JALUP beginner deck is great. It was good for review, includes n+1 cards, taught me some phrases. Cards have native audio.
Since it was my first J-J deck, I had to go through 1500 cards (Intermediate, Advanced), before I could start creating my own J-J deck for my favourite novel. I finished Jalup Expert, and that’s it. I thought that (Hero, Master) generic decks are not useful for me anymore, and I had to create my own deck, since I still couldn’t read native materials, hundreds of words were missing from my vocab (mostly from JLPT1 and above).
If you want to read Japanese, I don’t recommend JALUP. It teaches you how to read Japanese monolingual dictionary. And it does that really well. I was struggling for years how to read monolingual dictionary, and with the help of these decks and lots of free time, after three months I can read shorter definitions, I can figure out how to simplify phrases and make my own J-J deck. The decks were useful for me, but I didn’t have high expectations.
JALUP Intermediate provides Japanese definitions for unknown vocab, only the Beginner deck has English translation. I think the definitions in deck are too concise, online free dictionaries ( dictionary.infoseek.ne.jp, weblio.jp, ejje.weblio.jp ) are simply better. But I couldn’t read online dictionaries before, it was too big step for me. JALUP deck is a stepping stone, not a complete package to learn Japanese.
It claims it teaches grammar, but forget about that. I’ve the DOJG deck for Anki (with 600 cards), if you’re looking for replacement with audio, JALUP is not an alternative. DOJG deck:
JALUP puzzle approach can cause headache, the explanations are not always clear enough. I had to lookup definitions in other online dictionaries, I had to rely on other grammar resources. ( More advanced learners may have easier time. ) The following pattern can turn into nightmare for intermediate cards : D You spend more time figuring out the meaning of the sentence, you could spend that time to learn Japanese
How is Glossika different (imho). It takes another approach, English translations are provided. It’s more like AJATT, you don’t learn grammar (by grammar rules), you don’t learn vocab (by definitions), you repeat simple sentences for 5 days straight, until it becomes second nature. It’s called the mastery system. Vocab is ordered by difficulty, you see one or two new grammar, word in each card. N+1 cards are different here, and better than JALUP. They created a group of sentences ( 5 sentences per group ), each of them are related somehow ( e.g. they’ve the same grammar rule, but it doesn’t tell you which one, you need to recognize the pattern XD ).
Moreover, it not only introduces new patterns, but also keeps repeating them. I learned something in the first group of sentences, and later, in the fifth group of sentences the same words come up, it reinforces the learned vocabulary. This reinforcement is missing from JALUP deck.
I wish JALUP had these conversation (question-answer) cards. Because Glossika have many of these:
Many of these improvements won’t be part of JALUP. I may give it a second chance later, but it won’t replace traditional courses, textbooks for $300.