If you have come to Jalup more than once, you most likely (hopefully) find something of value. I explain a variety of study methods, techniques, tricks, and try to provide everything you would want to master Japanese. But let’s assume you didn’t like any of it. None of it worked for you. You want to try something completely different. Maybe even the exact opposite.
Good news: your study method can be in the minority and still succeed.
The internet is great for providing endless information on how to do everything with anything. This leads to websites that become “authorities” on how to do it, based on how many people are successfully doing it using those websites. Learning Japanese is no exception. Japanese websites often claim “this is the way to do it,” everyone starts following it, and then everyone starts saying you have to do this if you want to succeed, or else.
You could be the only one to do a specific method and still kick ass.
I’m thrilled about everyone on this site who finds my advice helpful, and has taken the study methods and tools provided here and absolutely dominated. However, at Jalup we’re just a small group (originally just me) of people sharing our experience and observations. If you ignore 99% of it and came here because you like the font colors, that’s fine.
Do what works for you.
If you find a way to study in a way that no one else is, and people say is wrong, yet you feel you are doing right, keep it up. You may doubt your own method when you hear no one else is doing it, or even worse, when you hear what you are doing is completely wrong.
It’s when you try your minority method and it doesn’t work that you can/should start to rethink things. I suggest trying methods that I or others have said works, and see how it works for you. But the second you rework it into something completely different, see what happens. People learn and gain motivation differently.
Regardless of what method you choose, or even if you have chosen to follow everything on the Jalup Walkthrough word by word, I guarantee that you will start to branch your method off into something new. No two people study the same, even with the same strategy guide. For example, two people who both do Jalup Beginner in Anki will differ in the way they review, the time they review, and how they connect it to native materials.
Determine your own path
The message is this: hear what others have to say, but decide for yourself.
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.