Read for pleasure and super‑fast language acquisition
The best way to learn a language is to form productive habits, and what easier habit to form than browsing the web? Turn your addiction into a powerfull learning tool with the redesigned Web Reader.
After getting a great reception on various language learning and productivity blogs, I figured it was time to improve the web reader to help you read even faster, more comfortably, and put your web browsing habit to good use.
To benefit most from this you should have a basic understanding of your chosen language, if you don’t then I’d recommend starting with a beginner course. Top of my list would be 1) a good teacher in-person or over Skype, 2) a Michael Thomas audio course and 3) Duolingo. Alternatively, feel free to jump in at the deep end and use Readlang to puzzle your way through some native content.
Here’s how it’ll help you:
Switch between old Replace mode, and the new Above mode, which scribbles the translation as a gloss above the original word.
This will give you the correct meaning 95% of the time, and let you carry on with minimum disruption to your reading flow.
Less disruption => More enjoyment => Habit forming
If a word isn’t correctly translated in-line, you can open a popup dictionary. This is now posisioned neatly to the left or right of your main browsing window:
The Readlang toolbar is smaller and stays out of your way allowing you to enjoy the web page. If it is annoying in the default top-right location, click the Menu button and set it to one of the other page corners
On mobile devices, the toolbar shrinks down, allowing access to all functions from the Menu button
Click to translate works on links just like other text. To open the link, simply hover over it and click the Open Link → popup which appears.
On mobile devices, a little clickable → arrow will appear next to each link while the Web Reader is active.
Once opened, the Web Reader will stay open while you browse different pages within the same tab. To close it, simply select Close from the menu.
This isn’t new but is worth repeating…
Every word and phrase you translate is converted into a flashcard. And not just any old flashcard, these advanced flashcards offer:
Each of the 50+ languages has a popular links page, full of news, blogs, short story sites, etc… The less popular languages may only have small selections, but the pages for the popular languages are well populated and extremely useful, e.g.: English, Spanish, French, German, etc…
With more people now using Readlang, there are more and higher quality popular links than before, so if you haven’t been there in a while, now is a good time to check again.
I really hope these new tools help to improve your language skills. There’s still plenty more good stuff to come, if you want to contribute to the direction of Readlang’s progress, please vote for your favorite ideas on the feedback forum.
If you like this or find it useful at all, please don’t keep it to yourself, consider if you have friends who may benefit. It is ideally suited for anyone who spends a lot of time on the web and wants a fresh approach to language learning.Tweet comments powered by Disqus