Problem with nonwords in an article

Sometimes an article has nonwords that are in blue, indicating that they are words I do not know. An example is the name of the website, which is the source of the story or a word in another language. I am studying Spanish, and one article had an ancient Aztec word. Also, some stories have names of places that are neither words that I want to study with the flashcards, nor are they vocabulary words that I know.

If I ignore nonwords, words in another language or names of places, they will be added to my known vocabulary list when I click on the button to indicate that I know all the remaining words. It would be wonderful to have an ignore button.

I like that you have added recognizing a conjugated form of a verb and showing the infinitive in the definition/hint. You just keep inproving lingq.

Many thanks.


It would be nice to be able to ignore non-words. It is even doable. It would mean checking each word against a recognized list of “approved words” in each language, existing languages and languages that we will add. The cost and effort, and likely slowing down of the system that would be involved, just do not encourage us to pursue this. Please accept the fact that some of the words that you are given credit for have not been earned. Your secret and ours!

Steve you’ve gotten even better at explaining away the non-word thing, touché.

Wouldn’t it at least be feasible to ignore numbers? I’m fairly sure that, across the board, none of the LingQ languages treat “2” or “1984” as a word…

I’m wondering if you could have a button that we users could push to ignore a proper noun, a number, a nonword, or an obscure word. By pushing that button a word would not be counted as one of our known words nor would we have to make a flashcard for it. I’m not asking that your system have a master list of “approved” words.

Josh and Jacki these are good ideas but not something we will be able to look at in the short term. Thanks for the input.

It would be nice to have this and it has been asked for before. It is in our list of future enhancements. I can’t promise when we will get to it but we do plan on adding this ability.

One of the problems is when the numbers (=ordinals) take letters (such as 1st, 2nd, 3rd in English) and/or are conjugated according to gender and case (like 4-ого, 5-ой in Russian. There is probably a way to get around this, but I wonder if the texts here have so many dates/years/ordinals that they will mess up the word count.

I’ve been clicking on non-words and when the create a lingq box pops up, i click “delete” at the bottom. Which i think removes it from being highlighted, without adding it to words that i already know.
I’ve never really checked to see if it went to the words i know list or not.
But that’s what I’ve been doing with names, numbers, ect.