Blog / December 2017

  • 17 December 2017JapanesePod101 "Holiday Countdown Deals" - Extended

  • 15 December 2017Small tweaks today

    Miscellaneous small tweaks today:

    • Upgraded the icons to FontAwesome 5. I think they look a tiny little bit better
    • Use a nicer animated spinning "loading" icon in various places (Edit Story & Dictionary dialogs)
    • Removed the "Tweet this page" button... (don't think anybody uses it)

    Please let me know if I broke something as it's difficult to test on a variety of mobile devices.

    PS: I had to reset the cache, so the Study pages may load slower for a few days.

  • 14 December 2017Brainstorming next flashcard feature

    There is a feature i've wanted to implement for a long time. You'd be able to just click any of the items in the Dictionary popup while reviewing, to add the vocabulary to the flashcard. Click again to remove it. Dead simple way of customizing cards with your choice of vocab.

    So you'd be free, if you want, to pick only words using the On or Kun readings. Or maybe you'd want to pick words based on a textbook you're working with. Of course with the smart dictionary feature I implemented back in October, it's also easy to pick an example word since the words made of known kanji are highlighted.

    Along with that there could be a free review mode (non SRS) of a random pick of vocabulary from your flashcards. WHich would be more meaningful than the current "Vocab Shuffle" feature then, as the words are ones you previously bookmarked onto your cards.

    Let me know what you think.

  • 12 December 2017Minor performance update, let me know if any issues

    I switched the delivery of FontAwesome (icons) from maxcdn to cloudflare today. In theory this should improve things as there are more servers around the world. I suspect the font itself causes a small lag sometime. It's very hard to test these things. So definitely let me know if you notice any issue with the loading of the website since today.

  • 6 December 2017Minor change to the box labels on the SRS chart

    The boxes on the SRS chart are now labelled plain numbers and only the last one has a plus sign. So eg. "1 2 3 4 5+" instead of "1+ 2+ 3+ 4+ 5+". This is a tiny bit more intuitive as the last box always includes all the cards from that box and above. The new labeling should make that a little more obvious.

  • 2 December 2017Holiday Countdown Deals at JapanesePod101.com

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    • Deal #1 on Dec 4, 2017 - 55% OFF 24-Month Premium
    • Deal #2 on Dec 5, 2017 - 35% OFF Premium PLUS.
    • Deal #5 on Dec 9, 2017 - $15/Monthly Premium for Life.
    • Deal #6 from Dec 9-11, 2017 - 47% OFF Basic, Premium & Premium PLUS.
    • Deal #9 on Dec 14, 2017 - 1-Year Premium for $90.
    • Deal #10 on Dec 15, 2017 - Secret Lifetime Premium Membership. Get Lifetime Access for $599, Lifetime Access to 3 Languages for $999 or all 34 Languages for Life for $1,499. This is a Lifetime deal that's ONLY available for the Holiday season.

    PS: I have posted on the forum a detailed update of the new SRS Settings as well as today's fixes.