Jalup Immersion (Stage 2 Released)


It’s been almost 2 years since I completed Jalup Expert, the final piece to the 5,000 card sentence series to take you as far into the land of fluency as possible. I’m extremely happy with how the original series turned out, and I appreciate all the continued support I had received then and still do now. I had said that this was the end of the sentence series. And I’ve covered a lot here on Jalup now.

Kana Conqueror masters the kana.
Kanji Kingdom masters the kanji.
Jalup Beginner masters the Japanese basics.
Jalup Intermediate through Expert masters the transition to a Japanese-only world and lays out the path to your eventual domination.

What’s left?

Immersion. Engaging in Japanese native materials is where the real adventure begins. The Jalup decks help you gain access to that adventure. But then you are off on your own and it’s a transition between 2 worlds:

● The structured study world: there is a general order, and a series of steps and guidelines
● The chaotic immersion world: everything imaginable is thrown at you randomly and at once

Jumping from one world to the other is as hard. Sometimes just as hard as jumping from J-E to J-J. And I’m sure you remember the fun you had with that…

So I had been thinking for a while… is there any way I can assist you in your entry into the immersion world?

Enter Jalup Immersion

The idea: go through the beginning of many popular native materials (manga, anime, j-drama, etc.), introduce you to what you are ready to handle right now, and turn them into Anki cards.

Here’s how it works:

1. I picked out a number of easier (☆ to ☆☆☆ difficulty level) manga.
2. From each manga, I prepare you for reading the first chapter.
3. I picked out every word you don’t know. How do I know what you don’t know? This is a direct continuation off of Jalup Expert.
4. Rather than just take the sentences from the material, I created entirely new sentences using those unknown words. Why? To give you two different sentences to try to understand the same unknown word.
5. I continue filling in every unknown creating manga you can read confidently.
6. If you like the manga, you can continue to the next chapter and on to the rest of the series. While you will continue to hit new unknown words without my help, you know how to deal with them now.

Who is this for?

Someone who:

● Finished Jalup Expert, and wants to continue with the series.
● Wants guidance/confidence with reading manga.

Those who have finished Jalup Expert will have the greatest advantage in this series (since it assumes knowledge of those 5,000 cards). However, it should work fine for anyone who is currently somewhere in the Jalup deck series (ex. Advanced). It may even work for those who have never done the Jalup decks, but are at an advanced level.

What’s inside?

Each stage has 250 Japanese Level Up original cards in:

● Anki (expression, meaning, and reading)
● Excel format (kanji readings included from stage 2 on)

Stage 1 covers most (depends on the manga) of the first chapters of 5 different manga.

1. よつばと! (Cards 1-74)
2. 日常 (Cards 75-110)
3. ドラゴンボール (Cards 111-179)
4. しろくまカフェ (180-199)
5. うさぎドロップ (200-250)

Not sure about these manga and whether you are interested in them? Click on each link above to read a free sample of the first chapter(s) from their sites. Even if you have no interest in reading/buying the full manga, the sentences are based on the free sample that is provided by the online publisher.

For 日常、click where it says 立ち読み (52ページ)
For ドラゴンボール, click where it 試し読みする
For うさぎドロップ, click where it says 立ち読み (30ページ)
For しろくまカフェ and よつばと! follow the direct link.

Stage 2

1. 坂本ですが (1-28)
2. Charlotte (29-92)
3. 最強伝説黒沢 (93-217)
4. 幽遊白書 (218-250)

How will this series continue?

As I always says with everything that is developed here on Jalup, it’s up to you guys. This is an experimental series. If you like it, support it, and want to see more, I will make that happen. If there is not enough interest, I will stop at whatever stage I just completed.

If this works, I’ll expand on to more manga, j-drama, anime, novels, etc.

Support Included

Having a problem? Puzzled about a word or sentence? Ask me about it by e-mail.

Equip Yourself

● Buy each stage individually (250 cards): Stage 1 – Stage 2, $24.99 each


Didn’t like it? Send an e-mail within 30 days after purchasing and ask for a 100% refund.

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Jalup Immersion (Stage 2 Released) — 32 Comments

  1. This makes me want to pick up my pace again with the Jalup Series so I can move on to this first experimental stage. To show my support I am going to pick it up right now even though I won’t be able to use it for 18 months (at my current pace of ten cards per day)

    • Actually, it will only take 12 months if I am religious about adding new cards every day, so by January 1st 2018 I should be especially ready for this, but will also be ready for it mid-way through this next summer when I finish Advanced. I will also be in Japan and could just buy these manga in person.

  2. Purchased :) This was a no-brainer.

    I’ve actually already read these manga but I really want to support this new series. It’s a very good idea and I think it will be super popular.

    You’re doing great work, Adam. Please keep doing what you’re doing and releasing awesome products.

    Happy New Year :)

  3. Awesome! I’ve just started Expert and, although I am doing immersion now, I was beginning to fear the day that I had to set sail alone into that vast frontier. I’ll definitely be getting this!

  4. This is a great idea, and although I have read most of these manga before, and have added a few thousand cards myself after Expert, I usually read manga without adding the words I read, so I am sure there will be plenty of cards to supplement my own with.

    No brainer for me :)

    • I have started using the cards now and so far they are even better than expected. I love the slang cards, as these can be quite tricky to figure out on my own, so they will be a great supplement to the my own cards.

  5. Seems like an easy buy to me. I’ve finished expert already but have had a tough time creating my own cards, so this is a life saver. I’m also looking forward to integrating my anki deck into jalup next someday. I’ve only heard good things about it and can’t wait to see where jalup goes in the future!

    Thanks for all your hard work Adam! It’s been life changing to say the least :D

  6. As others have said already this is a no-brainer. This is the perfect addition to the Jalup series and I can’t wait to get started!

  7. I’m interested in this idea, but I would be more likely to skip the manga one and get the novel/drama/anime ones. I’m not anywhere close to being finished with JALUP’s 5k though, so if you do the other types of media way down the road that’s fine with me. :)

  8. Easiest decision of the new year so far :D

    Haven’t started working through the cards yet but just glancing through them I agree with what Jesper said above: the slang cards are awesome. That’s some of the hardest stuff to look up or make good cards for on your own, I find.

  9. I just purchased Stage 1 and skimmed the Excel document; as usual, Adam has exceeded expectations with this deck. Buy it. Adam deserves as much support as we can give him in extending this deck series.

    Also, if you haven’t checked out Next yet, you are missing out. If we all support it, even by pledging just $1 or so a month through the Patreon link, the rewards will be huge. Check out the “Future Features & Development Goals” in the post “The Dawn of Jalup Next.”

    Adam’s plans for this platform will develop into, hands down, the most fun, efficient, and powerful method for reaching fluency. The card linking feature alone will save you hours of time and frustration when you switch from J-E to J-J cards.

  10. As I’m still buying the Expert stages and have limited funds, I can’t get this right now, but I definitely will in the future! Even if I’ve already been through the first volumes of some of these manga, I hate to look up and take note of unknown words while I read so this is right on point for me. Great idea!

  11. Purchased. Not quite ready to use these yet but I definitely want this series to continue and expand to dramas.

  12. Again, purchasing mine in advanced because I want to see this series continue. Just got stage 2.

    • I just realized something I don’t think Adam emphasized enough in why this is in fact a primer for immersion. For one, we are learning using different sentences than what are contained in the manga/native media. Then, here is where the immersion comes in (and I’m probably just saying the obvious, something I am really good at). After you learn the word, you read the free chapters available online to get exposure to the word again in a different sentence. Hence, the immersion… I know Adam said this would be the natural thing to do, read the manga I mean… but what I don’t think he emphasized enough is that this is the value of the immersion primer: being able to see the word again in a different context. This is why it worth buying these sentences: the ability to see them again in the manga, in a different context. Obviously, the slang is very valuable too. That alone makes these cards worth buying, but if you are in it for help in immersion, then obviously much of the value lies in reading the manga after you learn the words in this series of cards.

  13. Great idea and I went ahead and bought stage 2. Hope that it will continue. One idea I might suggest to get some more revenue is to add a link from your website where you can go to amazon directly and buy all the manga included in each level.

    Have you also considered instead of only adding the first volume from each series maybe going through and adding say all of the よつぼと volumes to a deck or did you figure that the subsequent volumes are similar enough to the first that there’s no need to do that?

    • Thanks for the suggestion. Will look into the linking think. As for adding all the volumes, a few reasons behind the way I’m doing it now.

      1. While there will be plenty of new stuff, each manga often has its own style of language use, so I’d like to introduce as many manga as I can.
      2. I like people getting to try new manga, and seeing that they can understand a wide range of manga.
      3. If it’s all Yotsubato, and someone doesn’t like Yotsubato, it’s not going to help them as much.
      4. I like the official free samples being able to fully be used with the material.

  14. Yussssss! Stage one was awesome, looking forward to getting started on stage two this very night!

  15. Is there any chance that 僕だけがいない街 will be in the running for one of these stages? I can understand very little of it, but it seems compelling! :D

    • I’ll have to take a look at it and see how difficult it is. I remember there being a lot of dialect, so it may be possible as a manga in later stages.

  16. I consider myself intermediate so I’m not yet ready for that kind of level!
    Yet it’s really exciting one day I’ll reach it and soon

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