If the 130 ish odd lessons is too overwhelming to people, I agree with the OP. This could easily be resolved by adding more levels and flattening the workflow a bit. Do I want this? Not necessarily. I’m past the point of being daunted by numbers. I knew Japanese was going to be insanely tough, and it is, but that’s what I’m here for. The only question these days is how much time I can dedicate to those review piles and lesson sessions.
Furthermore, this would interfere with the WK in two years policy, which is, in my opinion, absolutely realistic for those with a reasonable amount of time on their hands.
Me personally, I’ve never read the book and the jokes have always seemed obscure. Now, I use the script to remove the 42+. As for the suggestion to 99+, what’s the difference between 99+ and 137 lessons? Not much, if you ask me. I think a better idea would be to unlock lessons on a day to day basis after they become available, so that the lesson pile starts off at something like 10/15, you do those 10/15, and the pile starts fresh again the following day, assuming the lessons from the previous day were done. No lesson piles ever again, done!
This would really stop people from getting overwhelmed, and would help give them smaller, more consistent goals. Instead of sitting down to a computer and thinking “oh shit, I have 137 lessons to do”, they’d just think “okay I got this, 10 lessons today is easy”.
it also encourages daily crabigator worship
As for reviews piles, they’re always going to be large. Perhaps a system like 99+, 199+, 299+ etc would be more suitable than 42+, and less daunting than seeing the exact number. Just a few thoughts.