The page How to Search for Text describes how to search for text using the regular search bar at the top of every Tatoeba page. Advanced search, available via the "Advanced search" link within the search bar, also allows you to search, but gives you more options. Once you perform an advanced search, the advanced search fields will remain visible on the right-hand side of every page that contains search results. You can use these fields to perform further advanced searches.
There are three main sections:
The Sentences section contains the following fields:
Words: lets you enter a word or phrase, using the same rules as in regular search
Language: lets you limit sentences to a specific language (ignored if set to "Any language")
Show translations in: limits the translations shown for a sentence (ignored if set to "All languages")
Owner: limits sentences to the ones owned by a particular owner, such as TRANG
Is orphan: if set to Yes, finds only sentences that are orphaned (not owned by anyone); if set to No (the default), finds only words that have an owner; if set to Any, will be ignored; note that the quality of sentences that are not owned by anyone cannot be trusted as much as sentences that have an owner
Is unapproved: if set to Yes, finds only sentences that are unapproved; if set to No (the default), finds only sentences that are not unapproved; if set to Any, will be ignored; note that unapproved sentences should not be trusted
Has audio: if set to Yes, finds only sentences that have audio that you can listen to by pressing the speaker icon next to the sentence; if set to No (the default), finds only sentences that are not unapproved; if set to Any, will be ignored
Tags: lets you specify tags (such as @change or imperative) that sentences must have in order to match
Belongs to list: choose a list of sentences, or leave as Unspecified to ignore
Owned by a self-identified native: limit the search to sentences written in languages that the owners indicate in their profile as their strongest (usually their native language)
The Translations section lets you limit the search either to sentences with translations that have certain qualities, or to sentences with translations that do not have certain qualities.
The first field in the section lets you choose between:
Limit to: includes only sentences with translations that have the qualities you specify
Exclude: excludes sentences with translations that have the qualities you specify
The other fields are as follows:
Language: language of the translations; will be ignored if set to Any language
Link: set to Any to choose sentences with direct and indirect translations; set to Direct to choose sentences with direct translations (sentences that someone has specifically marked as translations); set to Indirect to choose sentences that are translations of translations, but not necessary direct translations
Owner: for a description, see Sentences
Is orphan: for a description, see Sentences
Is unapproved: for a description, see Sentences
Has audio: for a description, see Sentences
The Sort section lets you choose the order in which sentences are listed. You can choose between the following options:
Relevance: this option, which is the default, favors sentences that contain an exact match for the search query, followed by sentences with the fewest additional words (see description)
Fewest words first: favors sentences that contain fewer words
Last created first: favors sentences that were created most recently
Last modified first: favors sentences that were changed most recently
Random: lists sentences in random order
You can use "Reverse order" to reverse the order of the sort. It has no effect on Random sort order.
Example 1: Find sentences with the following qualities:
- contain the word "live"
- written in English
- owned by CK
- not orphan
- not marked as unapproved
- with audio
- must have at least one direct translation in French
and list them from longest to shortest, showing only French translations.
Example 2: Find sentences with the following qualities:
- contain words starting with "lern"
- written in Esperanto
- without any direct or indirect translations into German
and list them from newest to oldest, showing all translations.