I haven’t been posting much at all lately and mostly it’s because I’ve been so busy with the holidays, but also because I wanted to crank out the new LangFreQ Beta v1.1 with new features. I’ve been working hard to get these out and while I think these features are a vast improvement on the site, or an addition if you will, I think it will be a long time before I say LangFreQ is out of “beta”.
Features, Features, Features
The main features have all been focused toward the Japanese section of this website currently, so I’ll be honest and say that not much has been done for anyone but the Japanese learners. However, the features I have implemented, I plan on eventually implementing something similar for other languages such as English, Spanish, etc.
Words and Kanji
Alright, on to the first feature! Before I was just tracking Japanese kanji because I didn’t have(or know of) a way to parse a Japanese sentence and pretty much “break” it down automagically. Then I found out about MeCab, which is what jDictionary uses, and my eyes were open. So the first new feature is the fact that I now track Japanese words as well as Japanese kanji. Currently, I’ve ranked over 15,000 words and 2,500 kanji. Yes, you read that correctly. I also happened to upgrade the Kanji list and so there should eventually be a lot more kanji recorded than before.
One of the other things requested to be “fixed” was that the website didn’t provide any info on any of the kanji. Meaning, you could look at Top Words or search for a word, but it would just show the word and nothing else. Well, not anymore. If you’re looking at a Japanese word, you can now hover over the word to see information about it. If the word contains any kanji(not kana), you can click the kanji and additional details will pop up.
So if you take a look at the picture above you’ll notice that when I hovered over the word 今日(きょう / kyou), that it told me more information about it. This information is pulled from EDICT, so whatever definition EDICT has, it will show it to you. But what if you want to know more about a particular kanji . . .
Just click on one of the kanji’s in our word, so 今 or 日, and you’ll get a pop up that looks something like the above image and contains information about the kanji. It will tell you the kanji’s rank, frequency, JLPT number, grade that it’s learned in, stroke count, meanings, on’yomi, and kun’yomi. More information may be added, but at the moment I believe that covers most of the information that people need to know about a kanji at a glance. If I get requests to provide specific extra information, I’ll take a look into adding it. 🙂 Only kanji characters will produce pop up information blocks, kana characters will not(currently).
There is one last thing that got updated: the twitter bot. The twitter bot now supports the new info command. The info command will you to request info about a particular word or kanji. To get an idea of what kind of response I’m talking about, take a look below.
As you can see, it spat information back at me about 私 (わたし / watashi), when I issued the command: @langfreq info kanji 私
If I want to ask about a kanji, I need to use ‘kanji’ in place of the language, otherwise if I want to simply ask about info on a Japanese word I’d just do: @langfreq info ja 私 or @langfreq info ja わたし
HELP ME! AHH!
Okay, so I’m not dying or anything.. but.. I’d really appreciate any feedback any one can give me. Leave a comment, e-mail me, twitter me, etc. Doesn’t matter how I get the information, please tell me what you honestly think of LangFreQ. However, it’d be really generous of you to tell me what you think I should do to improve something you dislike on the site! 😉