2018 - A Year In Review


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As 2018 comes to a close we thought that it would be fun to look back and see how Bunpro has progressed over the past year.

January

Self Study - Implemented a way to create your own study questions in the Bunpro style and review them alongside your normal SRS reviews!

"New Theme" - Redesigned the main Bunpro theme and added Bunpro hankos (stamps) to track grammar that you have covered.

Self Study and Theme (Ow, my eyes!!!)

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March

Study - Implemented a way to study in the Bunpro order and add batches of grammar points to your review queue.

New N3 - Over 60 new grammar points added to N3.

Audio - Basic text to speech Audio added to N5 example sentences.

Related Grammar - We began adding related grammar to each grammar point at the bottom of the grammar point’s page.

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May

New Review Design - Updated the review page to have a more modern look.

Audio in Reviews - Added an audio button to reviews (auto-play enabled in June).

New Design and Audio

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June

Cram - Added the ability to review random example sentences from a particular JLPT level that draws from every available study question in our database to cover a variety of situations and nuances.

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July

Ghost Reviews - Added additional reviews for grammar points that you have gotten incorrect and come back to haunt you (leeches).

Ghost Review Announcement and Tweaks

September

New N3 and N2 content - Lesson 6 of N2 was added and all of N3 got 12 examples sentences and study questions.

Font Sizing - We made Bunpro scalable!

UX Changes - We made it easier to start studying immediately, by making the Study button take you directly to where you left off. We improved spacing sitewide and changed the colors of your input in reviews to match the theme you have chosen.

September Images

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October

New Theme - Bunpro got new dark and light themes

Related Grammar - N5 through N3 lessons populated with over 1000 related grammar structures.

New Themes

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November

Cram Update - In addition to All, Studied and Studied Sentences, we added the ability to choose to study ‘Troubled Grammar’. This is grammar that you have missed more than four times during your normal review sessions.

Improved Search - Added the option to search within a specific JLPT level or textbook. Search results that dynamically reflect what is typed to find grammar points more quickly and grammar points that display offline resources and page numbers to immediately reference textbooks for more information.

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N2 - The core of N2 (all 10 N2 lessons) was made available.

December

Streak - Added a way to track how many days in a row you have studied.
XP - Added a way to get motivated to make progress by earning XP, leveling up and collecting badges.
Focus - Added the option to block out distractions and focus during reviews.

All about XP
  • Track how many days in a row you have studied.
  • Get motivated to make progress by earning XP, leveling up and collecting badges.
  • Block out distractions and focus during reviews.

Study Streak

Bunpro now tracks the amount of consecutive days you have signed into Bunpro and have done at least one review. Staying consistent with your studies is key to improving your Japanese and maintaining a streak will help keep you motivated on your language learning journey. You will also be rewarded for staying on top of your reviews and racking up high streaks (see below).

If you do not have any reviews in your review queue, the Cram function will also count toward your daily streak so you never miss a day.

XP

Everyone will now earn experience points from reviewing grammar on Bunpro. Every time you put in a correct answer for a grammar point in reviews, you will receive XP. The amount of XP you earn is directly proportional to the grammar point’s current streak.

If you are reviewing a grammar point for the first time and you get it correct, you will receive 10XP. Each consecutive time you see the same grammar point appear in your reviews it will be worth more and more XP.

XP Breakdown by Streak

Streak 1: 10XP
Streak 2: 20XP
Streak 3: 30XP
Streak 4: 40XP
Streak 5: 50XP
Streak 6: 60XP
Streak 7: 70XP
Streak 8: 80XP
Streak 9: 90XP
Streak 10: 100XP
Streak 11: 150XP
Streak 12: 200XP

The amount of XP you have earned can be viewed under the Account dropdown or on your Profile page.

Levels and Badges

You can now level up in Bunpro! Your level corresponds to the amount of XP you have earned from reviewing grammar. The amount of XP required for reaching the next level is shown on the right side of the XP progress bar in Reviews or in the Account dropdown.

You will also be rewarded with badges, medals and other achievements for earning a certain number of XP, leveling up, staying consistent with your studies, or completing hidden challenges.

Focus

Introducing a new way to review on Bunpro. We know that there are a lot of distractions in life and we wanted to cut down on as many of them as possible so you get the most out of your grammar learning. To better maintain focus on your studies, you now have the ability to hide the heads-up display (HUD) in reviews. This includes the top menu bar, your remaining review count, percentage, SRS and ghost review indicators, and your XP progress bar.

Simply click Focus On in the dropdown menu in reviews to turn on Focus. Set Focus to your default review set up in Settings.

With these new features in place, you will be able to visualize your progress and be motivated to study every day. We are looking forward to hearing what you think! Cheers!

Paths - Added ways to study what you learn in your textbook right alongside Bunpro, make a textbook your primary study resource, and add entire chapters or choose individual grammar points from each chapter to study and add to your reviews.

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Now you can study what you learn in your textbook right alongside Bunpro, page by page, chapter by chapter, grammar point by grammar point.


Click the star to the right of the screen to make a textbook your primary study resource. The textbook that you add will replace the current Study button so that you are always just a click away from your favorite resource!



Add an entire chapter or choose individual grammar points from each chapter to study and add to your reviews.

Right now we have the second editions of Genki I and II, the second edition of みんなの日本語 I, and Tobira available. We hope to have more textbooks added in the coming weeks/months, so if you don’t see your textbook on the list yet, don’t fret! :smile: We would love to hear what you think about Paths!

We are tremendously humbled by the outpouring of support, ideas, and feedback that all of you have provided us since we started Bunpro. Thank you again for all of your feedback, kind words, and patience as we continue to work on the site!

:tada: Happy Holidays! :tada:


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Thank you for all your hard work throughout the year. Get some rest over the holidays, to start fresh into the new year :wink:


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Wow, how did I miss this? I really should use Cram. (Especially if you all implement studying chapters/related grammar :pray:)

But also, seriously, you all have come a long way this year! Fantastic work. Looking forward to seeing what 2019 brings. :slight_smile:


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@Andulien Thank you so much for all of your help! Cheers!

@lopicake We hope to have these additional features and more available in Cram and elsewhere on the site in the near future. Stay tuned. Cheers!


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Thank you for writing this article, very interesting!

I wonder where I can add self study items as shown in the first screenshot?


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You can’t add self study items but you can add self study sentences for items already in Bunpro. You can do that from any grammar point’s page.