I have spent way to much time in MS Paint trying to demonstrate the changes I consider to be a potential important improvement.
Currently, there are three different text views, which each have their own advantages, but none of them combine the best of all of them.
My suggestion combines the three text views into a single view. Please see the attached image below.
A big issue for me is that I like to read and listen at the same time, BUT
– 1) Often the timestamps of the audio don’t match, so I can’t use the sentence mode playback button.
– 2) The sentence mode playback is full speed
– 3) The play button is very very small, leading to lots of mis-clicks and frustration.
– 4) There’s no visual indication of which phrase the audio is at in relation to the part of the text that is on my screen.
– 5) I have to open another UI view mode to change audio speeds.
– 6) I have to press pause, then -5 sec, then play, many many times during reading/listening.
How I read:
I like to read and listen at the same time. I like to listen/read at a slow speed, so I have more time to hear the nuances in pronunciation, and I have more time to pay close attention to the words.
When I have created LingQs for a phrase, then I like to rewind and hear that phrase again, now that I understand the words.
So the flow goes like this:
- Press play
- I hear/read sentence
- Quickly press pause (often mis-clicking the small button, so the next sentence is being read, while my brain was expecting playback to be paused).
- Press blue words, create LingQs.
- Press “5 second rewind”.
- Press play
- Read/listen to the sentence again, and let it continue into the following (new) sentence
So basically I read/listen to most sentences twice - creating LingQs in between the first and second reading.
Current sentence in the new UI suggestion:
In my suggestion, the current sentence is highlighted clearly in the middle, and a large font. This is useful for me because I have a certain use-case:
- I like to re-read/re-listen to lessons while I’m on my bicycle (on a long, wide, and empty cycle path - I live in Europe). I always put safety first. I like to mount my phone on my handlebar. So while I’m listening, the narrator might say a word that I don’t remember. Then I like to look down on my screen to see that word (which is often enough for me to remember the word).
Here is a representation/mockup of my suggestion, and some notes on how it combines the best of the three existing view modes:
(Right-click and press “open image in new tab” to see a large version - or simply go to https://i.imgur.com/JubleCz.png)
I have put lots of thought into this suggestion.
In fact, it’s based on lots of frustrations, which have sadly lead me to use LingQ less and less.
I sincerely hope the team at LingQ will give this suggestion some consideration.
Please let me know if you have any questions.