Our mission is to become the number one resource for English-speaking Japanese-language learners who aim to improve their literacy or enjoy reading authentic Japanese texts that speak to their interests.
Our survey data from Fall 2018 showed that when reading texts in a language participants are learning, they want:
- help with looking up meaning of words
- help with grammar explanations
When we asked "I would be interested in a service that helps me read ______ in the language I want to learn", participants were primarily interested in getting help for reading short stories and (light) novels.
Furthermore, self-growth was the most common reason provided for learning a language. Given that, we will focus on core functionality first, before we make things pretty. We would like to do both, of course.
First, we want to focus on these points (dictionary functionality for looking up meanings in context, and grammar explanations), get them right, and then proceed to working on other types of texts and features that strengthen the learning experience.
These are the things we are working on right now. The indicates that some of the features have been implemented and are available.
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And so much more...
You have access to our Google doc that maps Japanese grammar hints in the texts to the (rough) English equivalent linguistic term. While we are working on improving our grammar explanations, you may find this document helpful in reading the Japanese texts on this site.