Since the system is not yet customized for Japanese, I thought this would be a good time to bring up a discussion about counting words in Japanese and see what other users opinions are on the matter. Before any work is done, maybe our preferences can be considered while it is being programmed.
I believe Steve likes to count each conjugation of a word as a separate word. This will mean that each of the following forms of “speak” is one word.
That’s about 30 “words” but the real difference is the grammar. I feel it is only one word and in the dictionary you are only going to find one entry, that is 話す. Once you understand the grammar, you can understand how the meaning changes without studying each form of the word.
My point is, when LingQ says I know 10,000 Japanese words, what does that really mean? Does it mean I am advanced? Or will it mean that I only know a tenth as many words as it says? There is a big difference between knowing 1,000 words and 10,000 words. If a learner thinks he knows 10,000 words but really doesn’t, he will become discouraged because he does not yet understand much Japanese. If he knows 10,000 LingQ words in Chinese, he will know and understand a lot!
One of the ideas I like about LingQ is having some visible evidence to be able to judge where I am at in the language that I am learning. I think a function could be added in LingQ that tells me, out of all my known words, how many unique Kanji there are. Then I will know exactly how many Kanji I know. I dislike estimates. Everybody estimates wrong. I cannot keep track of everything on my own. But now with LingQ I can!