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. If you are confused as to which platform to start on, check out this comparison.
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 :)
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.