As many of you already know, we have implemented vocab into the site recently. A big part of this process manifested itself in the form of decks, and a new review queue that incorporates your vocabulary and grammar simultaneously.
Naturally, being a new feature, we have made our fair share of tweaks and hotfixes since inception. However, we have still been working hard behind the scenes on adding to the base content that we have, so that the service itself becomes more fleshed out.
With that said, N4 vocab is ready!
N4 Vocab Deck
N4 vocab is a set of an additional 1100 words, each with a minimum of 8 context sentences (meaning close to 9000 new sentences all up!). Like N5, the sentences have been written in a way that slowly increases in difficulty, and focuses on natural usage of the words themselves.
This doubles our currently available vocabulary as part of ‘decks’, and these words will be clickable within any sentences that they are encountered in on-site.
Here is the N4 Vocab Deck: Bunpro N4 Vocab
Spoiler - We are currently on track to have roughly 7000 to 8000 words complete by the end of this year.
As our list of vocab and decks grows, we recognize that filtration will become an issue. This is why we have also added a vocab ‘all’ page, with a search function.
The vocab all page will allow you to scour the depths of our database, searching for any particular words that may be of interest to you for learning. This means that you will not need to click on each deck in order to search, and will let you compare vocabulary more easily based on where it is located.
As a very small example of how this will be useful, take a look at this.
As we can see, typing anything will bring up all results that include what you type. In the future, as our database of words grows, this will allow you to see collocations, phrases/idioms that use certain words, and make assessments about when you learn anything, regardless of what deck it is in by default.
We plan to add more filter options and searchable parameters in the near future (including an overhaul on the grammar search).
This sounds awfully like something that would benefit from a note taking system, in order to keep track of things…
Introducing Vocab Notes!
Now, you have the option to make notes on the words that you are learning, in a similar way to how the note system works for grammar.
We hope that this will provide a place for you to add extra example sentences, mnemonics, your own links to external sources, etc.
If you are someone that really likes to include a lot of data though, this could potentially get messy very quickly, which is why we have added a separate section in which you can put your own lists of synonyms.
It is well known that a great way of learning words, is comparing them to similar words, and examining their differences. This is one of the main reasons that we have added the ability to list synonyms to your vocabulary cards.
In the near future, this will be a great/timely way to jump between vocabulary, so that you can read the context sentences back to back, facilitating your understanding of unique nuances even faster!
The other key benefit of synonyms is allowing you to put in alternate answers you would like the manual input vocab reviews to accept.
Adding synonyms is not case sensitive, and each word just needs to be separated by a comma.
If you are currently reviewing vocab through the Opt In Beta, you may have experienced the unruly nature of a mixed queue of grammar and vocab.
There is now a setting in your General Settings under the “Review” section called “Split Reviews”.
It will split the “Reviews” button on your dashboard into two separate options, one for grammar and one for vocab. You can still use the “Review” button in the navigation to get a mixed queue.
We hope that these new additions are another step (or leap) in the right direction toward making vocabulary a more valuable resource that you will study with us here on Bunpro.
We would like to thank everyone for the awesome feedback thus far, and encourage you all to keep it coming in the future! The best way to turn Bunpro into the ultimate study resource for you, is by making your voice heard!
That’s all for today, and as always, hope you’re all having a wonderful week!