Don’t worry I’m not reporting a problem but I have a question. I noticed words have 1 to 4 stars to them and was wondering how you guys figure out how many stars to give a certain word. For example, top 1000 words might receive a 4 etc…
One thing that raised an eye brow with me was the word “attraktiv”- attractive in German only received 1 star, seemed kind of odd, considering how common the word is used here in Canada. Maybe words like hübsch or schön are more preferable to them.
and also, can someone explain what that function really is? And how to sort out the most important words.
@teddy277 - those stars indicate how important/popular the word is in each language based on the frequency with which the term appears in all the lessons in our library. Of course, it is not 100% precise, but it gives you an idea about the importance of the word.
Remember that in German, there are many forms for each adjective (gut, gute, guter, guten…), so even though an adjective may be very popular, one particular form of it may not. However, I think the problem is something else. I reported a while ago that there was an error in the reading interface. When reading in a lesson, all of the LingQs have one star, no matter how important they are. This appears not to have been fixed yet.
I’m afraid I have never noticed those stars, where can they be seen?
“@teddy277 - those stars indicate how important/popular the word is in each language based on the frequency with which the term appears in all the lessons in our library. Of course, it is not 100% precise, but it gives you an idea about the importance of the word.”
I all ready know this. I guess what I was curious about was what criteria gives a certain word a star. In the Macmillan dictionary they give the most frequent words red stars. The word economic gets 3 stars, curtain gets 2 stars, banana 1 star and the word paradigm doesn’t get a star for example.
They consider 7,500 words to be the core of the English language. Over 90 percent of written and spoken English falls within this core language. The top 2500 getting 3 the next 2500 getting 2 and the last 2500 receives 1 star. After that the words are black and don’t receive a star, meaning there not core words an are beyond the top 7500 words.
I was just curious if lingq has a similar system how they give out stars.
why if study english with fast and fluent?
@teddy277 - Ours is based on something similar, though I don’t know the exact cut-off points. Effectively it’s the same concept though - words that appear more frequently in our database of words are given a higher importance/frequency ranking. More stars means the word is more frequent.
Hopefully this helps answer your questions
Just in case you have not read my post further up, which would be natural since there are a lot of posts and you can’t read them all, there appears to be an error in the reading interface that means all words have one star, no matter how common they are. Just pointing this out.
@ColinJohnstone - My apologies, I did miss your post above!
Yes, that’s right. We’ve got that one on our list. In the meantime, it should still be working properly on the Vocabulary page, so that would probably be the best place to go to view your “important” LingQs at the moment.