Today we would like to announce our first batch of N1 grammar explanations that are now live on the website and ready to be used.
As with previous levels, we have used several different reference materials when writing these, in order to capture all of the main points, and hopefully add a little bit of the Bunpro style in there as well.
Our primary focus with N1 has been adding more example sentences, more caution sections, and more fun-facts/general bits of information that will help the grammar points stick.
This has been done in response to a survey that we recently ran on the forum here:
Extending past N1 and into all other levels is another change that some of you may have already noticed…
Grammar Terminology Tooltips
Due to the variety of ways that may of our users choose to enjoy the content on Bunpro, we have opted to create a description style that enables the most people to study in the way that they like, without being forced to read things that they may not have an interest in.
Basically, we have removed almost all Japanese from grammar descriptions in relation to grammar terminology, and replaced them with tooltips.
As you can see, there is now a tooltip that gives the name of the Japanese term.
Important Note: In the new reviews 2.0 you can click on any of the underlined terms to see the popout like above. On the normal grammar point pages (no beta) it is just a plain HTML tooltip and is activated on hover.
This has been implemented for all grammar terms, and even a few related, but not official, grammar terms. Any words that have a tooltip have a very non intrusive underline to indicate that they contain extra information.
Evolution of Tooltips
Looking toward how we might use this tooltip in order to better the learning experience in the future, we are currently working out a way to include more information about various terms. This can be seen in this concept screenshot here.
As this picture shows, the tooltip would appear, in addition to a small amount of information about that word in general and what it means. Perhaps this would link to a full article about a specific grammar term, or it may just remain a very small ‘in a nutshell’ explanation in the tooltip, we haven’t quite decided the details yet, but would love to hear your opinions!
N1 Release Schedule
We are planning on releasing N1 in batches of 50 grammar points fortnightly until completion. Meaning that the next 50 will come in 2 weeks from now, with the remaining points following after that.
Unlike other N-levels, we have not rearranged the order of N1 at this point, but may do a slight shuffle in the future after all of the explanations have been finished. This is primarily due to N1 having a lot more grammar points with singular uses that cannot be grouped in the same way that we approached lower levels. However, we will still aim to find the most logical learning path, and then shuffle the order based on that.
Thank you all for your ongoing support, feedback, bug reports, and great ideas that you provide in many of the threads on this forum, as well as through our internal report system. We read everything, and do our best to factor your concerns into our design process and development strategies. As always, we hope you’re all having a fantastic day, and enjoy your weekends!