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September 26th, 2010 at 06:30 PM
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JapanesePod101.com is getting a makeover. Sneak peeks coming soon on Facebook and the JapanesePod101.com blog! What features are you hoping to see on the new design? Leave your comment today!

Elaine
December 23rd, 2010 at 08:04 PM
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Hi everyone :smile:


I totally disagree with J です, I really like the new design of jpod,italianpod, spanishpod, and russianpod. I think they are much more practical and easier to navigate, and now it's a real pleasure to use these sites everyday!


Keep up the good work!


Mata ne!

J です
November 6th, 2010 at 12:12 AM
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Since you've all been so much help to me to learn Japanese over the past few years, I have to be honest with you about your site.


The new site is less "fun" looking than the old version, the style is a little too "tech" looking, like something I'd expect from a video game site (One from the 90's, it's not very modern either, sorry.)


The header is far too crowded. It's not necessary to jam everything all in those 2 rows. Also the "sign in" button and the "start your free trial" buttons are exactly the same.....they should have some hierarchy. If it's more important to you to acquire new members, that button should be most important looking. The sign in stuff can be smaller since people will remember where it is after signing in a few times.


While I like grouping the sections into drop downs, drop downs are becoming a no-no since a lot of people are using touch screens, therefore: no rollover possible, they'll never be able to reach the links.



It was unnecessary to increase the width of the lesson/post section in the feed, text is actually easier to read when it's as narrow as it was before. In relation, the stuff that was all crammed into the header in dropdowns would be more accessable as possible sidebar widgets or even in the footer. You're using wordpress so that should be easy to do.



Overall, my honest opinion (ところで, I am a web designer) is that this redesign is an underhaul rather than overhaul. While there has been much thought put into the organization of information on the site (because there is a lot to organize), it seems there hasn't been as much quality thought put into the visual design of the site. It doesn't match the fun atmosphere of the lessons, and is actually quite amateurly done.


If this was done by the in-house web development team, you would benefit greatly from hiring a visual/graphic web designer to create a look and feel of the site to match the style of the lessons and personality of this company as a whole.

ゾラン
October 23rd, 2010 at 10:28 PM
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New design,

honestly trouble for me :shock:

I cannot navigate like before, need too much time.

But this is only my opinion


ゾラン

kaxxina
October 14th, 2010 at 12:15 AM
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Is there a way to set your time zone? I finished a lesson the day before I learned it thank to the Japanese time zone! :grin:

Eric
October 7th, 2010 at 12:24 AM
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Edit to comment 3: I meant (J) left- (E) right, not (J) right-(E) left, right? Also I see the furigana now, but the baby blue lettering is making me go cross eyed. How about ...black?

Eric
October 7th, 2010 at 12:08 AM
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Three suggestions:


1) Can you please begin a series 2 for the onomonapeia lessons? I hear them so much in Japanese society that for every one I learn several more pop-up. I think more functional ones would help out (esp. gitaigo), rather than giongo or emotions.


2) More slang please! I'm only 30, but what are all these youngsters talking about?


3) When you give sample questions in lesson notes you'll often only write them in Japanese on the right then provide an English translation on the left. Furigana mo onegaishimasu.


Eric


PS Keep up with the particle lessons!

Maphiom
October 5th, 2010 at 07:49 AM
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If the option to remember me so I don't have to log in every time worked, that would be great!

Also, how about having the lesson notes directly into the files so I can look at them when listening to jpod on my iPhone? But that might mean having different files for basic and premium members...

Greg
October 2nd, 2010 at 11:17 AM
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Overall I'm happy with the web site.


But since you asked for feedback...


I'd like to see all of the lessons organized properly. When I click on "Advanced", I see "Premium Lesson #33 - O-bon Kaidan:" (9/2009), then "Audio Blog #109 - Avoiding the Japanese Beer Tax" (12/2008). What about audio blog S2/S3? Also, some of the lessons are listed in the wrong section (e.g. wrong year). Sorry no example handy.


I would like to see the mp3 filenames of the lessons organized in a uniform manner (older ones are like 761_U20_053008_jpod101.mp3, newer ones are like A_S3L6_082210_jpod101.mp3). The date portion should better highlight the year, such as YYYY-MM-DD.


I would like a preview button when submitting a comment.

Bella
October 1st, 2010 at 11:29 PM
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i would like to have more access of lessons even though im not paying! D: pleaaase :oops:

Kali
September 30th, 2010 at 01:22 AM
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Dear Jpod Team,


Please keep your teaching technique, it is awesome!. It makes the study of Japanese, easy going and funny.


I agree with some people here, that please please!, put the stroke order on the kanji practice sheets of each lesson. It would be incredibly helpful.


Thank you for your great job.