularly here!

Web App and Backend

  • Chinese Whisper Transcription
  • Increased maximum lesson size when importing
  • Added enhanced Japanese word splitting using AI
  • Migration to new forum software
  • Enable uploading of m4a audio files
  • Hover to see translation of lesson titles in Library
  • Added Slovenian, Afrikaans, Georgian
  • Enable Furigana option for Japanese
  • Enhanced feed sources for News Feed shelf
  • Added Chat GPT full text translation
  • Localization of grammar tags
  • Added more local payment options
  • Add setting to show/hide transliteration in card widget for Japanese and Chinese
  • AI Simplified Lessons
  • Pinned shelves in Library
  • Added Icelandic
  • Whisper transcription for YouTube videos
  • Audio tracking underline in Page view in Reader
  • Support timestamping in Traditional Chinese
  • Enable transliteration editing for individual words in widget and reader
  • Enable Generate Timestamps feature for Slovenian, Cantonese, and Belarusian
  • Active Playlist size limited to 50 lessons
  • Sentence Translation refresh feature
  • Show blue words with suggested meaning in Sentence Vocabulary list and enable LingQ creation.
  • Enable Whisper transcription for Cantonese.
  • AI word splitter used for Japanese news feed imports
  • Pending tab added to Continue Studying for lessons being processed by AI
  • Added Khmer and Vietnamese

Android

  • Added Vietnamese and Khmer
  • Pin shelves in the Library
  • Performance improvement in the Library
  • Reader audio progress highlight while playing full lesson audio
  • Simplify lessons with AI
  • New coins, activity and streak designs
  • Lesson vocabulary list UI and functionality improvements
  • Import page improvements; added import by file and scanning
  • Added upcoming Macedonian language support
  • Setting to show related phrases in reader
  • Improvements to dark theme in the Reader
  • Added Furigana and Latin superscripts
  • Added Afrikaans and Georgian
  • Improvements to tablet mode
  • Create phrases that contain numbers

iOS

  • Play video for playlist items with no audio
  • Add total words count to course details screen
  • New stats screen
  • New lesson complete screen
  • Pin shelves
  • Simplify lessons with AI
  • Lesson performance improvements
  • Added Afrikaans, Georgian, and Slovenian languages
  • Added Icelandic
  • Added Khmer, Vietnamese
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So many welcome features. But how to use this one? (It works in Traditional Chinese?)

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As far as I know, it only works in Japanese. Are there normally multiple readings to choose from for Traditional Chinese characters? In Japanese, all readings are shown in the widget and you can choose from the different readings for the character in that context.

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什么时候会增加额外的阅读配色呢,除了一些小错误,目前基本满意

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Yes, there are. For example, I keep coming across 給 transliterated as “ji” when it should be transliterated as “gěi”

Here are some more:
假 jià or jiǎ
會 huì or kuài
難 nán or nàn
相 xiāng or xiàng
都 dōu or dū
降 jiàng or xiáng
處 chù or chǔ
血 xuè or xiě
朝 cháo or zhāo
薄 bó, báo or bò
散 sàn or sǎn
傳 chuán or zhuàn
著 zhe, zháo, zhuó or zhāo
為. wèi or wéi
了 le or liǎo
好 hǎo or hào
看 kàn or kān
教 jiāo or jiào
行 xíng or háng
少 shǎo or shào
的 de, dí or dì
長 cháng or zhǎng
應 yīng or yìng
得 de, dé, děi
與 yǔ or yù
藏 cáng or zàng
空 kōng or kòng
調 diào or tiáo
便 biàn or pián
假 jià or jiǎ

And many others. To the point that whenever I encounter a new word, I cannot trust the pronunciation provided, but have to always look it up elsewhere - sometimes I take the trouble to note the actual pronunciation in the LingQ but usually I just can’t spare the time to do that (or energy) so all I can do is I try my best to remember. Or just keep looking them up again and again. If I could change the transliteration as needed in context, that would be really nice.

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I hadn’t been using my LingQ subscription much but these new features have been game changers for me:

  • Added Chat GPT full text translation
  • Whisper transcription for YouTube videos (also works for podcasts)
  • Audio tracking underline in Page view in Reader

LingQ has returned to being a core part of my study routine.

Thanks to Mark and the LingQ team!

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I haven’t worked on my Japanese in a while. Do I need to reimport the lessons to benefit from the improved word splitting? It says “Web App and Back End” so if I read on my iPhone do I get the benefit? (I always read on my iPhone)

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I would simply like to be able to completely delete a lesson and a course. They keep showing up, no matter what I do.

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wich podcast? it doesnt work for me. Can you specify? thanks a lot.

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There’s an Audio Transcribe option when you click the import button. I assume it uses Whisper technology to transcribe the audio. It hasn’t worked for me a while either though. I just tried uploading a minute and a half of audio in Korean and it seems to have transcribed it (I’d have to double check that listening to the audio) but the audio is a total mess. It doesn’t match up to the text in any way and it’s butchered so you can’t just hit the play button to listen to the whole thing without the text either.

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As @kraemder said, when you import a lesson, there’s a button at the bottom that says “Generate automatic transcript.” For me, it has worked well when I upload MP3 files from various Italian podcasts. If you can’t get it to work for you, there are other websites that will create a transcript from an MP3 file, which you can then cut-and-paste or upload into LingQ.

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Oh thanks for the answer, but my question is about how to get a mp3 file from spotify (not premium). Till now all app (from spotify to mp3 file for free) no success. My only chance is Audacity software , but it takes same time as spotify podcast lenght to generate an mp3 file and you cannot use your pc meanwhile to listen to other Lingq lesson , as it may result in an second input sound source that will be mixed together with spotify while Audacity is recording.

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how can you do this for simplify chinese?

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I have Spotify premium so I can’t address downloading from Spotify. However, have you tried other sources such as the podcaster’s website, Apple Podcasts, Spreaker, etc.? You could also try a different app such as Pocket Casts to see if it will allow you to download the MP3. What is the name of the podcast?

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I asked the same question for traditional Chinese.
Answer: Right now only possible for Japanese.

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Thanks a lot for these improvements.

I suggest consider the option of LLM (large language model AI ) for text to speech within LINGQ itself as voice options.
This would be a game changer. Better do this soon before other language platforms step on it first.

something like this…

amazing!
i currently use for chinese, mainly for simplified lessons or only text lessons but i have to pay monthly… what a pity not yet integrated within lingq. Maybe in the future?
Thanks again for your effort!! 加油 !!!

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I want these AI voices to be added to all my apps haha. Voice Dream is one (the best TTS app for iOS). It used to be a buy once own for life license for the app but after 15 years (ish) the author wanted to retire and sold it to a corporation who immediately tried to implement monthly fees. It would now cost more per month than what I paid just once way back. Yeesh. That TTS voice sounds really really good though. I’m still focusing on reading with Korean but once you get past a certain threshold you can consume tons and tons of content just listening. I’d probably subscribe to this service too then.

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AI voices are definitely something we have on our wishlist. We’ll always be on the lookout for ways to make the app better.

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No, you don’t need to reimport. Just click to edit the lesson and find the Re-split with AI button in the sidebar. This option is only available on the web right now but once split the lesson will appear with the updated splits on all platforms.

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I would simply like to be able to completely delete a lesson and a course. They keep showing up, no matter what I do.

Clicking Remove from Continue Studying should do this for you. For the Course to be removed you will need to remove all lessons you have taken.

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