Unclickable words in French

rdickens gb United Kingdom

I'm having a problem in French where some words have no highlighting and can't be clicked at all. If I highlight the whole sentence the automatic translation won't include the word. Sometimes the formatting will be buggy and the unclickable word will overlap with the word next to it.

For example: https://www.lingq.com/en/learn/fr/web/lesson/26264/chunk/1/word/1

The word delui-même can't be clicked. This occurs both on web (crome and IE) and mobile.

October 10 at 06:28
  • Philemon fr France


    It's actually " de lui-même". There's a mistake. You can translate de lui-même by of himself or itself. But it depends on the meaning of the sentence. I let you search for the meaning of the word in this sentence.

    Good luck.

    October 10 at 08:43
  • miscology gb United Kingdom

    I'm finding this problem all over the french lessons. Just a wild guess, but I think it might have something to do with the single quote, backtick or apostrophe. They look similar but they often have to be handled separately. It's a common programming headache.

    October 10 at 11:47
  • mo5ji fr France

    In my experience it happens with works with a punctuation mark within or around it.

    October 10 at 16:59
  • Administrator
    zoran rs Serbia

    We are already familiar with that issue and hopefully we will have it fixed soon. Thanks for your patience!

    October 10 at 19:59
    • Car2017 de Germany

      Any news about this? It really is a big problem for French.

      January 12 at 11:49
  • Rohim us United States

    Yep, having this problem with some other languages too. Words with a hyphen - seem to be a common theme.

    October 18 at 22:26

    I am having this problem with chinese (learning from English), the system won’t recognise “厮混” and won’t let me create a LingQ

    October 21 at 11:46
  • miscology gb United Kingdom

    This is a pretty bad one for me right now. Any word with an apostrophe such as "lorsqu'on" becomes unclickable. In French this is a lot of words!


    October 21 at 23:55
    • Administrator
      zoran rs Serbia

      I fixed that lesson. If you encounter same problem in any other lesson, just click on the Edit Lesson under the menu and re-split it. That will solve the issue and make all words clickable again.

      October 22 at 04:33
      • miscology gb United Kingdom

        Does this work on courses, because I cannot find the Resplit option on other people's courses even though it's there on my own. For example, Steve's book has a lot of unclickable words, but I cannot see any option to resplit the text.


        October 26 at 21:06
        • rdickens gb United Kingdom

          Yes, I don't see the 're-split' option for courses either. It's still occurs all the time for French content. Any updates on this?

          November 03 at 11:38
          • hdemunck ca Canada

            I have had the same problem for weeks, and have found a jerry-rigged solution that so far has worked every time for me.

            Here are the steps.

            1. Get to your "edit" screen for the faulty lesson.

            2. Choose any word in the lesson with a space ahead and behind it.

            3. Delete the word and the "space ahead and behind".

            4. Type 9 in it's place (anything simple) with the proper space ahead and behind.

            5. Save

            6. Return to that 9 (inserted word) and change it back to the original word.

            7. Save and Open.

            I hope this works for others, until the programmers get it fixed across the system.

            November 03 at 14:55
            • WANGSHANGWEI cn China

              that sounds like the most annoying workaround, the developers should deal with this issue as it has clearly been prevalent for at least 7 months.

              They also keep messing around with the word combinations in Chinese, loads of characters that were previously connected are now singular, making me add them to known and thus making my known word count wildly inaccurate.

              May 27 at 12:17
        • Administrator
          zoran rs Serbia

          You will need to re-split text in each lesson separately, I am affraid it can't be done for the entire course at once. I'll check and fix Steve's book.

          January 13 at 01:31
  • imene_lynda dz Algeria

    can anyone chat with me please ? i won't to improve my french

    November 03 at 16:56
  • Irene777 de Germany

    I am having the same problems, too. For me, it is much more difficult to form LingQs in French than it was in English. The examples are often not helpful or they are incomplete, means not meaningful. To be able editing would help a lot.

    January 12 at 13:23
  • rdickens gb United Kingdom

    7 months and this still hasn't been solved... it's clearly a problem parsing certain punctuation. Is there no intention to ever fix this? It's a pretty serious bug in the core functionality of the site.

    May 24 at 21:27
    • Administrator
      zoran rs Serbia

      We are constantly working on this and fixing all lessons for which this issue is reported or in which we noticed it.

      This issue doesn't exist in newly imported lessons, so anything you import will be imported and split properly. The issue exist in some old imports only and those lessons needs to be re-split again to make all words clickable.

      Unfortunately there is no an easy way to automatically re-split all old lessons without making more damage.

      May 29 at 12:40
      • miscology gb United Kingdom

        I've definitely noticed an improvement in a lot of old lessons so it hasn't gone unnoticed, thank you!

        May 29 at 22:53
      • JFC ca Canada

        Hi Zoran,

        Will you please fix this old lesson (Le manifeste du Linguiste)?


        May 30 at 04:09
        • Irene777 de Germany

          Thank you for this article in French! I was already looking for it in vain.

          BUT: There is a problem, because there are many places in the text "Le manifeste de Linguiste" where 2 words are written without spacing. These words can not be made into a LingQ by click.

          I had this problem in other lessons, too.

          May 30 at 13:25
        • Administrator
          zoran rs Serbia

          @JFC Should be fixed now.

          May 30 at 23:57
          • JFC ca Canada

            Thank you very much Zoran

            May 31 at 03:48