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How a Jalup Deck is Made – Behind the Scenes — 27 Comments

  1. The amount of blood, sweat and tears poured into every single i flash card really shows!
    Learning with the Jalup decks makes the journey many times easier. That’s how I feel at least.

    Thanks for showing a bit of what happens behind the scenes. And thank you for your endless hard work.

  2. Very interesting. What are some examples of the notes that you add to cards later when you decide they need more…?

    • Two random examples of notes added later:


      Note: Adding a で before ある to get である can either 1. end a sentence similar to です or 2. word1 である word2 = word2 that is word1

      Note 1: The casual form of a verb is used before と思います。|Note 2: と is used to connect the “think” verb to the phrase before it.|Note 3: Similarly, と is used with other verbs to show that you’re “doing the verb” to everything preceding と, you do the verb with the result being what precedes と, or you do the verb in the manner preceding と.

  3. “That I take things very seriously and pour an unimaginable amount of blood, sweat and tears into what I do here. That maybe this is a tool worthy of your Japanese journey.”
    Indeed, it is helping a lot! Knowing how something is made, and how much the whole process requires, makes one appreciate it even more, and keep trying one´s best to make the most out of it.
    The Japanese journey continues, and the product you offer is a great company and guide for that journey.

  4. amazing effort from both of you! bought the maximum ANKI package a while back but wanted to buy the App for more features. Unfortunately seems paying in-app via paypal/mobile billing or credit card doesn’t seem to work yet for Android in my country!

  5. Adam, the more I use your decks, the more I appreciate that I have access to them. The quality, convenience and other features, especially if used through the app, are completely unique and worth the price you’re asking. I shook my head when at some point I read on the internet that jalup was being unfavorably compared to free anki decks and even what a normal learner can create on anki on their own. One can have an opinion and preference on what is a useful/worthy tool/method for studying japanese, but the actual work that went into your products is undeniable. Great to know about all of this in detail through this article. Keep up the good work!

    • To anyone reading this who is on the fence about getting Jalup, I guarantee you there is currently no other product of this quality out there. If you are serious about learning Japanese but have time constraints or simply want the most convenient path to a high level, this is worth your money.

    • Some people on language learner forums complain about everything, and it’s the complainers who are the loudest. There are also some people that have held a weird grudge against Jalup ever since I started making and selling products to help people.

      I don’t do Jalup for them. I do it for people like you who actually want to spend their time achieving their dream of learning Japanese.

  6. Whether Jalup is worth the cost will always be subjective to opinion. It depends on how you value your own time and discipline.
    If you have all the time and willpower in the world then no Jalup is probably not for you. Making you own Anki decks and spending time with the search feature instead of simply clicking a link would be no problem in that case.

    For someone like me who have a ton of things in life I want to spend my time on Jalup is perfect. It means I get to spend my time with Japanese very efficiently.

    • I’d say Jalup if for anyone who has an interest in what it offers. Personally, I have a lot of time to study Japanese but I choose to use Jalup because of the efficiency and time and effort saved which I can put into other things. In terms of the quality and sheer amount of work involved, Jalup is definitely worth the price. In my opinion, of course.

      The only time I’d advise against purchasing Jalup is if the learner wants to create a personalized deck for various reasons (some of which I have heard about and are truly valid like more retention and personal involvement), in which case the person would probably not be thinking of buying this to begin with.

    • I agree and always encourage people to study however they want. Using the Jalup decks isn’t a requirement to learn Japanese here. Which is why there are hundreds of articles that help people who would rather do everything themselves and “go solo.”

  7. I can say that, now that I’m making my own cards, I have even more respect for the amount of work you’ve done. Finding example sentences can be so painful – I get really sad when goo doesn’t have one next to the definition – and getting rid of recursive definitions and other such blunders is a real pain.

    I can easily say that I wouldn’t be anywhere as far into my Japanese studies without your hard work. For someone like me, who was working full time when I bought the cards, they were an amazing time saver and often the only thing I would study from in my earlier days. Cannot appreciate you and your wife’s work enough :)

    • I always wonder why they chose not to include sample sentences sometimes. A sample sentence is always better.

      Recursive definitions are the devil to any J-J learner :P

  8. The quality really shows in these cards. Ive tried learning two different languages before japanese and, from that perspective, the cards are very clearly built with a solid grasp and understanding of how language learning works at a fundemental level. The one thing that drew me to these cards in particular were the world 1 blog posts, detailing the japanese learning journey. I recognized the early excitement, mid level blues, etc from the other language learning attempts and realized that what was being described here were much more universal than they seemed. Then, on hearing about the iterative design of the flashcards, it was clear that they would be made with the same universal understanding of language learning that the blog posts hinted at. I am positive that I wouldnt have kept up with it as long as I have if it hadn’t been for the hard work that you and Yuki have poured into these decks, so thanks a bunch.

    • I’m glad the posts continue to work and help boost the power of the decks.

      Sometimes people actually get the decks (through the app), and then ask me how to study Japanese. And I have to point them to the existence of the blog, which provides a “little more” direction :)

  9. Thank you so much for all your hard work. I recently purchased JALUP Maximum on the iOS app and I’m really enjoying it! It’s so nice to be able to read a sentence and understand it without having to translate it to English in your head, and JALUP is really helping me with switching my thinking to Japanese. This has been worth every penny and I’ll gladly recommend it to anyone! Also, I’ve taken 2 semesters of college Japanese and everyone should note that purchasing JALUP Maximum in less than one semester of college Japanese. JALUP will take you so much farther than just one college class. Thanks again and I can’t wait to learn even more!!

  10. This was an really interesting post about the creation of your decks. It‘s a lot more work then I expected, and I already expected lot of work 😂 the price tag you did choose is absolutly justified for all this work. I really hope the pre-order system will worm out in the future and we will see more and more content :) 10.000 cards total sound awesome 😁 even though I‘m still in the beginner Deck 😅 I‘m a slowpoke

  11. The further I get into the decks, the more I appreciate everything you have put into them. I just reviewed Intermediate card no 234 where you explain an “easy” word. It must be so hard to find easy J-J definitions for words like eye or cat or similar. Thanks again for everything you do! I never would have learned this much Japanese and had so much fun with it without Jalup. The Maximum package was worth every penny!

    • Ahh the word 口. Sometimes I get carried away with the simple definitions, like with the word 飛行機 on JI909 :)

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