Highlighting Characters of Choice - Chinese

I suppose this is a splitting difficulty in all the Asian languages here. Which I understand how difficult it must be to make work or improve upon.

In Chinese I often come across characters erroneously highlighted blue as new words, when they are completely separate words that shouldn’t be linked together. I usually deal with these by just clicking the red X to ignore them so they don’t skew the stats. (This makes hitting the all LingQed button at the end of the lesson useless, because it would add a bunch of non-words to known stats. So they have to be manually ignored. But this is understandable and I live with it. I’ve done it so much now it’s not much of a problem anymore.)

The real problem is, there are instances where perhaps several characters are erroneously highlight blue as a new word, when only the first two or last two are the ones that make up the word I’m looking for. After clicking the red X to ignore these and make them white, if I then drag my cursor over only the two-character word, suddenly all will be highlighted blue again! So I can’t choose the word by itself to add it as known or as a new LingQ.

For example, 人生哲学 is highlighted blue. I already have 人生 as a known word. I want to add 哲学 as a known word too, but there is no way to highlight it alone. I ignored the whole group, then tried to highlight just 哲学 but 人生哲学 automatically gets highlighted again as a whole.

Has anyone found a trick to override this?

You have to create and import a text including separated characters on LingQ import page.

For example, I imported the following text to LingQ.

人 生 哲 学
人生 哲学

Please click the following URL to look at this page, and you will know how to separate characters in order to create LingQs well.

How do we make a text including meaningful words?

I use PinConv+ in order to choose meaningful words.
(Sorry, this software is written in Japanese, I didn’t find an English version.)

For example, the following tool is very useful to pick up words.


Thanks a lot for all of that. Very helpful!

I see there is also the Import Vocabulary function on the Vocabulary webpage which allows you to enter and import single words or paste or attach a whole list. From there you can move words straight to ‘known’ or keep them as LingQs for flashcards if they are new to you.

I have the same problem. The workaround proposed may ‘solve’ the problem (thanks Shigeharu), but it is actually very time consuming.
Wish the site would let the user to simply select the character(s) with the mouse.