Frequently asked question

1. What’s with the weird name?

Spenot [pronounced Shpeh-note] means “Spinach” in Hungarian. We’re big fans of spinach.

2. I think I found a translation mistake or a bug in the software. What should I do?

Please let us know! We’re only human.

3. The application isn’t saying the words. What could be the problem?

Our application uses the text-to-speech system of your device and the voice for the language you are learning may not be installed.

If you’re using an Android device, go to Settings > Language and input > Speech > Text to speech.

If you’re using an iOS device, go to Settings > Accessibility > Speech. Once here, turn on the Speak Selection feature, then tap Voices.

4. I don’t like the app’s voice. What can I do?

Our application doesn’t work with pre-made recordings but uses your device’s TTS (text-to-speech) system. This means that the sound quality depends on the TTS engine and voices installed on your device. See the answer to the previous question to learn how to install new voices.

5. Is it possible to study several languages at the same time?

Yes. Tap the flag on the main screen to switch between languages. And don’t worry, your statistics and topic statuses for each language will be saved independently.

6. How do I copy a word to the clipboard?

If you tap on a word next to the ▶ icon at the bottom of any screen, the bottom sheet will open for that word. Use the 📋 button to copy the word or its translation to the clipboard.

7. What does the asterisk mean at the end of a word?

Occasionally, some words have multiple forms of spellings. These words are marked with an asterisk. For example: yogurt; yoghurt*. Both spellings are accepted, but the second form (marked with an asterisk) is less common. It’s only worth learning the first, but the application accepts either of the two variants in the Syllables/Spelling function.

8. What do BrE and AmE stand for?

BrE = British English. AmE = American English.

9. There are words I don’t want to study. How can I stop seeing them?

If you tap on a word next to the ▶ icon at the bottom of any screen, the word’s bottom sheet opens. To hide the word, touch the 👁️ icon in the upper right corner. Hidden words will not come up in any practicing function, however, they are still visible in the View and Search functions and their bottom sheets may still be accessed and used.

10. There are entire topics that I’m already confident in or that I just don’t care about. How can I stop the app from asking any of its words?

Find and select that topic within the list of topics. On the screen that appears, tap the Change button next to the topic’s status. If you tap “I’m not interested in this topic” here, you will not be asked about any words in this topic as you practice.

11. There are words that are very important to me. How can I exclusively practice these?

If you tap on a word next to the ▶ icon at the bottom of any screen, the word’s bottom sheet will open. Tap the ❤ icon here to add the word to your favorite words. In the Practicing function, you can study these words exclusively by selecting the listed favorite words option.

12. I’ve learned a lot of words, but when I want to use them in conversation, I can’t remember them! What am I doing wrong?

The problem might be that you’re only practicing in your head. When learning new vocabulary, it’s very important to say words out loud, again and again. Obviously, if you’re using the app on public transit, we don’t recommend doing this there, but do find the time and place to articulate and they may come to mind more often.