I’m posting this homage here, because the category states “a place to discuss anything and everything related to Bunpro”.
The title says it all, really: Thank you, Bunpro!
I have tried to learn Japanese in all manner of ways in 8 years. During those eight years, I never made it past Genki 1-level. I wanted more than I could handle: I’d set off reading books (way above my level) and burn out immediately. I’d try to play video games in Japanese, and lost interest in an hour because I couldn’t understand anything. I’d turn JP subtitles on anime. I stopped watching anime.
This has changed, and Bunpro was the key to this change.
I have only used Bunpro for 8 months. In that time, I’ve added every N5-N2 grammar point, and 55 of the N1 grammar. I have gone too fast. I know that. It’s painfully apparent when I see my review-pile after a two week vacation without turning on vacation mode (203 reviews - no ghosts). Good news, though: I’m not doing those reviews! I also don’t care that I lost my streak, because losing my streak made me realized what I had gained: The ability to identify grammar in a sentence.
On my vacation I picked up one of those books that I had stored away on my kindle, shamefully abandoned in the first pages. And I could read it. I still had to look up words, of course. I still had to look up grammar I’d studied on Bunpro, as well. But I was able to tell what I needed to look up. I could tell what was a word, what was an inflection of a verb or an adjective, or a contraction, etc. It felt amazing, and I finished that book. Then I started the next one.
So thank you, Bunpro. For giving me the set of tools I need to achieve my Japanese-learning goals. The tools I’ve scrambled for, but never managed to find, for 8 years.
I will be taking a break from Bunpro to go read books, play video games and watch anime. In Japanese! (That said, I will be back. The gamer in me needs to finish the N1 grammar at one point, but that’s a project for another time.)
Once again: Thank you, Bunpro. Keep up the amazing work. Everyone on the staff and everyone in the community working to improve the website: you’re the best!