Over the years I periodically take the time to ask all the followers of Jalup for some feedback and suggestions for the future of Jalup. It’s been over a year and half since the last time I did this, which means I am way overdue for this post. Sometimes I get lost in my own mind on what I should be writing and creating here, and could use a push in a better direction. Many of the hit articles and products on this site all started with one person’s comment in a post like this.
I would love to hear your thoughts about what you want to see, whether that is an article, product, app, service, video, etc.
I always strive to make this site as valuable as possible for everyone using it. As a starting point to give you some ideas, here’s what is currently recent at Jalup.
Jalup Expert Audio
There is a pre-order going on to fund Jalup Expert Audio. If it gets 6 more people, work will get started on it. If this is produced, I will do another pre-order again later for the second 1,000 cards.
Jalup NEXT is about a year and 3 months old and will continue the way it has been. I’ve talked recently about the halt in progress on Jalup Expert card linking. There is a possibility that I may do pre-orders similar to what I’m doing with Expert Audio. Audio for Expert on Jalup NEXT is only possible if the cards are linked first.
This is still pretty brand new (2 and a half weeks), and I’m not exactly sure how this will turn out. There needs to be a lot more support than there is now for it to continue. But I’ll see how it goes and if necessary, may pivot it into something more useful.
Jalup Situations/Jalup Stories
There will most likely be a Jalup Situations Intermediate – Stage 2, and then a continuation to Jalup Situations – Advanced.
I also plan on adding audio to the original Jalup Stories Beginner, and then continuing the series (with another Beginner group, or possibly just go to Intermediate). The reason why this had stopped was it was hard coming up with and creating the stories with restricted vocabulary. But I think I can pull this off again… maybe.
New Jalup Audio iPhone App
I’m developing an audio player for Jalup material (Situations, Stories, possibly Jalup Listen). The goal is to make it easier to have constant immersion going on, without the need for an internet connection, without having to spend time creating and transferring your own audio, and to give an easy way to connect it to the Japanese scripts of each of the respective series.
More on this in the near future.
Personal Japanese Advisor
I decided to not restrict this anymore to specific times. Simply because I can work with people to schedule at a later date (if I’m currently busy), and it’s too much of a pain to keep turning it off and on. If I get overwhelmed, I’ll adjust.
I don’t know if people actually want this series to continue. Most of the people that are up to the most recent stage 5 are already fairly high level, and I’m not sure if there is any value they are still getting out of it.
New Audio/Video series
I’ve played with the idea of trying to create a new series where I personally talk myself (in Japanese or English) on YouTube, on Patreon, or somewhere else. I actually really loved doing this in the past, but nothing I did where I talked ever caught on. Maybe I need a series partner to do this with. Maybe I need more charisma (笑)
I’d love some ideas if there’s something you’d like to see me do (or not do!)
New Learner Stories from You
For a long time I published learner stories (experiences) from readers like you about their Japanese journey. Not just “success” stories, but “second attempt” stories, “learning hardship” stories, and just generally your Japanese battle chronicle.
It’s been a long time since the last story was published, and I would love to get some new stories from some of you out there. For an idea of what a learner story looks like, check out the past ones here. It doesn’t need to be super long or anything, and I handle the final editing and formatting. Please e-mail me if you are interested and I’ll provide you the simple guidelines of what to include.
Enough about what is currently going on. I want to hear from you. What do you want to see on Jalup? Be as creative as you want. While I won’t be able to make everyone’s dreams a reality, your idea may turn into the next big thing we do here!
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.