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New Summary section

I am pleased to announce the addition of a new "Summary" section to each word, phrase or dialogue. This presents, what I think to be, a beautiful summary of what the recording is all about. Strictly speaking it doesn't add any information which isn't already available on the page (with the tiny exception of actually stating how many parts the literal breakdown contains); the page already contains the English, the Thai, and the Literal Breakdown. However, it does add a subtle but important usability aspect to the pages.

Improved recordings player

I have replaced the original recordings player, which used to look as follows:

Original recordings player

with the following design:

new recordings player

What's changed and why? Firstly, what's changed: basically all the buttons and controls which in the context of learning a language had no real value have been removed, and the overall size of the player has been reduced. Specifically

"Alternative meanings (Homophones)" and "See also" word relationships

I am pleased to announce the addition of "Alternative meanings (Homophones)" and "See also" links. What on earth am I talking about? Indeed. Let me give a few examples, and hopefully it'll become clearer.

Improved "Examples of usage" for each Thai word

There are some changes to Lingopolo that make me really very excited; this one here is one of those.  

Over 1000 Thai words!

I am pleased to say that Lingopolo now has over 1000 Thai words!  You can see the exact number by looking at the Thai words lesson. This doesn't even include the Thai phrases, of which there are already hundreds. I try and add a few new Thai words or phrases every day (as you can see from checking the recent additions page).  If you have any Thai words which you would like me to add, do let me know.  I'm off now to add another few words...

New Thai lesson: Kitchen

Following hot on the heels of the new lesson for living room objects in Thai, I am pleased to announce the addition of a new lesson for kitchen objects in Thai.

Firstly, of course, we have the Thai word for kitchen.

We have the Thai words for all the big equipment: oven, refrigerator, washing machine.

Lesson Progress tab added

I am very pleased to announce the addition of a "Lesson Progress" tab for each lesson.  This shows exactly which words are at each level of progress.  

New Thai lesson: Living Room

I am pleased to announce a new Thai lesson: the Living Room.

New words now get announced

Now, whenever you are doing a quiz and see a Thai word for the first time, it gets announced as shown below.  Before, when doing a quiz, you could get tossed a new Thai word and not know whether or not it was new, or whether it was just something which you had forgotten.  This was not very satisfying.  Now, with the new system, whenever you are shown a new word, it is made absolutely clear that the word really is new.

New checkbox for use when you already know a word

I am very pleased to announce the addition of a "Mark this word as fully known" checkbox.  Selecting this checkbox will basically mean that you will not be asked that particular word any more. How does that help?  Well, if you are an advanced learner, and are doing (say) the lesson on animals, if there is a word you already know because you have learnt it before coming to Lingopolo, then you can now tell Lingopolo not to bother you again with that word.  In the screen shown below, if you were to click the "Mark this word as fully known (i.e.

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