This is the Ajatt-Tools Resources List. With the help of our community we've gathered the links to help you in your Japanese studies. We prioritize libre software and content that you can download for free. Everyone is welcome to suggest more resources in our chat.
The third party resources below may contain what Tatsumoto considers to be ineffective language learning advice. If you find something that contradicts what's written in this guide, assume it's wrong or verify by asking people in our chat.
- Ajatt-Tools JP1K Anki deck
- Kanjidamage. The best mnemonic-based method of learning kanji in isolation.
- Kanjidamage+ reference. KanjiDamage+ kanji list on a single web page.
- RTK search. Kanji characters with Koohii stories.
- Ankidrone Starter Pack
- Ankidrone Sentence Pack
- Core 6k/10k vocabulary reference
- Core 10k Anki deck
- Jalup. This pack has a lot of cards. Unless you love doing Anki, I don't think it's necessary.
- Core 2.3k. You have to change the card template from Word Cards to Targeted Sentence Cards yourself.
- Tae Kim's grammar guide. A guide to Japanese grammar. It breaks down Japanese in a logical and straightforward way and covers all the basics without going into too much detail.
- Dictionary of Japanese Grammar Reference. An online reference of the seminal A Dictionary of Japanese Grammar book series.
- DoJG Anki deck
- 毎日のんびり日本語教師. A website run by a Japanese teacher living in China. Grammar is sorted by JLPT levels. The entries are in Japanese (monolingual definitions) and Chinese. Provides example sentences.
- 国語文法. Japanese grammar taught by a Japanese teacher.
- 国語－文法 playlist
- dethitiengnhat. Here you can prepare by taking tests from previous years.
- JLPT Grammar List. Covers grammar for all JLPT levels.
- 問題検索室. Search JLPT questions by keyword.
- JTest4You. Practice tests and resources by JLPT levels.
- JLPT文法解説まとめ. Introduces you to grammar patterns that exist in JLPT. This site is much better than the rest and probably the best free way to learn grammar used in the JLPT exam.
- 毎日のんびり日本語教師. Described in Grammar in Japanese.
Sometimes you might find yourself in a situation where you want to add a word to your SRS but the example sentence you've found the word in is too complicated, or you've lost it because you forgot to save it. In such cases sites with example sentences come to rescue.
- Massif. Allows you to search over 30 million unique Japanese sentences.
- Sentence Search. Contains voiced sentences from various premade decks. Grab an offline version here.
- Aozorasearch. Performs a full-text search on Aozora Bunko (digital library).
- Weblio英語例文検索. Made for Japanese people learning English but can be used in reverse.
- Forvo. Has many words pronounced in isolation but not so many sentences.
- YouGlish for Japanese
- Jisho.org. I don't recommend Jisho because it suggests sentences from Tatoeba. Many of them come from non-native speakers.
Don't use streaming sites and sites for reading manga online if possible. Always download what you consume. Storing immersion material locally makes mining substantially easier.
A torrent tracker is a site that hosts user-uploaded torrent files. To download something (like an anime) using torrents you usually download a torrent file and open it with a torrent client. The torrent client then downloads the actual content. Before using the torrent sites, choose a torrent client.
Nyaa. A torrent site with anime, manga, light novels and Japanese dramas. Contains 98% of what you need to actually learn Japanese.
Unfortunately, Nyaa is blocked in some countries. Accessing it through Tor can be difficult due to DDOS protection. If you can't access the site, use a mirror. Currently, there's only one working mirror I know, Nyaa ISS.
Rutracker. Another torrent site. Has lots of Japanese movies, dramas and anime. Ongoing anime gets uploaded with a noticeable delay. Refer to Nyaa first if you watch ongoings.
This site can be accessed through Tor.
Animebytes. A private tracker. Offers content similar to what you find on Nyaa ISS.
AvistaZ. A private tracker for Asian movies and TV-shows.
AsianCinema.Me. Asian private tracker for Movies only.
JPTVTS.US. A private tracker for japanese content only.
JPTV.CLUB. Another private tracker. You can join if you have accounts on other private trackers. Most uploads contain Japanese subs straight from the broadcast.
anisource. An aggregate site for high quality raws from Raws-4U, スカー Raws and Leopard-Raws.
- Animelon. Watch anime with Japanese subtitles.
- Anjsub. A site similar to Animelon.
- B9GOOD. Watch raw anime online.
- ZORO.to. Another anime streaming site. You can switch between audio and subtitle tracks in multiple languages.
- AQStream. Watch Japanese TV.
- BiliBili. A Chinese website with a bunch of TV shows.
m3uplaylist with Japanese
IPTVchannels which you can open in mpv. You can switch channels in mpv by pressing
Lets you watch a live stream with news,
To avoid running nonfree JS,
watch the stream in
mpvby creating a desktop shortcut.
- keylabo. Similarly to News24, lists a number of channels you can watch online. Unfortunately, not all of them can be opened in mpv.
Main article: Immersion with YouTube
- Japanese YouTube channels with japanese subtitles
- Channels for pre-beginner Japanese learners.
- テレ東BIZ. News. Doesn't have subs, but has transcriptions.
- Discovery Channel Japan
Here you can watch videos from TikTok: proxitok.herokuapp.com
Find Japanese videos by tags, for example: tiktokでニュース
Browsing will lead you to more tags.
- Japan Encodings. A site with Mega links to western movies with Japanese dubs. Install megatools to be able to download files from Mega.
- JAP DUB. A shared folder with movies and other content with Japanese dubs.
- jraws. Some jdramas.
- Compressed audio
- Condensed audio catalog
- Audiobooks 1
- Audiobooks 2
Torrent sites. Expore them first.
nhentai. For a bit of light reading. Many mangas on the site are just 25-30 pages long, which is perfect for beginners who can't bear long reading sessions yet.
Translations are also available. Make sure to only search in Japanese.
Bilingualmanga. Bilingual manga reader where you can switch from English to Japanese with furigana.
Raw Senmanga. View raw manga online.
- Don't click on any Discord links.
Manga-zip. Manga archive.
Rawdevart. Raw manga online.
同人あんてな. Free eromanga and doujinshi.
raw-cans. This website has scans of a lot of manga, as well as shounen jump, young jump and other manga magazines.
Manga Raw. Read manga online.
MIKARAW. Read manga online.
マンガ図書館Z. Manga library. Read manga for free.
となりのヤングジャンプ. A site where you can read manga online.
DLRAW. Raw manga archived as zip and rar files.
RAWKUMA. Like Senmanga, hosts manga online.
- Don't click on any Discord links.
- zlibrary. A library with books in any language. Has a tor version.
- 小説を読もう！. Lets you read web novels for free.
小説を読もう！. Search and read web novels online.
- 青空文庫. An Internet library of classic Japanese literature.
- Aozora Bunko archive.
Books from Aozora Bunko in
- Aozora Bunko stats. Books sorted by the number of kanji used.
- DL-Zip.net. Download manga, light novels, magazines and books for free.
- Itazuraneko 小説図書館. A light novel library of questionable quality.
- Nyaa. You can find books on Nyaa too.
- boroboro epubs and azw3. A list of books in Epub and azw3 formats.
- Sōseki Project. Works of 夏目漱石 with a number of tools to assist the students of Japanese.
- Podcasts opml. About 200 Japanese podcasts for constant passive listening.
- AuDee Podcasts
- Audiobooks on Itazuraneko
You may need a Japanese IP address for some of these.
- kitsunekko archive
- Xavier's Retimed JP Sub Pack
- Jpsubbers drama subtitles
- Subtitles by BritVSJapan
- Nekomoe Kissaten
- This gist
- Japanese Movie Subtitles
- LibreWolf. A web browser based on Firefox that comes with an Ad Block by default. You can find it in AUR.
- Anki A free/libre flashcard application.
- Sxiv. An image viewer perfect for reading manga.
- Trackma. Track your immersion on one of the supported sites.
- subs2srs. Takes video files and subtitle files and creates cards with screenshots and/or audio for each line in the sub file. Useful for batch extracting audio from videos.
A subtitle editor.
It can convert image-based subtitles (
.sub) to text-based (
.srt) via an OCR engine such as Tesseract.
Main article: Mining from manga.
- mokuro. Can be used to OCR Japanese text instead of Tesseract.
- Poricom. Manga OCR desktop application.
- kanjitomo. An OCR program written in Java. Note that you can't use Japanese to Japanese dictionaries with it.
Cool Reader. E-book viewer. One day Foliate stopped working for me, so I had to search for a replacement. This one gets the job done, though it lacks a number of features I would like to have. After installation open Settings and choose Japanese fonts to avoid Chinese fallbacks. Yu Mincho worked for me. Japanese
Notofonts did not, some text was still in Chinese.
If you can't open books, run the
chmodcommand from their issue tracker. In Preferences, set "When a word is selected" to "Copy" and "When multiple words are selected" to "Copy". This should be enough to comfortably use Foliate with Yomicah Search. Change Layout to "Scrolled" in Advanced section of the menu to prevent lags and ensure a consistent layout.
Use keyboard shortcuts, "n" to go to the next page and "p" to go to the previous page. To scroll without the mouse, press "j" and "k".
KOreader. A book reader. The interface sucks because it was designed to be used on some obscure devices, but at least you can open a light novel and see furigana rendered properly. I recommend installing the appimage AUR package because the *-bin AUR package didn't work for me.
zathura. A minimalistic document viewer. Can be used to read novels. Doesn't display furigana correctly.
- Noto Fonts. Google Noto TTF fonts.
- Source Han. The Adobe-branded Source Han Sans, Source Han Serif and Source Han Code JP typefaces.
- Kanji stroke order font
- 新正楷書CBSK1. A good brush font. Supports around 13,000 characters.
- AJT archive. The fonts I use. Contains Yu Mincho, semi-cursive fonts and stroke order fonts.
mpv is the best video player for language learning.
Make Anki cards in mpv:
With mpd you can listen to condensed audio, audiobooks and Japanese music.
- Passive listening how to.
- ncmpcpp. Probably the most popular mpd client.
- mpc. A CLI mpd client, great for scripting.
- qBittorrent. A free/libre torrent client alternative to µTorrent. Use search plugins, they save you so much time that you'd otherwise spend going to each torrent site individually.
- KTorrent. A BitTorrent client for KDE.
- Transmission. A light-weight and cross-platform BitTorrent client. See transmission-gtk.
- Megatools. A command line client for Mega.
- youtube-dl. A command-line program that lets you download videos and audio from YouTube and more than a thousand other sites.
- mangadesk. Download manga directly from your terminal.
- HakuNeko. A cross-platform downloader for manga and anime from various websites.
I urge everyone to reject mobile phones because they're surveillance tools. If you do own a cellphone, be sure to install F-Droid, which is an application catalog for libre programs. Get rid of Google Play by flashing a new ROM or by rooting your phone and deleting all Google applications. Don't buy iThings, you can't run a free OS on them.
F-Droid can be flashed using TWRP or other Android recovery to allow for automatic background updates.
- Mozc for Android. A Japanese Input Method Editor (IME) for typing Japanese text on a phone.
- AnkiDroid. A free/libre flashcard application, Android version.
- AnkiConnect for Android. A program that helps creating Anki cards on Android. Probably not needed because AnkiDroid has AnkiDroid API.
- Tachiyomi. Free/libre manga reader for Android.
- OCR Manga Reader. Android Manga reader with Japanese OCR and dictionary capabilities. Supports EPWING monolingual dictionaries.
- KOreader. A book reader.
- Typhon Reader. An EPUB reader for Android that lets you look up words as you read, similarly to Yomichan. Also supports EPWING dictionaries.
- mpv for Android. See the mpv section.
- VLC. A fast and user-friendly video player for Android.
- Jidoujisho. A mobile video player tailored for Japanese language learners.
Audio players are used to play locally stored audio files. Although their primary purpose is to play music, for language learning a better choice would be to listen to audiobooks, podcasts or audio extracted from movies and TV shows.
All available players are listed on F-Droid catalog.
Yomichan is a browser extension that lets you easily look up unknown words.
- Dictionariez. A popup-dictionary extension that works similarly to Yomichan. Good for learners of English.
- wadoku.de. Has pitch accent.
- 広辞苑無料検索. Allows you to search many monolingual dictionaries.
- OJAD. A pitch accent dictionary.
- 日本語俗語辞書. A monolingual slang dictionary.
Helps you decipher words partially occluded by symbols like
- ふりがな文庫. For any given word, searches through Aozora Bunko for all instances where it was used with furigana and shows the percentage of each reading. Great for when the dictionary lists multiple readings, and you want to know which is dominant.
- 書き順. A website that shows you how to write a given kanji and how it looks written in different fonts.
- 漢字辞典. Monolingual kanji dictionary.
- Jotoba. Jotoba is an open source multilingual Japanese dictionary.
- 連想類語辞典. A dictionary of synonyms.
- Qolibri. A Qt-based EPWING dictionary viewer. Requires dictionary files. Refer to setup guide.
A GTK2 based EPWING dictionary viewer.
Like Qolibri, EBView requires you to specify where to look for the dictionary files.
To set it up, refer to the
- Tagaini Jisho
The quality of machine translation is very low. Your goal is not to translate Japanese but to be able to understand it the first time. Don't use translators for anything serious. You've been warned.
- 韻律読み上げチュータスズキクン. Generate text-to-speech sentences with somewhat accurate pitch accent (don't assume it's correct).
- Japanese Accent Study Website. A useful site with pitch accent information for counters, verb conjugations, place names, surnames and Japanese celebrities.
- NHK日本語発音アクセント新辞典・付録. A scan of the NHK Pitch Accent dictionary, specifically the sections at the back (which aren't in the EPWING) that explain the theory, rules and patterns.
- 新明解日本語アクセント辞典 第2版・付録. A scan of the Shinmeikai Pitch Accent dictionary, specifically the sections at the back that explain the theory, rules and patterns.
- 京言葉. A website on Kyoto dialect.
How to learn Japanese on your own, having fun and to fluency.
- Lazy Kanji. One of the many methods of learning kanji.
- 10,000 Sentences: How. The sentence mining method Khatzumoto used for learning Japanese.
- On Grammar.
- Includes links to the Amazon website. Amazon is known for spying on and politically suppressing its users.
- Contains outdated information.
- Talks about MCD, which is a flashcard format that hasn't received much adoption over the years due to being too difficult and complicated.
- Advertises unnecessary paid products.
- Tries to harvest Email addresses.
This site was initially introduced as a free guide designed to be applicable to any language. Later proved to be a Patreon scam, but there are some helpful articles you can read without paying money.
- Recommends and includes links to proprietary spyware such as Hellotalk, Tandem, Bilingua, Netflix, Migaku, etc.
- Includes instructions on how to join their Discord server. Discord is known for spying on and politically suppressing its users.
- Collects Email addresses which is to say the least suspicious.
- Tries to sell you useless junk.
A collection of guides for those interested in learning Japanese.
- Includes links to non-free software.
- Includes links to Discord servers. Discord is known for spying on and politically suppressing its users.
- Contains outdated information.
A site on how to learn English. Made by Poles who learned English to native-level fluency. What they used to learn English can be applied for learning any other language, including Japanese.
TheMoeWay and AnimeCards
Unfortunately, these two sites are clearly made with Windows users in mind, but maybe you'll find useful language learning advice there.
- The sites try to deny the importance of freedom and legitimize proprietary software.
- They include instructions for playing visual novels. Most visual novels should be avoided since they are proprietary.
- They mention software that requires proprietary operating systems to run.
- They include links to Discord servers. Discord is known for spying on and politically suppressing its users.
- Both sites recommend "anime cards". In my opinion, TSC is the most efficient way to combine Anki with immersion.
- Japanese Mega Learning Pack
- Japanese bookmarks by pachimon
- Immersion Wiki
- Mia's Japanese quickstart guide. Her guide is a little outdated but can still be useful.
- User Uploaded Anki Decks.
subs2srsAnki decks for popular anime and movies.