Now that I am such a power user of dictation (I am on my second day, which counts as disciplined power user in my book), I have a favour to ask:

When I do French dictation, I really cannot always remember whether a word appears with a plural -s in the text, or not… My own typing mistakes are bad enough, I don’t need additional red…

Would it be possible to have a button that overrides the dreaded red cross?

All right, Power User (SanneT), how does one get to dictation? I’ve never used it on LingQ, as I didn’t realize there was such a facility. (Directions for French would work for me; it’s a language common to us both.)

Be in French, go to Learn, select vocabulary, et viola, I mean voilà, you find dictation between Cloze Test and Multiple Choice. A great toy, sorry, tool.

Thanks! That was quick. Just what I needed to know. The LingQ vocab. facilities I seldom use, as I like writing things out by hand, but maybe this will get me started. Power on, Power User!

I have a huge supply of lovely notebooks thanks to my son´s obsession with stationery - he inherited our obsession but has taken it to a very high level - and I so use my pens a lot. I don´t normally visit the vocab page, however, since I decided to take up the Language Challenge, I wanted to try it out. I quite like it now!

@SanneT - Are you saying you want to override the system when you get it wrong? :slight_smile:

Nobody’s keeping track of your mistakes. You can just pretend it was right or simply use the arrow keys to go back and do it again correctly. Sorry but we aren’t going to build in an override function for that.

Thank you for encouraging me to cheat. There was me thinking you had some background stats which would eventually expose me as a rotten speller. :slight_smile:

Now, wouldn’t that be something for lovers of statistics… one can but ask!

SanneT, You or your son wouldn’t know of a good Internet source of unruled notebooks, bound or spiral bound, would you? They’re almost impossible to find at a reasonable price, nowadays. (Just an aside.)

Russian presents the same problem that French does, at least for me. -ие and -ии, -ей and -ой, -е and -и, and a host of others, especially at the ends of words, often sound the same to my aging ears. Hence–

mark, This is a very nice facility. Thanks! For your todo list, could perhaps making it available for longer phrases or sentences be a possibility?

. . . Ah, I see that it is, if the item saved is a phrase. Very nice. That will be a very good spelling-cum-syntax checker. Saving phrases does not mess up the database for other users, does it?

So, SanneT, perhaps saving phrases that show enough of a sentence to indicate whether a word would have silent letters might improve your statistics?

I’ll ask around!

Yes, Russian dictation must be a nightmare, I have skipped it so far. As to saving longer phrases, yes, that would be ideal. I might start doing that. For now, I would have to edit the flashcards, something which would be reinforcing my learning… but it is a lot of work.

Ernie, my son said there are several stationers on e-bay and that it may be worthwhile having a look at them. The main internet sellers of stationery in the UK are: Amazon, Staples, Office World. It may look similar in the US.

For lovely - tough mostly faintly lined - notebooks I love Muji, there are several shops in London and no doubt elsewhere in the UK. If you have them in the US, do go and have a look at the grey A4 notebooks. They are supple and quite thin, so not too heavy when travelling. Happy writing!

Thanks very much, SanneT. Muji U.S. (online) has A4 binders and paper. “Plain” is what the style is called, rather than “unruled,” “unlined,” or “blank,” which I’ve searched for. Muji looks quite promising…

Good luck, Muji have lovely stuff! I am still intrigued how Hemingway managed to write with a fountainpen in his beloved Moleskin notebooks. Mine always shows through. Well, I am no Hemingway… I have to use a biro.

As to the Vocab tools: I am now starting my reviews with the Cloze Test, seems a bit easier that way - context helps a lot. After that I either do flashcards or dictation. I leave mutiple choice for last, it’s the least interesting, interesting for me, that is.

@Sanne T I like the way to think :slight_smile:

Thanks, how nice! Some people wouldn’t call it thinking, though…