How can we improve SwiftKey?

Easier way to change language / language switcher

I usually use 3 languages: Spanish, Catalan and English, and it's not suitable to have enabled all 3 because predictions are not very fast or they are not in the wanted language. (and it get worst with Spanish and Catalan, because they have a lot of similar words) and it's uncomfortable to go to languages and keyboards everytime I chat or send an email to my different contacts.

It would be great to change the language in use just holding space, or with a key, or making swiftkey remembering the language used for each contact,...

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    started  ·  Eric ShawAdminEric Shaw (Head of Community, SwiftKey) responded  · 

    Update 5/28/14
    Looks like this feature is being worked on internally. I am not aware of the timeframe, but this has become part of the roadmap. Stay tuned.

    Update 4/30/14
    Thanks for the follow up everyone. I think this is a good idea, and you all have helped me fully understand the need as well as provided several potential solutions. I will take this to the Design and Product teams and see if we can get it onto the roadmap. Obviously I cannot make any promises towards feasibility or timing, but I believe this could be a valuable addition to the product.

    Update 4/28/14
    Hi everyone, thanks for all of you taking the time to vote and give feedback. Currently the way things work for language selection is, as we have so many, we cannot have all languages “running” that are not enabled. For those languages that use a different keyboard, when you download one, in the “languages” settings area, if you click on the mini-keyboard option, you can select the keyboard layout to use. If there is more than one keyboard layout enabled, there is a slider on the space bar that lets you select the keyboard layout / language you are typing in. When using only 1 layout, the keyboard is predicting words based on the different languages you have enabled, and its best prediction from the input.

    Just to understand the problem better, is the suggestion that regardless of keyboard layout, there is interest in switching languages only with a swipe gesture on the keyboard, and to not have the keyboard predict words in other languages? Many users love and use regularly the fact that SwiftKey will predict in multiple languages, so this is not something that we can change. The only real solution to a problem for this would be an option for disabling multiple language predictions, and manual switching between languages.

    If this is an important issue to you, please only respond in the forum thread, and NOT via email. If I understand correctly, then I will make sure this suggestion gets surfaced into the correct team so it can be evaluated.

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      • cybernuttecybernutte commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I have SwiftKey set for English (US) and Spanish (US). I love the fact that I can use the same keyboard for both languages, as well as for French (which I have not set as a language). I've at times been a bit frustrated when I'm writing in English and SwiftKey offers me suggestions largely or exclusively in Spanish, but for me the advantages have outweighed the disadvantages. However, if there were a way to specify QUICKLY that I want suggestions just in English (or just in Spanish) and switch back and forth EASILY, that would be great. If, however, this involves several steps, I think I'd just as soon leave things as they are.

      • VinnieVinnie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As long as it actually works, it would be a great idea! I use English and Spanish and noticed some "leakage" in the predictions when I'd switch back and fourth. Touchpal X has a language switch button that works seamlessly, and it would be a super addition to Swiftkey!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Thanks for work on it.

        It will be great when we can quick change between the different languages installed. The multiple language could be a great function in some cases, but don't work for me. Now I change language (switfkey->config->languages->select/unselect language). It could be done normally, but when you are in two conversations in different language on the same time... it's crazy!

        Thanks!

      • JnjJnj commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        +1 this. I use English, Spanish and French almost everyday, but with all three enabled, the false positives are horrific.

        Thanks for working on it.

      • Jank KludgeJank Kludge commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The only reason I can't use Swiftkey is because it always tries to predict English words when I'm writing in German. It is really driving me mad! Let us switch languages manually!!!

      • Niklas S.Niklas S. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        To do this, make sure that the two languages in question have different character maps under SwiftKey's language settings. For example, set English (US) to QWERTY and Swedish to QWERTY (Swedish). That way you have two different QWERTY layouts, so the space-bar becomes the language toggle. Your space-bar will then look like this: <English (US)> and <Svenska>

      • YilmazYilmaz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes! I was about to make a suggestion about this!!

        This is so annoying, i write in both Swedish and English and i use two different keyword layouts, one Swedish and one English. And i haaate when i get suggestions in Swedish when im typing in English! Please fix this! At least give us the option to have English suggestion with an "English" keyboard and Swedish suggestions with a "Swedish" keyboard

      • chrischris commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I use swiftkey in Spanish and English. Yes having the prediction come up based on either language is very useful. It's just that sometimes it won't predict correctly. The previous version I had allowed me to swipe the spacebar left/right to switch the (preferred?) language moving forward or only for a single word or whatever. What happened to that feature? It is no longer there. It seemed to work well.

        That being said... if I had to be stuck in a single language and just swipe to switch when I want to insert whatever word in the other that would be preferred. It's the wrong language predictions (and not being able to force it to proper language) that makes it difficult.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As said, mixing predictions of some languages makes it increasingly bad. Many romance languages together is such a case: French, Spanish and Portuguese together makes a very bad mix.

        It would be nice to have an option to select a language or (custom) group of languages (not like it is today based on keyboard layout), and to be able to disable predictions outside these languages. In other words: if I choose 'en' on the space bar, then it's English only; if I set 'fr', just French; if 'fr/es' then it is French and Spanish at the same time.

        Also, even if I disable a language, I still get 'Replace' options of that language. I disabled English, and if I choose 'Replace', I get a list full of English words and phrases.

      • Wilson Wilson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It will be an asset if I can change to another keyboard directly from within SwiftKey (a shortcut key) this will allow me to use the Chinese keyboard...

      • Mihai ȘucanMihai Șucan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        What i thought of is the option of language pairs. For example i mostly write English and Romanian. These two work well together - no problem with having them enabled at the same time.

        Sometimes I want to write in French, German and Arabic. If I enable the third language French, in SwiftKey suggestions and swiping become poor.

        I would like to have language pairs where my default payout would be English and Romanian, then French and German. French and German ate sufficiently different as well so offering predictions and swiping in both languages at the same time would work well.

        Offer the option to switch between languages pairs/groups by long pressing on space or swiping on the space key.

        Allow us to have languages separated as well. Some people just want English, Romanian, etc individually. So they can quickly switch between the languages they write in.

        Please also keep the option to write in multiple languages at the same time. The way SwiftKey works now is really great for typing in 2-3 languages. It's a real time saver to not switch between English and Romanian every time I need to write in the two languages. The stock keyboard was annoying having to switch very often.

        Thank you.

      • Erling BallestadErling Ballestad commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Easy swicthing is not necessarily the option I'm looking for. I would be more than happy if it was easier to enable/disable a few selected languages. For example in the quick-settings menu.
        I write mostly in norwegian, but quite a lot in English as well, and sometimes swedish. Having Norwegian and English enabled at the same time makes typing slower as many preditions are in the wrong language. So i often end up typing a few English words with only norwegian enabled.

        After I got Kit Kat on my sony I have switched to the default keyboard as it is easier to use in some ways.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I use regularly more then three languages so what I'm really hoping for would be a quicker way to switch between the languages. Three is just not enough (and it's obvious to me that too many languages turned on make it harder to guess) and I need to switch on daily basis.

      • shawn sandhushawn sandhu commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I use two languages and I find that sometimes it won't seem to find the word that I am actually intending because there are simply too many options for it to chose from. I can see how having multiple languages would benefit some people but I think having the ability to turn that option off and quickly switch between languages instead would be a lot more beneficial for others.

      • languagepenguinlanguagepenguin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I use more than 3 languages on my phone. I actually like the multiple language prediction for 3 languages, however I would like an option to quick disable and enable another language instead of going to the menu and then to the language settings. There's already quick access to keyboard size, which I don't need. Is there any way to implement quick language access?

      • Francisco Francisco commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        hi.
        eitehr the app predicts your langauge, or you manually switch it. but sometimes it is difficult to get the right word when you have so many predictions in different langauges popping up
        I regularly write in 4 to 5 languages: PT, EN, IT, FR and ES (I am european) and it would make a huge difference for me to have:
        1) ability to quickly switch from one language to another
        2) switch off suggestions from other languages to make the prediction even snappier.
        that's all.
        regards

      • Michael Michael commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi everybody.

        I find it really great that my idea got so much feedback.
        Living daily with several languages at the same time is not easy, you guys out there know what I mean. My wife is Spanish, my parents german and all Internet search I do in English.

        I call it "Sprachcacao";-)

        Thanks to the SwiftKey team to listen to our suggestions.

        Enjoy everybody.

      • Sam MilesSam Miles commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It should predict only in the language you are writing.
        Swiftkey should be able to detect the language that you switched to and only provide predictions in that language and not all the words in the database - that just not user friendly and does not make any sense.

        Perhaps it would be easier if it had separate prediction databases for each language? This way if I am writing in say French and use a few English words, it would know that.

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