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wulfgar

Can you suggest an alternative to LingQ

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wulfgar

For reasons I won't get into, I'm considering quitting LingQ and using a better tool to help me read. Here are my requirements. 

Must have: Mac compatible. Mouse over/pop-up dictionary with pinyin and english definition.

Nice to have: Free. Memory of the words I know. Color coding of the words I know. Ability to edit/add definitions. Lots of other languages available. A site rather than something to download.

 

Any suggestions?

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naijahusker

Benny Lewis provide for free an online version of "Learning With Texts" (LWT). This is what I use. Unlike Lingq, you will have to import your own reading material and segment it yourself. Here is the link http://lwtfi3m.co/

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wulfgar

Thanks, but I'd prefer not to download anything if possible. I've heard LWT is pretty hard to set up, and I'm not an IT guy.

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naijahusker

It is an ONLINE version. No download necessary. Yes the offline version is an arduous task to setup

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wulfgar

Wow - looks extremely difficult to set up. That's too bad; guess I'll continue my search.

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WeiLe

maybe you can have a look at Vocab Splitter (http://www.vocabsplitter.com). Its functionality is similar to LWT and LingQ. It only supports learning Chinese so far, but it will support more languages in the next few months.

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WeiLe

And also, for learning Chinese, Vocab Splitter seems doing a better job than LWT. It's because LWT can only split single Chinese characters and ignore the meaningful words which may contain multiple characters. Vocab Splitter can split the texts by meaningful Chinese words, which is very similar as LingQ.

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WeiLe

Sorry I was wrong about LWT -- it can also split the Chinese texts by meaningful words. Is there a way to delete my wrong post?

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Shelley
6 hours ago, WeiLe said:

Is there a way to delete my wrong post

 

Not really any need to delete your post, you have clarified your mistake. It can ruin the flow of the thread so its better just to correct yourself in a new post. When you have made 5 posts you can edit posts and then you can fix the error in your post.

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imron
On 9/21/2015 at 2:23 PM, wulfgar said:

Must have: Mac compatible. Mouse over/pop-up dictionary with pinyin and english definition.

I developed a program called Chinese Text Analyser     that does this, but it's not free.  There is a free trial though so you can check it out to see if it suits your needs.

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webmagnets

I made a bookmarklet that works on any* Chinese web page. It lets you click a word and see the pinyin. Then if you need the definition you can click again. I was tired of having to copy and paste text into a tool.

 

Check it out at Pinwean.com.  It is designed to gradually wean you off of pinyin.

 

*If you find a web page where it doesn't work, please let me know in a private message. This is very much beta.

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