It has been a long time coming; today, I finally launched Yomi.ai for the public.
Encouraged by our 2018 survey and the surprising choice by the great crabigator to pick our No Fluff: Katakana app for the best tools for January 2019, I decided to build a useful resource for Japanese-language learners who aim to improve their reading skills.
I have built some prototypes over the years for learning apps and websites, showcased it to teachers, students, angel investors, and other business people. Side-note: The business people I spoke to urged me to go after Chinese-learners. While the sentiment was generally positive, nothing really took off until earlier this year. I had pre-selected a group of people from our survey (participants who picked a growth mindset, are fluent or literate in English, are most interested in learning Japanese, prefer a website, would pay for a service with the features they want) and then picked participants randomly from that group to collect continued feedback on our development and built what you can see now.
The goal is to become the number one resource for your reading needs (and mine to pass the JLPT N1 reading section).
While what you see (I’m a little bit worried about our database crashing when I open it to all of you at the same time… I’ll keep an eye on the logs) is just the beginning of this endeavor, I refrained from using terms like “open beta” or versioning the service. For me, it takes away from the responsibility to rise to the self-imposed challenge and it gives permission to not work for the community of language-learners that I am so grateful for.
At the same time, I also want you to know that we at Yomi.ai acknowledge that there is much to do. I hope you are excited to be part of the journey.
I’d like to read your thoughts, constructive criticism, encouragement, questions and other comments of that nature.
P.S. If you took part in the survey, again, thank you so much! If you also left your email but haven’t been part of the pre-launch development phase, look out for an email from firstname.lastname@example.org over the next few days. We’ll be drawing the winner of the $20 gift card later today.
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