The Jalup mobile app is live!
Things are growing and changing fast. What originally started as a remake of the Jalup NEXT web app has changed into something completely different (which is why I decided to call this mobile app just “Jalup”). It will eventually encompass the entire Japanese and Jalup learning experience. Prepare for the familiar, the unfamiliar, and the wild.
What is the Jalup App?
At its foundation, the Jalup app takes the textbook series I built through electronic flash cards (originally using the program Anki), and adds new ways to improve the learning process and make the experience more efficient and enjoyable.
These flash cards are separated into decks, and teach you everything from basic pronunciation, how to read and write the characters of Japanese, and goes all the way up to highly advanced vocabulary and grammar. They introduce you to increasingly complex Japanese, one step at a time, through 232 kana cards, 2300 kanji cards, 1000 J-E cards, and 5,500 J-J cards. There is one goal in mind: get you fluent.
I purposely designed everything in flash card format (rather than a traditional textbook), because it is easier to take in, easier to know how much to learn and how often to review, and it simplifies the mountain of information you need to absorb.
Over the years I’ve talked with thousands of Japanese learners and carefully observed every single problem they have had. In order to run free with my Japanese learning ideas, I decided to personally create an original mobile app that allows me to help you achieve greatness.
Advanced Spaced Repetition, Info+1 linking, Puzzle Solving.
You learn sentence cards; every card builds off of the last, introducing you to one new piece of connecting information. With that new piece you solve the sentence, without being just directly given a translation. Overcoming each challenge is rewarding. And you are able to click on the individual parts of a sentence to refresh what you’ve learned, and to help assist you finish each puzzle.
You review sentence cards; based on whether you understood or didn’t understand those reviewed cards, and a bunch of other growing factors that analyze your studying, those reviews are put on timed intervals. They will be ready for you sooner or later at the perfect time that your memory needs strengthening.
Shadow Immersion Player
You learn and review thousands of sentences. Immersion will become the other pillar of your success. The Jalup App gets you started with this immediately.
All the sentences you learn are added to an in-app immersion audio player, for you to listen on random or repeat whenever you want. That wasn’t enough though, and I wanted to harness the power of shadowing, using 2 features:
- Every sentence appears on the screen as it is played (this provides visual help for the early stages of shadowing)
- You can set a “shadow timer,” which adds a specific amount of time (between 1 to 5 seconds) in between each sentence you hear.
This is just the start. Not only will this player be expanded to Jalup Situations and Jalup Stories, I want to start reaching out to content producers, and arrange to get licenses to use their audio content from inside the app. Listening to a podcast where you can see the script one sentence at a time, and are given time to shadow doesn’t sound so bad right?
If the app grows enough, I will take this as far as I can. Who knows, maybe we can even get some variety shows one day on it…
**The sentences appear on your car screen if you use Apple Car Play. Please do not look at sentences while driving.
Full, fun interactive tutorial system
Based on your Japanese level it guides you to what you should start with, how to start with it, what you are actually doing and why. It actually takes you through learning/reviewing the first several cards of each deck.
Later on, I am going to add directly to specific cards links to Jalup articles that relate to them or the learning process.
Completely Offline Access
Never worry again about a bad or no internet connection. More importantly, since it all runs offline, it is absurdly fast. No wait or load time; only study time. Every extra second counts when learning and reviewing Japanese. A bunch of 5 to 10 second delays can be frustrating when trying to master the art of the 2-minute session.
You do not need to create an account. Install and you are starting Japanese immediately with no pause. Also since its on your phone with no server access required, it’s all yours. You have backups that you can see.
**Backups are supposed to be taken automatically if you have your iPhone and data scheduled to be backed up automatically in the standard way. However, I don’t have control over/can’t guarantee the way iCloud backs up your app data, so I highly recommend occasionally exporting your progress from in-app. It’s a one-second, one-click action that will store your progress as a small .csv file to Google Drive, DropBox, iCloud or whatever other cloud service you use.
Total Control over your learner data – Adjust how and when you study
When you use a spaced-repetition system for a long time, one of the most valuable assets that grows is your “progress.” Every card you learn creates a broad map of your entire learning experience. Jalup will hand over that map to you and let you change it at will.
All of your progress can easily be exported into a .csv file (to be viewed as a spreadsheet on Excel or Google Sheets, etc.) The power of this is two-fold:
- It lets you see at a glance your due dates, intervals, correct and incorrect, study time.
- It let’s you edit them. Freeze cards, set intervals, reset everything and more.
A more detailed guide is coming on the way of how to manually change things.
- Vacation Mode (Push all your reviews into the future by the length of your vacation)
- Easy & Intuitive Card Stats
- All of the decks in the Jalup series will be added, including never seen before material.
- Real licensed content that will be usable from within the app
- Creating your own new cards inside the app.
- Marketplace to buy and sell Japanese decks
- Growing gamification of everything
- A lot more customization features
Who should use the Jalup App?
Regardless of your level, if you want to become awesome at Japanese, you are about to equip the Master Sword.
If you are already using Anki or Jalup NEXT you can/probably should keep using them. You will continue to be able to learn with Jalup on the platform of your choice. There is no reason to change what you are doing if you are already fully enjoying the experience.
I also emphasize this because it’s going to take a lengthy while to add everything to the Jalup App. Currently only Kana Conqueror and Jalup Beginner are loaded. I’m going to be focusing on the app experience and its features before expanding on to the rest of the decks. If you are already on Kanji Kingdom, Intermediate, Advanced, or Expert, you probably don’t want to wait for everything to catch up.
The Jalup App requires new purchases, even if you’ve bought it on Anki or Jalup NEXT
This is a brand new app that needs me working full time on it to allow it to become what you and I have always wanted. When I released Jalup NEXT at the beginning of 2017, I had made a mistake in trying to please everyone and reward long time fans. I offered it to free for anyone who had previously purchased the Anki decks. Since most of the initial users for several months were previous Anki users, it left me with little funding to expand on the web app and caused it to stagnate.
I don’t want this to happen again. It’s me building everything, using every last free moment I have, and without having new funding come in from in-app purchases, it wouldn’t work. I hope you’ll understand this pricing decision and will allow me to prove why it will be worth it in the long run. Your support means a lot to me and is what makes the blood, sweat and tears all worth it.
As a token of appreciation to paid users, I am offering a one-time ability to fully transfer your progress from Jalup NEXT or Anki directly into the Jalup mobile app. This is a time-consuming manual process for me, since the Jalup App uses a completely different system. But with the new import function on the mobile app, it is possible with some tinkering of your Anki or Jalup NEXT data.
In order to receive this transfer:
- Send me your Apple purchase receipt from the Jalup App to adshap (at) japaneselevelup (dot) com
- Provide me the email of your Jalup NEXT account or send me your Anki deck (make sure it only includes the deck you want progress transferred from, and make sure scheduling information is included)
- I will transfer the info, and send you a .csv file that you can use to directly import into the Jalup App
For the first few months, I will be weekly on Sunday taking a backup of progress from Jalup NEXT to use for transfers. This means when you make your request, let me know what date you want to transfer. Ex. if you email me on Wednesday, let me know if you want me to use the data from 3 days ago (the previous Sunday), or the data I will save in 4 days (the following Sunday). The data transferred is not taken live, and will be what your progress was on this day.
Transfer requests will take between 2-3 days to complete.
iOS or Android?
Currently this is iOS only. iOS is what I know best, so I wanted to focus on that first. If things go well with the iOS release, there will eventually be an Android release.
You can always buy an iPad in the meantime :)
I had thought about changing it to a membership fee like every other language learning site and charging something like $29.99/month. This is the standard model because it is the most profitable. But I’m not trying to be like every other site. With upfront purchases, you are more likely to be serious about studying Japanese and not just going in for a dip. It’s much harder to quit when you’ve already put in upfront money, so I get to use sunk cost psychology in your favor.
More importantly though I feel like a language learning membership system favors quitters and disfavors motivated Japanese learners. People that quit will only lose a few months of membership and can leave. Motivated learners will continue to use a service for years with eternal costs. While I’d rather not disfavor anyone, I’d at least rather favor those who are the most motivated to learn Japanese.
Due to the structure of the app and guidelines of the app store, you can’t buy the decks in stages in anymore. The package is the only option.
The first 100 cards of every group are free for you to sample and see if you like the way you can learn Japanese through Jalup. After that, you make in-app purchases for additional content.
Kana Conqueror: $29.99
Jalup Beginner: $129.99
This is a slight increase from the Jalup Anki deck pricing, but it will be made up for more than enough with the new shadow immersion player (that you can use on all decks), and a lot of new features that will make you really get the most out of all you buy.
These will also give me the chance to expand these decks in ways I couldn’t before.
You can ask questions to the creator of this (me – Adam)
I want it to be as clear and easy to use as possible. If you have a question on a word or sentence, ask me by email. I will answer.
Didn’t like it? Through the App Store you can request a 100% refund.
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It’s time to level up again and again and again. You are going high.
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