Bunpro is great. But since a long time ago I completely stopped using the SRS feature (kinda ironic, because that’s the point of Bunpro). I’ve been struggling with a couple things in the process of reviews which I’ll list below, and I’m pretty sure some people might feel the same. Bunpro has been great as a reference, but the way reviews are done isn’t my cup of tea. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about some alternative that covers what SRS should have been (in my opinion), I’ve even considered working on my own app, but Bunpro already is perfect if what I’m thinking about gets implemented so I thought about sharing this.
- SRS targets production of language.
- SRS requires writing answers by hand.
I know that one of the selling points is writing the answer in reviews, which usually cement the information more. However, I think this works best for isolated blocks of information (Kanji for example). In the case of grammar studies, SRS is awesome, but my goal is to be exposed to these points in many sentences. In its current state, Bunpro is almost exclusively targeted towards production of language. What I’m thinking about is providing 2 modes of SRS:
The same as the current process: “Japanese sentence with hidden part and English translation -> write grammar point”. Targeted at production, and for people who are already content with how it works right now.
[Japanese sentence with the target grammar point colored in the sentence -> then you just “uncover” the meaning and the grammar point + english sentence appears-> just as anki you choose whether you were able to understand the sentence or not] This is targeting people who just want exposition. In my case, I don’t really think producing things first and foremost is the best way to go. I want to see more and more sentences using those different grammar points. This is how I learn best, and without SRS to help me with this, the path I take is chaotic and inefficient.
I usually just try to get on Bunpro every couple days, and pass by some of the latest points I’ve studied. This isn’t committing enough and I end up not using it for weeks because there are no explicit reviews to do. Anki isn’t good enough for this, I want a smart app, not a collection of cards.
At the end, I genuinely feel this is the right way for me to study, and probably for many others. If Bunpro doesn’t provide this on the long run, I might have to do my own thing, but I would love for it to be implemented here, because, you know, I already bought lifetime
Feel free to counter any point I mentioned. I’m open to discussing this more.