LingQing Phrases within Phrases

Is there a way, once I have created a link for a phrase, and that phrase later appears in a longer phrase that I want to link, to link that latter, longer phrase? E.g., I linked months ago “Je veux”, but now I want to link and save “ce que je veux dire . . . .”

@CTaylor - It should work fine. Just highlight the longer phrase then save it and it will be added to your Vocabulary page. The site may get a bit confused as far as which phrase to display, especially when you’re saving a longer version of a phrase that already contains LingQed words (hopefully that makes sense), but the phrase will appear properly in your LingQs of the Day emails just like your other saved words and phrases.

Oh that’s interesting. I’ve never been able to link a phrase that contains a linked phrase already. I highlight the longer phrase, with my mouse, using Chrome, and it refuses to highlight the larger phrase. The one perhaps key difference I’m seeing between what I asked and what you have replied is a “phrase that already contains LingQed words”. Yes, I can do that, so long as the original lingQ is just one word. But I can’t link “ce que je vue dire” once I’ve linked “je veux” in a previous lesson.

I find that sometimes LingQ allows me to link a phrase that contains a linked phrase already-- sometimes it does not.

@CTaylor - The system seems to get confused when stacking phrases, but I’ve made a quick screencast that shows it should be possible:

I have to create phrases very frequently because of the word splitting in Japanese so I run into this issue on a regular basis. Sometimes when it wont let me highlight the phrase I want, I’ll go into the vocabulary section and manually import the phrase. If I’m lucky, it will display in the lesson.

@cgreen0038 - Good to know. We’ll see if we can improve the handling of phrases that contain LingQed words or phrases.

Sometimes the system will allow it and other times it won’t.

Alex: My sense after paying more attention to this issue is that the system allows phrase to be linq’d when there is an existing linq’d phrase within it only when that already-linq’d phrase does not fall at the beginning or end of the new phrase. If there are words surrounding the old linq’d phrase, then it works. Otherwise it doesn’t. Does that give you guys a clue as to how you maybe able to address the issue?


@CTaylor - Good to know, that is helpful! While this issue isn’t at the top of our list, we’ll see what we can do to get it working properly.