Three years ago I noticed the enormous amount of time language learners spend doing things that don’t improve their language skill. For example, at the time I planned to turn a Japanese textbook into flashcards so I could study it systematically. Adapting materials like this is extremely common, but it would take more than 3 months of 40 hour weeks. This was such a stupidly excessive waste of time I was dumbfounded. Parsnip came directly from trying cut out all the non-essential bits in independent language learning and focusing on user interest to select content.