Thank you. Simple words that I’ve been meaning to turn into an article here for a long time. Jalup is approaching its 6-year anniversary. The site started as a simple multi-page Word document that I had created for my older brother when he decided he wanted to learn a foreign language. He changed his mind, I had several hours of work I didn’t want to go to waste, so I turned it into Japanese Level Up.
You know that I love Japanese and Japan. It has been my unparalleled passion for more than 10 years. However, over the years, creating and building Japanese Level Up has become just as important to me.
It’s weird. I used to be against discussing Japanese learning. No forums. No social networks. No meetups. No group learning. I was solo in my Japanese-only world. Then Jalup came along, and things changed. It was so fun getting to share my adventure with like-minded people, and have them share their adventure with me. It was “RPG-style guild building,” and I loved every minute of it. From a simple Word document has emerged over 800 posts, 14,000 comments, a whole line of original products, and a book. Most importantly, a community that I’m proud to be a part of.
This site would be absolutely nothing without all of you. All the kind words and support. Every single comment left on every article. Every like on every Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube post. Every e-mail I receive. Every product that you buy here. Every nice thing you say about Jalup somewhere else.
All of this means the world to me. It’s what encourages me to continue making this site better than ever. Don’t think what you say here gets lost in some internet void. I appreciate all of it.
The community here is always changing. As the heaviest users start improving their Japanese to new levels, they find less need to come here, so their presence fades away. It’s a bid sad because I miss the people I’ve gotten to know and talk with over the years. But it’s expected, and I wish everyone the best on their continuing journeys. The plus side is that I’m always interacting with new learners, new fresh ideas, and getting involved in new adventures. I love sharing with you, and I love what you share back.
Thank you for everything up till now, and thank you in advance for everything going forward. I am truly excited to see what we can build together, now and in the future.
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.