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January 24th, 2007 at 10:56 PM
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Mina-san, thank you for your continued support!

Don't forget to get a sneak peek!


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April 1st, 2021 at 05:47 PM
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こんにちは イギリスジム,

Please note that this is not a lesson but a news podcast. As such, this one doesn't have the typical content of a lesson. Please browse from our hundreds of available Japanese lessons in the Lesson Library!

Kind regards,

レヴェンテ (Levente)

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March 23rd, 2021 at 02:11 AM
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I don’t understand! Where are the quizzes and other features being talked about?

This page has no content in my browser.


January 31st, 2007 at 03:07 AM
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I have added some instructional text to the "Browse All Lessons" page. Hopefully, it clears up some confusion. We will continue to look for ways to make the interface more user-friendly and intuitive.

Thank you John-san for the great suggestion!


January 31st, 2007 at 03:04 AM
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The Select none button is ok, but, in my opinion, it is misplaced, outside the Filters frame. One thinks it somehow applies to the lessons listed below, not to the filters. Even John Briggs was fooled by this !… :wink:


John C. Briggs
January 31st, 2007 at 02:54 AM
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Thanks for the information. I didn't notice the "select none" button.

One thing that I have learned about filters is that they can be very frustrating when you don't realize that they have been applied. Perhaps some RED text at the top that says "FILTERS HAVE BEEN APPLIED" would help.



January 31st, 2007 at 02:26 AM
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Jean-Michel-san / John-san,

Great feedback folks! We certainly could have been a bit clearer. I'll throw up some simple instructions as an interim solution. Like anything new, it can take a little bit of getting used to, but I think once you get the hang of it, you'll really like the functionality available in the Lesson Directory.

As for the "Save Filters" button, you are both 100% correct with your understanding of its functionality.

Finally, if you only want to select one lesson, you don't have to click 10 buttons. You can simply click the "Select None" button, which will turn all categories off, and then click just the button of the category you want shown in the directory.

I hope this helps.


John C. Briggs
January 31st, 2007 at 01:51 AM
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I just looked at this. It certainly could be clearer. The buttons change color from red to gray.


gray = not included.

How are we supposed to know that. Perhaps


red = not included

Like a traffic light

However, I think that the more common way to do this is with checkboxes. If the icons had a checkbox that showed it was included, it might be clearer. This could be done by changing the GIFs.

The save filters button does seem to do what you suggest.


January 31st, 2007 at 01:14 AM
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Is it just me? it took me a while to figure out how to use the filters in the "Browse all lessons" page. I thought pressing one button would display just the corresponding lessons, whereas is does just the opposite. Of course, "filter" is filter but this does not look very natural to me : if you want to study beginner lessons only, you must click 10 buttons !

And what is the purpose of the "save filters" button? Does it retain the configuration of buttons for the next time you come back to this page?


January 29th, 2007 at 12:24 AM
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Thanks again for the great feedback! We will definitely take your points into consideration as we plan out the next phase of work for the Learning Center (already in the works) :wink:

Our rationale behind "globalizing" the "My Kanji Bank" and the "My Word Bank" was the fact that they neither belong to the Lesson Specific or the Reference Material side since you can add words/kanji from either section. Also, since they are widely used, we decided they should be "global" and easily accessible from every page in the Learning Center.

I hope this helps and please chime in with other great suggestions and experiences.

All the best,


January 28th, 2007 at 11:45 PM
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Sorry about the informal track. I must have looked up a lesson which lacked it. :oops:

If I may add one more remark about the aspect of the "lesson specific" page : to my taste, some of the navigation buttons are too big and eye catching : this is particularly true of the"Make the lesson complete" button, whose function is neither vital not of frequent use. It could safely be placed somewhere at the bottom of the option list.

Also "Browse all lessons" is not really an option *within* the "lesson specific" tab but would deserve a tab of its own (perhaps not enough space for it, though…).

Finally, the "My Kanji Bank" and "My Word Bank" buttons are not very useful because these options are already in the popup list. To me, having the same option given in two different places (especially when they are close to each other) always makes me wonder whether they might be somehow different and I end up feeling unsecure.

All this is only cosmetic and, admittedly, a matter of taste.