This idea just crossed my mind a minute ago as I was reading through a lesson, and perhaps it has already been discussed (or perhaps it is already a feature and I just haven’t figured it out yet), but maybe there should be a way to combine certain lingqs under the same “umbrella” or however you would like to call it. Some examples I can come up with are for, say languages that have gender agreement in adjectives. For instance, I am studying Italian at the moment and for any given adjective there can usually be up to four different variations of it (masc. sing., masc. plural, fem. sing., and fem. plural).
ie: un amico italiano, gli amici italiani, un’amica italiana, le amiche italiane
I will undoubtedly come across all four of them eventually, and my Known Words count will increase by four, when in actuality I have only learned one word.
The same goes with verbs. Some sort of feature to umbrella all verbs under the infinitive for instance might be quite useful. This might present other problems of course, but for perhaps at least just the simple present tense conjugations, it would be useful to simply link them all to the infinitive and say, “Alright… I know this verb.”
Anyway, this is just a thought that happened to cross my mind and I was wondering what the rest of you might think about it. Oh, also this is my first post here on the forums, so hello to everyone!
I’ve made a suggestion that comes close to yours recently: http://www.lingq.com/learn/en/forum/2/11936/
I think LingQ alreadyhas this in the form of tags. See the ‘Tag+’ sign in the LingQ box
Welcome to the forum! Keep in mind that at LingQ we consider each separate form of a verb or adjective as an individual word. We do this deliberately. Every word is different and until you have seen it in use you do not know it. We have been asked before to group words under the infinitive, for instance, and this is not something we intend to do particularly as it relates to the Known Words statistics. You are free to identify words as related by using the Tags as dooo suggests. You can then filter by tag on the Vocabulary page.
Mark, the tags are nice, but to create a tag for each infinitive would mess up the tags. As I suggested earlier I would prefer to have an additional database field to save the infinitive form. I don’t mind the statistic. If you count every word form it’s fine for me as long as I know about this fact. But to save the infinitive form would be a huge improvement! Completely amazing would be if we would get access to a grammar website with the inflections of the basic word. A dream would become true
Vera, we are not planning on adding a new field but you can add the root form of the term to your Hint. Right now, we can add grammar resources and we do have some in French for example we link to Le Conjugueur. Let us know if there is another resource you would like to see and we will try to add it.
That is what I do at the moment. The problem is if you add the root form to the Hint, you cannot use the reverse Flashcards. That is why I would love to have another field.
In that case, we may have something that can help you in our upcoming revisions to the vocabulary section and LingQ widget. Please be patient and stay tuned…
I’m looking forward to the upcoming features.
I would like to have the pronounciation in phonetic alphabetic form. I know it would not be useful for everyone, but it can be very useful for those that knows the phonetic alphabet. The loudphone is not the same thing, you don’t “see” the prononciation (the two things are very useful).
You may want to look at some of the dictionaries linked to from the LingQ widget. Several of them contain IPA (depending, of course, on the language you are studying), and you can copy and paste this into the hint if you like.
If there is a dictionary that you would like to see on here but hasn’t yet been added, please let us know and we will see what we can do.