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The new "Learn" button for words

I'm extremely pleased to announce the launch of the "Learn" button. This is a wonderful addition (I think), which allows you to go directly into the in context lesson to learn a particular word. If you don't know what an in context lesson is, then have a look at my recent blog post about the new in context lessons.

In context lessons

I am pleased to announce the introduction of a new type of lesson called the "in context" lesson. Basically the "In context" lesson will teach you:

  • the single word (e.g. "dog")
  • all of the examples which use that word (e.g. "the dog and the elephant")
  • all of the vocabulary you need to understand the example sentences (e.g. "and", "elephant")

This is wonderful, because it enables you to effectively practise a single word.

I recommend the recommended lesson

The "Recommended lesson" at the top of the online lessons page is now definitely recommended:

Recommended lesson

Lingopolo now works on Android!

I'm pleased to announce that now Lingopolo will now work on Android.

Well, recent versions of Android at least. I have a Samsung Galaxy SIII from June 2013 (which is less than 2 years ago at the time of writing), and that is stuck on Android version 4.1.2, and Lingopolo will not work on this very old version of Android. Shame.

Lingopolo has however been succesfully tested on Khru Goi's Samsung Note 8 running Android 4.4, and it works!

Happy Lingopolo on-the-go Thai learning to all you Android users.

Introducing the shortcut "Learn" button

I am pleased to announce the introduction of a shortcut "Learn" button. This can be used to immediately start any of the lessons on the Online Lessons page.

Now, it looks like this:

Lessons list now

Previously the list of lessons looked like this:

Lingopolo turning professional

I am in the process of graduating from Founder Institute. This is a 4 1/2 month boot-camp for entrepreneurs. My aim is to take Lingopolo from being a part-time hobby into a viable business. This is good news for you, as it means than I will be able to invest much more time in making Lingopolo the truly world-class language-teaching product which I would like it to be.

Founder Institute logo

"Mark this word as fully known" now not shown if word is already fully known

Until now, whenever you got a question right, Lingopolo would always ask you whether you want to ""Mark this word as fully known (i.e. move it to level 10)":

Mark this word as fully known

Questions answered correctly now not repeated in same quiz

Questions answered correctly are now not repeated in the same quiz. Hooray!

Previously, it was possible when you answered a word correctly in a quiz, for the same word to be asked again. This was of course rather annoying, and not very helpful. Well, I'm pleased to announce that now, as far as possible, if you answer a word correctly, you will not be asked the same word again in that quiz. This of course is how it should be, and no longer annoying, and much more helpful.

I hope that this will help you focus on those words and phrases which you don't yet know so well.

Multi-choice questions now show your wrong answer

Previously, if you were answering a multi-choice question, and got the answer wrong, Lingopolo only showed you the correct answer:

Wrong answer originally

Now, Lingopolo will remind you which answer you wrongly selected:

Wrong answer new

It's only a small change, but a little bit more user-friendly.

Average Level and Words Mastered now displayed on home page

A recent change on the home page is to add the Average Level and the Words Mastered to the home page display.

Previously the home page displayed just the Words Known as follows. The problem with this however is that it gives no indication of whether the words are well known (i.e. have a level approaching 10), or are only very slightly known (i.e. have an average level nearer to 1).

Words Known old

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