An Idea for a Web Application to Learn a Language by ReadingSince I moved here I started to learn Norwegian more seriously, and I've been reading a lot of Norwegian lately. When I came across an online chapter of a book, in which footnotes are added to words, with a translation of these words in the margin, I got the following idea.
Wouldn't it be nice, if there was a web application that takes a text from, say, Project Gutenberg or Wikipedia, and then creates such a margin automatically? For this one needs to know for each word `how difficult it is', and a measure for this could be a list of words together with its frequency, how often the word appears. These lists exist. One could then also specify the difficulty, by setting a threshold parameter called `minimal frequency'. A next step would be to include sayings and the like, but this is of course much more difficult. I guess it is just a day of work.