Subscription Update: 04/04/18
First of all, we would like to apologize for the disconnect that occurred. It is clear that everyone may not have understood that Bunpro might not always be free. We thought that we had been up front about this by specifically stating that any support we received would be credited back to that user should we ever move to a subscription model. Many users understood this but it is clear that that was not the case for everyone. For that we are truly sorry.
This misunderstanding was not the result of malice or greed, but rather an honest mistake due to inexperience. We are not professional developers or some big company trying to make a quick buck. We are just two people who love studying Japanese. We wanted to make a tool that we wish existed when we first started learning Japanese over a decade ago. This is our first time creating something like this and we are still learning as we go. This means we will not get everything right on the first try.
We would like to thank everyone who has given us both positive and negative criticism. We take all of your feedback, concerns, and suggestions very seriously and we will be making some changes as we move forward.
One of the main complaints was that you felt like we sprung this upon you and you are entirely justified in feeling that way. In hindsight, we should have given you more time to adjust and more time to offer us some suggestions on better ways for us to generate resources to support the operation and further development of Bunpro.
Another was that the site still feels like it is in beta. Again, you are absolutely correct. We have been trying our best to push out new content and more JLPT levels and in retrospect we should have spent more time on available content and favored a quality over quantity approach.
One solution to these issues is to delay moving to a subscription system and that is what we intend to do. This will give us some time to polish the site and improve the SRS. The subscription system will begin May 10th. To allow users to test the full version of the site, we will offer all new and existing users a free one month trial. This means Bunpro will continue to be free to you for the next two months.
You can learn more about it by checking out the FAQ
Lastly, would like to address some feedback on the content that we provide, as we believe it needs clarification.
・All Examples Sentences on Bunpro are original and created in house. Our Example Sentences are written so that they build upon previously studied grammar. As you progress through each subsequent level on Bunpro you get more and more exposure to the grammar points that you have learned. We have not taken any sentences from other sites or resources.
・The links we provide to online resources serve the same fundamental purpose as the listed textbook page numbers. They are both there to simply speed up the process of looking up more information about that grammar point. Beyond that, we hope that providing links and page numbers to great grammar sites and textbooks will help you find new resources to explore along your path to fluency.
・Bunpro was designed to *supplement* your Japanese grammar studies. Our goal is to provide you with the tools you need to make studying grammar easier. Whether you just want to check which JLPT level a grammar point falls under or if you want to master a grammar point by reviewing it via our manual input SRS system, we want to make Bunpro your go-to site for Japanese grammar.
This has been a valuable learning experience for us and we intend to utilize the knowledge that we have gained as we continue to make changes to Bunpro. Thank you again for all of your feedback, kind words, patience and understanding.