Finished Jalup Beginner? Congratulations. That’s 1000 pieces of Japanese knowledge you now have at your grasp. It’s an impressive achievement and one you should be proud of.
But everything was in Anki, and while you learned this vast expanse of material, it may not feel yet like you “know” Japanese. You know it when you read it in Anki, but outside of Anki? Not so much.
You may be considering going onto Jalup Intermediate, or something else, but you would like to really “feel” the progress and what it has done for you. You pull out a manga or anime, and there is still way too much you don’t know to enjoy it, or to test yourself on where you are. It can make you feel like what you learned in Beginner was just a start, and you don’t have anything to show for it yet.
Well I’m here to provide you something to show for it!
Enter Jalup Stories
Jalup Stories is a new tool here that is designed to take the knowledge that you have obtained in an isolated format, and give you a way to use it in an enjoyable way, for review and for pleasure, and to show you that you are much farther ahead than you realize.
Jalup Beginner Stories are five original fictional short stories written by me, that 99% only use the words, grammar, and structure found in the Jalup Beginner series. This means you can enjoy real Japanese, in an entertaining way, without the need for any outside sources. You can focus on fun and reviewing everything you’ve learned up until now in an easy and playful environment. Review what you know, in new shapes and form, to give you greater control and make it easier to move forward.
The set up:
1. I wrote 5 entertaining short stories using Jalup Beginner
These are not boring dialogues you’d find in a textbook. These are regular stories that have excitement and wonder. I have a silly imagination (you didn’t know?!), and made sure that even with the limited vocabulary I have to work with, I would try to bring a smile to your face.
These 5 stories are fairly short (3-4 pages each) to keep them easily accessible and not overwhelming, as this may be the first time you are reading real Japanese outside of Anki.
2. In order to be able to slightly expand on what I could write, I introduce some new words not found in Jalup Beginner to each story
Mostly these are just character names and a few key words needed to make each story work. There are a total of 35 new words for all stories combined.
Because of this, I’m providing a J-J version (defining these new words only using the Japanese found in Jalup Beginner) and a J-E version (English definitions). The J-J version is really simple and you should have no problem using it, but I’m including a separate J-E version just in case.
I introduce most of the new words before the beginning of each story. However there will occasionally a few new words introduced at the end. The reason for this is the keyword is the punchline or end plot reveal and reading this first would ruin the suspense of the story. So when you come across this word, just look at the end. These words usually appear at the end of the story anyway, so they’ll be right there waiting for you.
3. As always, all my work is edited by a native Japanese speaker
High quality is always a top priority.
4. You can ask questions to the creator of this series (me – Adam)
I want these stories to be as useful as possible, so as always, if you have any questions about a word or sentence, ask me by email. I will personally answer.
What about people who’ve never done the Jalup Beginner series?
As long as you’ve finished a few standard beginner textbooks you should be fine, and be able to use and enjoy this (similar to going straight to Intermediate without having done Beginner).
– 20 page PDF (J-E Version)
– 20 page PDF (J-J Version)
– 5 audio files, one for each of the stories
The 5 stories
A child way ahead of his age pursues the meaning of happiness. A girl gains the power of invisibility but realizes it turns out to be more than she bargained for. A girl has a strange obsession with being lied to. A pet dog has the uncanny ability to play video games. And one man is ready to give up after being fired.
● Buy Jalup Stories Beginner: $19.99
Didn’t like it? Send an e-mail within 30 days after purchasing and ask for a 100% refund.
And never stop once you start.
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.