I am loving the new changes to "Play It" - much more sleek, I like the placement, the responsiveness of the recording is so much more smooth - the whole new version is 100 times better than the old.
I like what Nicolah suggested, above -
" I would prefer it if when you ask for the English words to be blanked out, they are blanked out for the parts spoken by both participants in the conversation, not just the bits being spoken by the learner."
I think that would be a great addition to the options, I feel it would maximize the learning capabilities of the whole "Play It" feature.
I am on the fence about pausing....I see the advantages, but at the same time I always felt the whole point of "Play It" was to test the ability to keep up in a conversation - all of the other sections give us all the time we need to work out what we need to work out in that particular lesson.
Maybe that is why "Play It" used to be the last lesson option, and why others feel that if the new placement is going to be at the top, a pause option should be included. This makes sense to me.
Also, I do like the countdown - I was never keen on the way it was before, just starting when you thought you should - to me, that is why the recordings often cut off too quickly, that maybe I inadvertently wasted time starting my recording due to not being 100% certain when to start. So for me, "3,2,1" is very useful.
Overall - I think the changes are great, I have been comparing them side-by-side on different tabs while the current version is still up and the current version suddenly seems clunky and tired in comparison.
SO happy "Play It" is being kept in the game, and has been improved, you've done a great job, everyone!
Thanks so much