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Phrases get Thai text added

One change I have just finished is the automatic calculation of the Thai text for phrases. The image below shows how one of the Thai phrases previously looked.  Although each of the individual words may well have the Thai text, the phrase itself did not.  Of course, it would have been possible for me to treat each of the Thai phrases as if they were individual words, and simply to manually add the Thai text.

Little usability enhancements to lesson pages

I have made a few small usability enhancements to the lesson pages which I'll go through here.  Each one of them is very small, almost unnoticable, but for Lingopolo to be really easy-to-use, it is the attention to such details which can make all the difference between a user saying "I really like using Lingopolo.com..." and them thinking the opposite because it becomes difficult to use.  The user usually won't know what makes a site difficult or easy to use; the answer is usually the cumulative effect of all the design decisions small and large.

Over 700 vocabulary

I'm adding new words all the time, but I'm pleased to see that the website now has over 700 vocabulary items...

Over 700 vocabulary

New online Thai lesson: Family

I was doing work getting the literal breakdown of words like younger brother, older brother correct when I realised that a useful group would be family.

New page showing recently added words

I've just added a new page which shows the recent additions.  This is a handy way to see the most recent words or phrases which have been added to the site, and also is a good view on how much work I have been doing recently.  Or not been doing recently.

Recent additions

Now added a "Thai" column to the dictionary

Now I have begun to add the Thai script to each word, I have now added a "Thai" column to the Thai dictionary.  What you will notice from the screenshot below is that at the moment many of the words (in fact most of the words) do not currently have the Thai added.  That's my next job, to add the Thai script to each word.  Every word has got a recording of the Thai, but now I need to add the Thai script to each word...

Lesson words now shown with the Thai script version

Now that I'm starting to display words with the Thai script I have added a column with the Thai script version of the words to the words shown when viewing a lesson.  This should be great if you are able to read Thai a little (which I am starting to).  The Thai version of the word links of course directly to the page for that word.

Words now with Thai script!

I had resisted having any Thai script on the site; mostly because I wanted to keep the site focussed on the aural-oral approach, but also because I don't yet read Thai, so it wasn't useful for me.  And since I'm the main user of the site, I decided I wanted to focus on other things: quantity of vocabulary and phrases, and functionality of the website itself (i.e. how the website technically interacts with the user).  Well, now I'm learning to read Thai, I decided that the website would be better with the Thai transcription for each word.  So, that's what each word will now have.

Thai alphabet lesson

After six months of learning Thai using only a listening and speaking approach (aural-oral), I decided that it was more and more necessary to learn to read Thai.  My principal aim is still to learn to understand and speak Thai (rather than to read it and write it), but I was beginning to feel frustration sometimes that I could not read some of the material that might help me to understand and speak.  So, this week, I made the decision that I would now make the effort to learn to read Thai.

Thai dialogues also given the Literal breakdown column treatment

In the Index of Thai dialogues I have now added a "Literal breakdown" column, similar to the one I have just added for the index of Thai phrases.  Here the phrases in the breakdown have been arranged in an unordered list for clarity, rather than in a single row.  The adding of the dialogue breakdown makes this index much more easy to use, since it is clear at a glance what each dialogue contains.

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