Importing Audio with Ebook into LingQ

I am using a site called Happy Scribe to transcribe Youtube videos to import into Lingq. I was watching one of Steve’s videos and he said he imported transcripts with the time stamps into lingQ, but he said you have to import it in the Ebook section. How do I import the audio with it? It seems that when I import an ebook, I can’t import the audio file, only text. How do I import both text and audio? The only way I know how is to import it into the “Import Lesson” section, but then the timestamps won’t be there so I can hear the live audio line by line. If anyone could help me with this issue, I would really appreciate it. Thanks.

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You could do the ebook import (hopefully it’s short enough it wouldn’t split it)…and then upload the audio to the lesson after. If the timestamps are somehow included with the happy scribe export and they are in the correct form for LingQ then that should work… i.e. when you go to sentence mode and click “sentence play” it would play the portion associated. (I think)

I’ve not tried importing from Happy scribe so I’m not certain.

The other thing you could do is not worry about Happy Scribe’s timestamps and just import the text. Then upload the audio to the lesson. Then you can click the “Generate Timestamps” button in the “edit lesson” under the “clips” tab. That works pretty well usually. Sometimes you may have to use the “Resplit Text” and then “Generate Timestamps” again.

Hopefully someone else has tried with Happy Scribe before and can give better detail.

Oh, okay, I see.! I figured that had to be a way to add the audio file after importing the lesson, but how do I add the audio after? is it “edit course” and add it from there? I did not see where I could add the audio unless I am overlooking it.

Go to “edit LESSON”. i.e. click on the lesson and the 3 black dots in the right top corner should give you the option to “edit lesson”. Go there. On the left side you should see the option to “upload audio file”. I think it needs to be an mp3, so be sure to convert it if it isn’t already. It will create a “fake url” in that same location. The video is not uploaded yet. Click “save” or “save and open” at the bottom of the lesson. Once you do that they audio is uploaded.

I tried what you said, and unfortunately, there is nothing on the left that says “upload audio” in the ebook section. I went to “Edit Course” and the only thing that can be done is edit title, tags, description and image, level, etc. No option for audio.

Please let me know if you get this to work. I’m also using HappyScribe and I had no idea you could do this with your transcription and timestamps with Happy Scribe. I have some really long passages I’m importing and it would really help to be able use sentence mode to hear the audio.

Hi FluteNinja, Based on what you are describing it doesn’t sound like you’re doing exactly as I’m describing. It sounds like you are Viewing the course and then “editing the course”.

From View Course (On the left hand side of the view I assume you are seeing a list of all the “lessons”. Hopefully it’s just a one lesson “course” (otherwise you’ll have to split up the audio file which makes this a much harder task). If it’s just the one lesson, click on the lesson itself. Once you are in the lesson (as if you were going to read it). At the top right above the lesson, there should be 3 dots (you may see something that’s labeled “Full Text” right next to this). Click the 3 dots and “edit lesson”. You don’t want to be editing the course.

If you do go into “Edit Course”. Scroll down and you should see the lesson(s) listed and hyperlinked. Click on the specific lesson you want to upload audio to, this will bring you to the “edit lesson” view where you can upload audio to that lesson.

Again, my hope is you just have one lesson you’re dealing with here. If you have multiple lessons, you’ll have to split the audio up associated to each part of the lesson. That is beyond my knowledge at this point. If that’s the case, then I’d just save off the audio as an mp3 from Happy Scribe and just stick it in your playlist and read along with LingQ if you are trying to work both reading and listening together. You can play/pause/stop/rewind from your mp3 player of choice be it a device or your computer itself.

So, I just imported my first Happy Scribe transcript with audio and timestamps. And it works great in Sentence Mode. Maybe this is what you are trying to do?

Here is what I did:

I imported an audio file mp3 into Happy Scribe. I proofread and edited as needed. Then I hit the “Download” button in Happy Scribe. It gave me several export options. I chose the first option, which for me is <Subtitle .SRT> (I think you can chose any option that ends in .srt There is also a Facebook .srt option that I think you can use)

Then, in LingQ, I chose the “Import Ebook” option. I dragged the new .srt file into the lingq window and waited. LinqQ created a lesson with just text. Then I added the .mp3 file that I originally imported into Happy Scribe.

Then i saved the lesson. And that was it. it works great now in Sentence mode. Is this what you are after? Can you add the audio after like I did?

Edit: Just to be clear, the .SRT file that you can export from Happy Scribe contains all the timestamp information that you will need for LingQ. And LingQ accepts this format!

Ahhh, now I see. Got it! Sorry for the misunderstanding! I have one final question. I added time stamps via Happy Scribe, but when I imported the lesson as an ebook and added the audio, when I go into sentence mode with the timestamps added, it does not read it in the natural voice. Instead, text to speech reads it. Is there something I’m doing wrong?

You were not successful.

I download the .srt from Happy Scribe, then import the .srt into LingQ.

Then I add the mp3 after to the LingQ lesson.

It has to be the same mp3 you used in Happy Scribe.

And that’s it.

By the way, did you try “Clips” - this is a totally different method, but its pretty cool also.

EDIT: You can go to the Russian Beginner Course “Modern Russian 1” and find “Lesson 10 Reading and Writing”. This is a lesson I was successful with. You can try it in sentence mode and see what happens.