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Happy 1st birthday to Lingopolo!

Submitted by Hugh on 29 September 2013

One year ago today, on 29th September 2013, Lingopolo was born!

This is perhaps a good time to reflect on what has been achieved so far. I say so far, because there are many things I still want to do with the website to make it even better. But as I pause and take a look at what has been achieved already, I must admit that I am very happy with the progress so far toward the vision I have for Lingopolo.

Already the website has over 1700 words, over 500 phrases, and over 20 dialogues (as of today there are 1701, 557 and 22 respectively).

Over 2000 Thai recordings!

Submitted by Hugh on 7 September 2013

I am pleased to say that Lingopolo now has well over 2000 Thai recordings!

Indeed, at the moment of writing there are 2091 Thai recordings, consisting of 1611 Thai words, 481 Thai phrases, and 18 Thai dialogues.

I unfortunately missed the moment when Lingopolo passed the 2000 Thai recordings mark, but I am pleased to also announce a new Thai Statistics page to be able to more easily see exactly how many recordings there currently are.

For the record, here is a list of the progress so far:

New quiz type: Multi-choice

Submitted by Hugh on 21 August 2013

I am very pleased to officially announce a new quiz type: multi-choice. It's been around in an early form for about a month, but now I'm finally happy with the way it works, I'm happy to announce it.

Example of selecting the multi-choice quiz type:

multi-choice quiz type

New Summary section

Submitted by Hugh on 10 June 2013

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

Submitted by Hugh on 2 June 2013

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