Second, I've noticed that when I highlight a phrase or compound word to create a LingQ I can run into problems if the same phrase or compound exists later on in that same lesson. The highlighting of the initial phrase doesn't cause the other instances of that phrase to display the LingQ until you refresh the page. I wonder what kind of issues that might create if you try to LingQ the same phrase twice? I kind of got into the habit of just refreshing the lesson every time I created a “compound LingQ” after I first noticed this so I don't have any examples off hand. Maybe I should have mentioned it earlier?
Regarding the second point, if you highlight the same phrase later in the lesson and click "Search Dictionary" it will open up the LingQ widget with the hint already filled in. At some point we would like to have all instances of the phrase show up as soon as you save the LingQ, but it's a little trickier :)
It is still unusable for me.
I found that beside the problem with the missing traditional character support (now automatically converting to simplified, see http://bit.ly/wDNmYh ) a second problem now has arisen (with the last update?).
I am now unable to create a word from a part of a word.
自我介绍 is one word.
In fact, it isn't. The automatic splitting is wrong.
自我 and 介绍 are two words.
But I am unable to create these two words with the mouse by dragging over that word part (like it was possible last year and before).
好吗 is not a word. Even if the terms 好 and 吗 exist, they are not displayed in yellow!
If I edit the term, it still marks the whole word yellow. After refresh, the word is blue again. If I create the 2 words manually they are not recognized.
So LingQ expects to save words according to the faulty splitting algorithm.
This is a another big step backwards. :-(
Jan. 9, 2012, 12:35 p.m.
You seem to have forgotten the old, good LingQ features so rapidly!?!
"Can I LingQ part of a word?
Any word segments you select can be saved but they will not be highlighted in the text or be listed for that lesson, unless they appear as distinct words in the text. Partial words you save will appear in your list in Vocabulary. You can also add terms directly in the Vocabulary section."
In Chinese, such sub-words overwrote the word splitting.
That's all gone! It's a pity.
And why does the Chinese splitting algorithm work so badly and ignores/removes the own inserted spaces?
好吗 is no word or expression - MDBG says: No results found searching for '好吗'.
When Chinese was BETA at LingQ it worked better than now.
Word splitting -- I studied Chinese on LingQ for the better part of 6 months and had very few problems with this, and none that prevented me from studying the language. It isn't perfect, but neither is any word splitting software, and there are plenty of users who are quite happy to use LingQ to improve their Chinese. In any case, we've had this discussion before :)
Yes, it's now impossible, as explained above. It worked until last December.
You say "plenty of users who are quite happy to use LingQ to improve their Chinese".
That's not quite true: mrgrill and dilemme are also complaining about this issue, see "Separating Chinese Words".
Quite often (in Chinese) you want to save one or two characters and not the whole word.
Jan. 9, 2012, 11:30 p.m.
Jan. 10, 2012, midnight
Even supported languages don't get fixed, no wonder I didn't stand a chance. :)
Jan. 10, 2012, 12:23 a.m.