Do you like this new feature or is it a distraction?

What do you think of this new feature? This black line appears sentence by sentence while listening to the text. Does it help you to focus on the meaning of the sentences or does it hamper? I just noticed this feature today. Thanks

Attached is the screenshot. I am using web version.

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To me it is more like a distraction, but there is no option to switch it off. (At least I could not find any.)

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How do we turn this off? This is heavily distracting! We have already discussed this on iOS and there is the option to turn it off.

TURN IT OFF! Thank you.

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I like it because I often listen to podcasts and will glance away from the transcript if the material isn’t too hard. This helps me easily find my place when I come back without stopping the audio.

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@zoran can we add the option to turn it off in the same way iOS is? It is very annoying if done daily for multiple languages. Thank you.

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I agree with you. There should be a button to turn if off. It should not be removed at all if it is useful to some learners. It can be useful for someone who easily zones out or is easily distracted by internal thoughts while doing L-R .

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The idea is nice. It’s just that the sharp black lines are to aggressive. If you have level 4 words (which I have a lot) you have double lines in the text (like in the screenshot).
An option to turn it off would be nice but even better if they also make something thats smother on the eyes. Like maybe some soft green highlighting or a small dot at the left side of the text instead of these thick lines below the text.

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I also like it. If I’m editing a lingQ on the fly when reading while listening, it is easier to find my place again without pausing, and I don’t find it distracting otherwise. Obviously if you could toggle it on and off, all user preferences can be addressed.

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The thing is I can not change my setting of making words known. I am so used to it now. I have set level 4 setting for known words. This dot underline under a word triggers me if I forget the meaning of an already known word . It shows me that at onepoint in time I knew the word. I have never used level 5 setting. For the same reason you outlined above, I found it a little bit distracting. Your color hightlighting suggestion as a solution seems neat.

Just yesterday I thought that it would be nice to have something like it, and here it is today. Needless to say, I like it. I can’t look at a text without reading it and when I want to concentrate on listening, I in any case turn away, so it doesn’t distract me. But when I actually want to see the text that is being read at the moment, it helps me quickly find the right spot.

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I also find it hard on the eyes. It is an extra layer for the eyes as well. Wait after you will have thousands of lines read that way than you tell me. For casual users might be not a problem, but for the others…

I use the level 4 too to remind me of words that have more than 1 meaning, and that I find it hard to remember. With these thick underlines it becomes more difficult to spot them. An extra effort for the eyes that I personally don’t need.

Just a switch on/off would do.

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I like this feature a lot, especially on the mobile app. :blush:

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I like it too. I think it’s very useful for all the reasons others already mentioned.

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I’m starting to change my mind. I didn’t like it very much at first, but I used it today on my e-reader (which has a much bigger display than my phone), and I actually liked it. I guess it might be too thick for smaller displays. Perhaps settings of the line would be useful.

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To me it’s a terrible distraction, especially as it not always following the text, adding up to the beta-feeling of this software as a whole.
It also seems to consume a lot system resources, everything being a lot slower now. With this feature (or other “features” I can no longer edit LingQs on the fly - opening a yellow or blue word now takes approximately 25 seconds , so I need to pause the audio every time I want to click on a lingq. Wish it could be turned off.

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just in case, I added this support request to add the settings to turn it on/off like on iOS: https://forum.lingq.com/t/missing-setting-for-turning-onoff-underline-text-in-webapp/183203/

Another thing, it seems it is not consistent. Today I have noticed that sometimes there was a line, sometimes there wasn’t! This is creating an additional distraction.

Plus, I don’t understand why this underlining is present when we are in sentence by sentence mode.
I thought I could temporarily get rid off it in sentence by sentence mode, by playing the audio and clicking the arrow to advance, but the underlining appears there too, which doesn’t make any sense. Imho.

I noticed that when I pause and unpause the audio, the line often disappears for a while. That’s a pity, because of course that’s exactly when I could often use help finding my place again!

In general, I strongly agree with making it optional – for my own part, I like it, though!

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If it was a continuous line, it might be alright, but we should still be able to turn it off. Underlining each word is highly distracting to me.

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I like the idea of it, but the heavy black line is too overpowering (I can’t imagine a double black line), and I would also like to option to turn it off (because,as much as I think it’s a good idea, it is distracting and I will turn it off).

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I think it could be useful, but I find it distracting as it is often not in sync with the audio. An on/off button would be a welcome addition to this feature.

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