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).
I am very pleased with the basic structure of breaking down words or phrases literally into their component parts. This is great for single words like a mop or wellingtons, or for the breakdown of a more complex phrase like "Are you using your washing machine to wash the clothes". I think this method of breaking things down really does help the student of Thai to learn how words or phrases are made up.
As a programmer I am very pleased at a lot of the functionality which has been added. I love the summary section for each phrase or dialogue. It's all generated automatically, but to me it has a real beauty in the way it shows in a user-friendly (and search engine friendly) way what each page is about.
Adding Thai script was a big deal, but now, even though my Thai is not good enough to read Thai, I love it as an addition, and it has gradually been added to every part of the site.
I love the Known words summary, particularly using Lingopolo as a student of Thai; it really gives me a satisfaction of progression in the language.
As a programmer and as a Thai student, I love particularly automatic quiz type. As a programmer, it was particularly challenging to get right for various technical reasons. As a student of Thai, I find it great that it eases me gently into the knowledge of a word, going gently from multi-choice questions, through the Thai to English quiz type and finally (though I admit I have not many of my words have reached this level) using the English to Thai quiz type.
There are many small things which make me very happy on the site; small usability features, each of which took a little time to add but make the site just that little bit more user-friendly.
The checkbox for use when you already know a word is small, and only occassionaly used, but when needed, I think is very helpful.
The recent additions page is also a small but useful nice-to-have for the site which I like. I'm often using it myself to see what the latest words have been added are.
Little things like the improvement to the recordings player make me very pleased too.
I already love the way the site is coming on. I hope you do too. I'm even more excited about the things I have in store for Lingopolo; for that you will have to wait and see.