There are two ways to study using the learning content created here on Jalup: Anki and Jalup NEXT. How do you decide between the two? A lot of people think that since I created Jalup NEXT I try to force people to use it, or am offended if you use Anki over Jalup NEXT. This simply isn’t true. I want you to use whichever tool is going to make you fluent faster with a higher probability of success.
Both contain nearly identical content now (they have been updated to match each other). I still love Anki. Jalup NEXT was created with specific reasons in mind, to address problem areas I found. But I’m fully aware it lacks a lot of what Anki has. This is to be expected, as Anki has been in continual development since 2006.
I thought I finally needed to address the choice you have, to avoid wasting any of your time. Below is a short comparison. Please keep in mind that this is not a fully inclusive list and there are other reasons on both sides. Here are the big differences though:
Why you should choose Jalup NEXT
1. You don’ want to deal with importing, setting up, and combining decks and stages.
2. You don’t want to deal with an abundance of options that take time to figure out what they do.
3. You want an interactive tutorial to guide you into the process of how to study Jalup content
4. You want the ability to click on every single part of every single word, and have it bring up the original card where you learned it. You can then continually click on more parts to go through as many older cards as you want.
5. You want a built in experience point system that keeps track of your level
6. You want a fun game-element of acquiring flags as you study more cards, to explore Japan
7. You want the ability to set goals by date, and have the number of cards you should do daily to meet those goals laid out for you
8. You want an easy to use built in study timer
Why you should choose Anki
2. You want to customize your cards in an infinite number of ways (changing what they look like, the fields, adding in new information, etc.)
3. You want extensive stats on your study progress
4. You want to be able to add your own decks, add cards to the current decks, and delete cards you don’t want/need.
5. You want a dedicated app for your mobile device, with the ability to sync between mobile and desktop
6. You want the ability to import/export your content from/to other formats
7. You want the security of knowing that you have the content on your phone or computer
8. You want all of the Jalup content, including all of Jalup Expert and Jalup Immersion
What if Jalup NEXT disappears?
Jalup NEXT has been running for about a year and 2 months. There is no plan to discontinue it, despite there not being any real content updates lately. However, I understand this concern. This can be said for any tool you are using online. I still haven’t forgiven Geocities…
I do promise though that if Jalup NEXT did ever go down, you would be guaranteed the ultimate versions of the decks you had, in Anki format, for free.
Regular or Ultimate Version of Anki decks
Recently I updated the Anki decks (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced) to include “Ultimate” versions. If you are using Anki, you technically now have 2 options. Which do you choose if you decide to go the Anki route?
This one is simple: use the Ultimate version. The only two reasons you might consider using the regular version:
1. You like just seeing the basic text without any other formatting.
2. You don’t like the extra information that each card provides.
However, you can pretty simply change either one of these (by removing the vocabulary field, or by changing the font/styles). It’s easier to start off with more and remove, then start off with less and add.
Choose your own path
Using the comparison above, figure out your wants/needs. There are currently many people successfully using either one. There are people that have completed both. There are people that have switched halfway through from one to the other. Make a decision, and don’t overthink it too much.