New Tutorial Mode, Related Phrases, Text-to-Speech on Popups

Tutorial Mode

We are constantly looking for ways to make it easier for newbies to get started using LingQ. You will now find our newest innovation Tutorial Mode when you go to the Lesson page. You will see the Tutorial Mode tab beside the Standard View and Quick LingQs tabs. If you select this tab, you will be led through your lesson step by step. There is a short explanation or instruction from Steve for each step and specific functions on the page are pointed out. We hope this will be helpful for new users and even some of you existing users who may still be unsure of the best way to use LingQ. We would very much welcome any feedback on this new feature.

Related Phrases

Another new wrinkle for the Lesson page is a list of Related Phrases which appears at the bottom of blue popups whenever the word you are looking at is part of a phrase that has previously been LingQed. Very often you may not even recognize that the word you are looking at is part of a phrase and even if you do, this will speed up the LingQing of this phrase. As with all highlighted terms, you will be able to hover on the suggested phrase and see user hints and a google translation and create a LingQ with 1-click.

Text-To-Speech on Popups, LingQ Widget

Another wrinkle for the Lesson page blue and yellow popups is the addition of text-to-speech. You will now be able to use text-to-speech for your terms on all yellow popups and the LingQ widget (all members) and on the blue popups (paying members).

Looks very very good. I like both the Tutorial Mode and the Related Phrases. Very helpful!

Some remarks:

Step 2 of the Tutorial view looks a bit strange here:

Step 5 (Flashcards) has a (minor) space problem:

(Chrome on Mac)

Thanks, hape! :slight_smile:

The reason you’re experiencing these issues is that your browser width is too small so (1) the text in the first one is squished down past the blue container and (2) the flashcard doesn’t display completely.

By the way, we just pushed another update to the Lessons. We have added a dedicated Lesson Notes tab for each lesson. These will appear in the Resource tabs along with Videos, Translations, etc… A lesson provider or editor can add these in the Edit Lesson screen just like adding a Translation. We hope this will offer an easier to access way of adding and viewing lesson notes. Content contributors - please start adding notes!

Love the text-to-speech in Russian popups and flashcards. Why isn’t it there for Japanese? Is it something technical?

The TTS is provided by Google, so the issue is likely on their end. It could simply be that Google’s API doesn’t yet support Japanese. We can look into it again to see what the case might be now.

Google TTS works well for Japanese: – おはようございます! – 日本語

These are great updates! Oh my goodness, LingQ is now irresistible.

I have also noticed that one can now batch delete imported collections/lessons from the import page, it would be equivalent to suicide for a content provider, but still, it may come in useful from time to time.

Not so much suicide as throwing an epic hissy fit :wink:

Hi Mark,

thank you for all the new features. They are great.

One suggestion: I guess that it is not obvious for people now that “…” means to create a new hint. You should think about a way to point this out more. I’m an experienced user but I’ve to think now, where I should click :slight_smile:

That’s a tricky one, Vera. I know what you mean and we thought of “Check Dictionary” or “Check Dictionary and Create Hint” but the “…” certainly makes that button look different from the others which are definitions. Perhaps we should put “Check Dictionary” but align the text to the right…

What about “New hint”? Because often when I click on that it’s because I already know what the word or phrase means, I just want to create a flashcard for it and type in my own notes.

Or a blue widget “+ New Hint” which is more obvious…

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. We’ve now added the words “Search Dictionary” to the bottom button the blue popup. Please refresh the page to make sure it’s working properly.