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Agreed, we don’t want this thread turning into a flame war or an argument. I’m going to check out the ebook very soon. The ebook’s price after today or tomorrow will go upto $30 for non TextFugu members. For TextFugu members, it will always be $10.
While I see the point you’re tying to make, that’s not exactly a fair comparison. Like I said in my previous post, TextFugu is a work in progress. I knew full well what I was buying before I took out my initial months membership which I then upgraded to a lifetime one. I always knew there may come a time where I have finished all available lessons here on TextFugu, and If that is the case, I have other resources I can switch to while waiting for new lessons. TextFugu is my main resource but I also own some physical textbooks I can look at, not to mention the tons of sites on the net.
I already feel I have gotten my moneys worth and I haven’t even finished all the lessons yet. I have no hesitation in recommending TextFugu to anyone. TextFugu will continue to grow and more content be added in the future. As lifetime members we won’t have to pay another cent for new content whereas the price of monthly and lifetime memberships could increase.
It doesn’t bother me if Koichi doesn’t stick to his promised deadlines. I’m a patient person and can only imagine the thought and hard work that goes into each and every lesson. Koichi has been in our position before, and knows what is relevant, which ways to teach, amongst other useful tips.
Which OS are you using? Pretty sure most people just use an english keyboard with an IME. My OS is Windows 7 and I use the built in Windows IME. I will however check out the Google Japanese IME at some point as I’ve heard good things about it.
Glad alot of people have replied to this thread since I first posted. It’s nice to see a worldwide community on here. Wish you all good luck with your studies.
After reading through this thread, I can understand some fellow members frustrations at TextFugu being incomplete or Koichi not adding new lessons regularly. The way I see it is, TextFugu is a work in progress. Koichi has been learning Japanese for years now. He’s giving us indispensable knowledge, tips and hints that we wouldn’t get from anywhere else. His way of teaching Japanese is the best self study method and far better than going through a physical textbook or software like Rosetta Stone.
I first became aware of TextFugu after reading articles on Tofugu and watching Koichi’s YouTube videos. I instantly found them interesting and funny. This then made me take out a months trial membership to see if I liked TextFugu or not. After a few days, I then upgraded to a lifetime membership. I have to say, this is the best $120 I’ve ever spent.
I’m sure it takes awhile to start writing up new lessons from scratch, then going through them to see if they make sense from us (the students) point of view. You can forgive Koichi for not sticking to his promised timeframe. He doesn’t want to teach us something incorrect or in a way we won’t understand.
For anyone that has finished all the current lessons on TextFugu and waiting for more to be published, you can always subscribe to Gakuu.com. Gakuu is a sister site to TextFugu. Koichi and the guy who runs Gakuu (Michael), know each other and I’ve even seen him post on the TextFugu forums sometimes.
If you go to the dashboard and click “Bonus” you can subscribe to Gakuu at 80% off the full price by clicking on the link there. That in itself is also a great deal. I bought a membership to Gakuu soon after the 80% off promotion began. I think I paid $20 which is a bargain for a lifetime membership. I won’t be using Gakuu just yet though as I am still going through TextFugu.
As for the recently published ebook and any future ones, I have no problem paying for them. As TextFugu members we get 66% off the first one. I don’t mind paying $10 for something that will ultimately help me in the long run. The ebook will have chapters added to it in the future. If you really don’t like it, you can always get a refund up until 60 days after purchase.
I am grateful for all Koichi and Hashi have done for Tofugu and TextFugu. I look forward to going through TextFugu, and all ebooks that will be published. I hope this community gets even more stronger and bigger.
Hey spring. Welcome to TextFugu. I’m guessing you already speak Mandarin or Taiwanese? I have a friend who speaks a few languages (Mandarin and Cantonese being two of them), he found Kanji really easy while learning Japanese. The grammar was the hardest part for him. How far are you into your Japanese studies?
Thanks for the warm welcome everyone. I look forward to progressing with my Japanese studies on here :)