Lately, I haven’t been as active as I would like. Part of that is because I’ve been so busy on a new little project of mine, the other part is that I’m studying Japanese so much. 😉 I’d like to share with you the project I’ve been tinkering with, it’s called LangFreQ!
LangFreQ is a website that allows you to find the popularity of words in a given language, using Twitter data. Currently LangFreQ is beta so it only supports three languages: English, Spanish, and Japanese(of course it does Japanese.. I’m studying it..). The results of a word not only show the ranking but they also show the word translated into several other languages. If LangFreQ seems to be relatively useful for a decent amount of people, I’ll definitely add more languages.
Top Words & Search
Top Words is the easiest way to browse the current top words of a language, so that you can simply click page by page and view the results. There exist a top bar above the results so that you can change what language you wish to view the top words for. You can also set the Per Page, so that you only see so many words per page, as well as set the amount of top words you’d like to view. Maybe you only want to see the top 100 words? Or maybe you want to see the top 1000? Set it to what you like.
Currently, there aren’t even 1000 words in the English section. Why is this? Well, it’s beta, and because it’s beta I am testing word lists out. I’ll later “upgrade” to greater word lists and therefore there will be many more results.
The search is pretty obvious. You simply type in a word you’d like to see the ranking for. However, you can also type multiple words with a space in between to view them all at the same time.
Compare is an interesting utility. Basically, you type in a word or phrase and it uses Google Search to determine how many results there are for each word. Which ever has more results is the more popular phrase. One great feature about this tool is that you may want to know what is the more natural way something is said in a given language, or more common way. Often there are more than one way to express something, but generally there is always one common way that is used more than the others.
Last but not least, there is the LangFreQ twitter bot. This tool was generated because Brett over at Rainbowhill gave me this great idea. Definitely go check his blog out, this guy is full of ideas, especially in the Japanese language department! Anyways, the twitter bot is basically just as it sounds.. it’s a bot on twitter that will allow you to ask it to give you the rank of a word, translate a word or phrase from one language to another, or even identify the language of a given word or phrase! You don’t have to follow LangFreQ twitter bot(@langfreq) to use it, but if you’d like to support this project, please do! If you need help with knowing which commands the bot has available, head on over to the @langfreq twitter bot manual. There are more features to be had in this area as well. So, if you think of any feature you’d like for the twitter bot to have, then please mention them to me!
That’s all I wanted to cover with you. Just wanted to basically mention my new beta project, so we’ll see how it works out and if people like it or not. Please, let me know if you find this project horrible, useful, interesting, etc. ALL comments and suggestions will be appreciated.