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hajime wrote:I have found that my engagement with JapanesePod101 took a huge plummet when the newbie and beginner seasons ended. I'm at Lower Intermediate level now (and studying for JLPT 3級）so you could say that I don't need Newbie/Beginner anymore, but I really enjoy them and I manage to learn something almost every lesson. Now I get a lower intermediate lessons every other week and that's about all I find of use. The video lessons are also very basic and burning a lesson on common vocabulary words or kanji just doesn't seem that engaging. I can do better with smart.fm or my own Anki decks.
It seems like the production costs were slashed. Significantly less lesson planning (c'mon, an entire Survival Phrases lesson about もう一度 + ゆっくり？), All About is very lightweight and not that informative (JCC was much better). It seems like JPod can no longer afford voice actors. It's sad because cost cutting like this is going to cause me to not renew or downgrade from Premium to Basic. Once I exhaust the Lower Intermediate lessons I have already downloaded, it may be time to part ways. It seems like most of the lessons have digressed from the wonderful production values of seasons 2 through 4 to the beginning of season 1, but with much less useful content.
I don't see much other traffic about this. Is everyone else content with the current state of things?
vinodmp wrote: I also like the audio blog (though I'd prefer a slightly longer version as when we had Mikki's blog with Yuichi-san and others chatting around it); it has real learning value. Peter-san, please don't water things down as part of any cost-cutting as the correspondents upstairs suggest. お願いします。
About new advanced content, I think you have the right to protest too but remember that JP101 was made for everyone at any level not just for advance people period.
Ulver_684 wrote:About new advanced content, I think you have the right to protest too but remember that JP101 was made for everyone at any level not just for advance people period.
skushner wrote:The previous Newbie and especially the Beginner Season 4 lessons were really excellent, The lessons in Beginner S4 were truly progressing at a perfect pace, and the accompanying pdfs were very detailed and comprehensive.