Satori Reader is coming

I’m very excited to take the wraps off a project we’ve been working on for a long time. Today, we’re announcing open beta registration for our next big thing: Satori Reader.

One of the most common questions we get from readers is “Where do I go next?” Regardless of whether you’ve worked through the Human Japanese series or come from another background, a challenge that all intermediate students face is bridging the gap between the controlled Japanese of the learning environment, where the author is careful not to overwhelm, and the off-the-rails, wide-open world of communication intended for native speakers.

Satori Reader is our best effort to give students everything they need to navigate this stage of their journey and comprehend Japanese more deeply every day. It is:

  • A steady stream of fresh Japanese content…
  • Spanning many different modes of communication…
  • Available in multiple difficulty levels
  • Presented in kanji and kana according to your knowledge
  • Richly annotated with definitions, translations, and notes…
  • Accompanied by high-quality recordings
  • With built-in support for spaced-repetition review.

I could write paragraphs about each of these points, but things will make the most sense when you see them for yourself. Suffice it to say that this list represents everything we wish we had had when we were at an earlier stage of our own studies. We are really, really excited for you to get in there and take a look.

Satori Reader will start in beta in the coming weeks, and we would love to get your feedback on everything. If you’re interested in taking part, please hop on over to the beta tester signup website and let us know.

Thanks and see you there!


6 thoughts on “Satori Reader is coming”

  1. This is awesome! It’s true, sometimes, when learning a language, you can get stuck on where to get to the next level, and so, some people stay in that ‘limbo’, where they review over and over the same content. It’s happened to me so many times!


  2. I said it on January and repeat it now, I’m really excited to see what is next. So I’m waiting completely hyped for the beta!


  3. I got a first-hand look at Satori Reader a couple of days ago and was blown away. It is an extremely well-executed learning system, and I know it will be a huge help for all of us still trying to learn to read natural Japanese!


  4. What to do ? Wait for the final version or apply for the beta ?What do you think ? Do you know when the final version will be available ? Is there a big difference ?


    1. If you’re interested, there’s no harm in signing up for the beta. You’ll see the product with some rough edges, but you’ll also be able to help shape the kind of content we create. We don’t yet know how long the beta period will be, but it will probably be a several-month affair.


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