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Next Steps

Posted by Outlier Linguistic Solutions (Creator)

Happy New Year, everyone!

First, thank you so much for your support during this campaign! Unfortunately, the campaign was unsuccessful. But that doesn't mean that the project won't happen!

After much deliberation, we've decided to relaunch. I think our biggest problem this time was simply launching before we were ready. So this time, we're going to wait until everything is in place (especially the demo) before launching.

We would also love to hear your feedback on the campaign; was anything confusing or unclear? Is there anything you would have liked to see on the page that wasn't there?

One of our biggest friction points during this campaign was the amount of money we were trying to raise. Perhaps we didn't do a good job explaining why we need that much, but this project is a massive undertaking and $50,000 is really a shoestring budget for something like this. However, we may try to figure out a way to make a smaller budget work anyway (possibly by releasing a Mini Edition first, and using sales from that to make up the difference).

We'll be changing the demo a bit so you can see more clearly what the final product will look like. We'll add some Expert Edition entries as well. In the meantime, if you're interested, you can check out the Chinese demo here. It's pretty cool.

There are a few ways you can keep up to date with what's going on with us:

  • Of course, any major announcements (such as the relaunch) will be posted as an update on this Kickstarter page, and you'll get a notification via email any time I post an update
  • You can like our Facebook page (our page for students of Chinese is here) or follow us on Twitter
  • You can sign up for our mailing list 

You can also get in touch ( any time if you have questions!

-The Outlier Team


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      Mizu88 on

      This dictionary looked extremely promising considering there are a lot information that will be put inside it. I wanted to mention 2 things:
      1. There a lot of android users as well and basically the one that does not have proper japanese dictionary is android. So I hope you can give the demo as well.
      2. Not a lot of users use Japanese app. It is good because it is free, but it does not have as many functions as another paid apps. so I hope you can tackle the method to spread the words.

      Anyway, you did a good job, but I think you need to fight harder. Good luck. I will back you again when you relaunch it.

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      Yony Kochinski on

      Sorry it didn't work this time around. This is the first time I backed a project and I was looking forward to seeing it materialize.

      I think what might have been missing is how this great product is going to solve our problem: learning kanji faster (unless that's not the problem you're trying to solve). Having interesting information about the etymology of kanji characters is nice, but how is that going to make kanji stick in my mind better?

      Look at Wanikani's front page ( for example:

      "2,000 kanji. 6,000 vocabulary words. In just over a year."

      In one sentence it tells me exactly the problem its solving for me and it makes a big promise. I felt that in your video you focused a lot on your interesting solution, but not enough on how it was going to get me to my goal. There are a lot of systems out there that try to do the same thing, e.g., Remembering The Kanji, Kodansha, Wanikani, etc. I think you need to focus on how yours is better and frame it in terms of problem: learn faster, retain longer, or whatever it may be.

      Good luck!

    3. Lalo Martins on

      … I was a bit shocked that I only heard about this when it was almost over. If anything, I think both you as a team and us as supporters need to figure out how to get the word out more. There isn't much of a “scene” for studying Japanese, but IMO it would be nice if you could get the few people that have clout there to write about it… Koishi, Tae Kim, Clayton MacKnight, Jonathan Waller, I don't know.