Love the app! Could you add a feature for word for word literal translation?

So a feature that takes the sound of the characters and translates that sound into subtitles. Then, it would do a literal word for word translation to get the user used to the word orders and grammar used in that language.

So
Encantado
de
conocerte

Becomes literally something like:
Charmed
from
meet

Or even something that just does a word for word translation of the existing subtitles without bothering with audio->voice first?

Purpose: to help someone get used to the word order that people in a language use, to help learn vocabulary faster
Even though it would look a bit weird to see literal word for word translations, I still think it would be worth it to have this option.

This would just be a supplement to the existing modes, not a replacement.

I’m fully aware one can pause the video and look up the individual words but that is not what this thread is about. I’m aware a word for word translation does not always work, but it does help a total beginner get started on a new sentence to know roughly what each word means and their order.

It would be great if this feature would also visually align the words so the user can immediately see which word is which

So aligned like this https://imgur.com/e0lqDWv

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Hello. It’s a good idea… actually we can enable highlighting, where you hover on a word in the subtitles, and the corresponding words in the translation are highlighted. The problem is we only have this alignment data for about 15% or so of our translations. We could try generating the other alignments ourselves (there’s a tool called GIZA++, it might be suitable). If we reorder the word-order of the translation to match the source subtitles… interesting idea, would need to try it and see, I guess.

The limitation we have is that there’s only two of us… I always have to decide between spending time developing a new feature, fixing bugs (there’s always some issues), or replying to the backlog of emails (I try to respond within a week or so currently). Currently we are spending time on youtube support, and a mobile app for flashcards (there’s Anki export, but not everything we wanted to do is possible with Anki).

For the next update, maybe we can enable word highlighting for the 15% of data we have… further experimentation (GIZA++) probably will have to wait a couple of months or so. Thanks for writing. :slight_smile:

EDIT: there’s some information about the technical approach on wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitext_word_alignment (mentions GIZA++). If there’s any NLP researchers reading this with a specific recommnedation, happy to hear from you. :slight_smile:

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If you wish, you can use my idea, you have my blessing, for me it would be an honor. Here is an example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHlR585Ztm0 Regards

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Hey, I’ll post with my personal accout, so it’s less confusing.
This video is great! Really nice! Thanks for the idea, now I want to make it soon. :grin:

Anki is infinitely powerful and pretty much the standard. Could you make the Anki export feature a little bit smoother and more powerful? Things that come to mind:

  • Individual columns for show title, season, episode, episode title, subtitle time code
  • Each individual column can be enabled/disabled in the export window
  • Why does the export file have html in it? I currently have a lot of cleaning up to do before I can import :’(
  • God feature: Take screenshot of current scene when subtitle shows, to give more context when SRSing
  • God feature: Create native-like audio of exported subtitles with https://cloud.google.com/text-to-speech/docs/wavenet

It’s pretty crazy what can be done with Anki, please don’t give up on it :slight_smile:

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@Jayjay

Individual columns for show title, season, episode, episode title, subtitle time code

Do you mean cols in the CSV output? Yes, that wouldn’t be too hard.

Each individual column can be enabled/disabled in the export window

Maybe it’s sufficient to ignore the unneeded fields when importing to Anki

Why does the export file have html in it? I currently have a lot of cleaning up to do before I can import :’(

I think all Anki programs supports HTML, it really sharpens up the cards. Am I missing something?

  • God feature: Take screenshot of current scene when subtitle shows, to give more context when SRSing

Yes, we started looking at this at one point. I’m not sure how smoothly Anki handles importing the media, didn’t try yet.

We can probably do better even, and send the audio clip from the original movie. It’s on the todo list.

We were also investigating syncing directly to AnkiWeb, but, it would have needed quite some work (and I’m not sure Damien is a fan of the idea). I also looked in detail into doing .apkg export from LLN. The export/import process is a bit clumsy and is the main issue with Anki imo.

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Having Anki export include the audio clip and a screenshot would be an amazing feature!

I didn’t spend much time trying out the Anki export, but I found I was doing a lot of copy-pasting to reformat the cards because I wanted the title, episode and original subtitle on the front and both the human and machine translations on the back of each card.

That didn’t seem to be something the system could do at the moment, but I didn’t investigate much further because I quickly realised the export wouldn’t be very useful without audio clips included.

I had begun investigating solutions like http://subs2srs.sourceforge.net/ but obviously they’re not suitable for Netlfix content.

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