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October 12, 2006
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Hey! Thanks for visiting! This site is about how you can learn Japanese without taking classes, by having fun and doing things you enjoy—watching movies, playing video games, reading comic books—you know: fun stuff! Stuff that you feel guilty about doing because you should be doing “serious things”.

Khatzumoto looking friendly for the camera

I am your host, Khatzumoto. My zits have been photoshopped out of that picture. I learned Japanese in 18 months by having fun. In June 2004, at the ripe old age of 21, all post-pubescent and supposedly past my mental/linguistic prime, I started learning Japanese. By September 2005, I had learned enough to read technical material, conduct business correspondence and job interviews in Japanese. By the next month, I landed a job as a software engineer at a gigantic Japanese corporation in Tokyo (yay! 1).

I didn’t take classes (except for a high-level “newspaper reading” class…which merely confirmed that classes, um, suck); I didn’t read textbooks and I had never lived in Japan.

So how did I do it? Well, by spending 18-24 hours a day doing something, anything in Japanese (“all Japanese, all the time”). That sounds like a lot of time to invest, but I was almost as busy as you are: a full-time student majoring in computer science at a university in the armpit of the US (Utah), physically far from Japan and Japanese people. I had computer science coursework, jobs and even a non-Japanese “significant other”. In other words, I had a life.

So what? Well, my point is not that I’m better than you or smarter than you. I am not. I am not special—in fact, I have an embarrassing history of making incredibly dumb mistakes that other people just never make. But I achieved some good results and there were reasons for that, namely:

1. The belief that I could become fluent in Japanese
2. Constantly doing fun stuff in Japanese

A lot of people have since asked me questions like “hey Khatzumoto, how did you do it?”, and lots of Japanese people ask me “hey Khatzumoto, how many years have you lived in Japan?”. The answer to the first question is this website. The answer to the second question is 4 months (as of October 2006). So this site exists for 2 reasons:

1. To tell you how I learned Japanese by having fun, so that you can do it, too.
2. To give you some new cool tools that I did not have, and that would have made things much faster and easier for me.

Now, not everything works for everyone. But I believe that a lot of what you will find on this site will work for you. I am not telling you that I am going to teach you Japanese. I won’t. No one will. No one can. I am telling you that if you start giving your life to Japanese every-single-day-24/7/365, then you will not just learn Japanese, you will become Japanese. And I am telling you that the way to do that is to do fun things and only fun things: boring classes, boring textbooks and whiny classmates are out! Despite what you may have been raised to believe, boredom is not the same as learning; it’s the opposite; it is by enjoying ourselves that we truly learn.

So, if you’re wanting to learn Japanese but don’t know where to start, or if you already know some but want to take it further, and if you want to not just get by in Japanese but to own it, than this site is here for you, to share with you the tools and information that you can use to learn Japanese to native-level fluency.

OK, let’s get into it!

Notes:

  1. As it turns out, I hate working and really the entire concept of a job, so, “not yay”. But it was pretty cool at the time, fulfilling a childhood dream of making the gadgets I used. Anyway, it’s a long story; I’ll tell it to ya sometime. I think you’ll especially enjoy the part where I burned my suit in protest.
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161 Responses to About

  1. Golden Week Chilling « Chapter Shi on April 29, 2008 at 17:51

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  5. [...] tipo de filosofia/metodologia vai seguir. Leia meu blog, leia os links do meu blog, principalmente AJATT, Stephen Krashen e Steve Kaufmann. Leia a parte “Mental Tools” do AJATT. Eu sei que [...]

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  7. [...] com o Aprenda Japonês com o Tatau, o Jo, com o Aprendendo Japonês, o Katsumoto (o mestre!) com o All Japanese All The Time, a Loretta com seus videos “As dificuldades do japonês“, o Kaufmann com suas idéias [...]

  8. [...] aquém do esperado, eu praticamente já havia desistido dos estudos, quando me deparei com o AJATT [All Japanese All The Time]. Esse blog mudou todo meu modo de pensar a respeito do idioma e a respeito do modo de aprender [...]

  9. [...] Freak (mesmo com uma visão um pouco diferente da minha xD). Em inglês é recomendadíssimo o All Japanese All The Time, o blog do Steve Kaufmann, o LingQ e o Kanji Clinic, entre alguns outros…. Gostaria de [...]

  10. [...] Por mais lento e não prático que isso pareça, em termos de qualidade é muito melhor que os dicionários bi-linguais. Aqui entram alguns fatores lógicos. Primeiro que a língua é algo finito e de certo modo cíclico. Definições levam a definições, que levam a outras definições que levam a outras e outras, e que voltam àquela mesma definição inicial. Muitas vezes você só precisa achar um único ponto em meio a várias definições para isso desencadear sua compreensão. Segundo, o dicionário é metalinguístico, ou seja, a língua falando da língua. Você tem uma coisa que se auto-explica! Se você não consegue entender, então tem de trabalhar em cima disso. (If you can’t understand it, it means you need to work on it. Katsumoto, AJATT). [...]

  11. [...] só de chato mesmo. A questão é novamente atitude. Tudo que eu digo vem das idéias do grande Katsumoto, assim você até pode ir ler o blog dele que é bem melhor que o meu. Mas caso você queira ficar [...]

  12. Stephen Krashen | Como Aprender Japonês on August 14, 2008 at 03:18

    [...] Ambos os sites que mudaram meu modo de pensar em relação ao estudo de línguas estrangeiras (AJATT e The Linguist) são forte e claramente influenciados pelas idéias de Krashen. As idéias de Steve [...]

  13. [...] entando, recentemente eu venho estudando usando métodos mais eficientes. RTK, LingQ, AJATT, SRSs, tudo isso está funcionando bem melhor do que meus estudos tradicionais…Dei então uma [...]

  14. [...] one chap on the internet who reckons that the only way to become properly fluent in a language is to immerse [...]

  15. [...] make something boring out of something interesting. It doesn’t have to be that way though. Have fun learning Japanese outside of classes, and it will become more interesting in [...]

  16. [...] dicas de japonês: Como aprender japonês (ele explica melhor sobre o Anki), Aprendendo Japonês, All Japanese All The Time (em inglês), e procurando em sites de pesquisa você acha muita coisa. RSS 2.0 | comentar | [...]

  17. [...] On the other hand, good methods when used wrong can produce poor results. Some methods can be too hardcore for our simple minds, although we know the method itself really works, we just can’t follow/do [...]

  18. [...] grand master from AJATT already told us all about it. In order to learn a language you have to surround yourself with the [...]

  19. [...] fricking day! And don’t compare yourself with others. Just do it every day and keep going! Katz said “I’m going to act Japanese and I’m going to keep acting Japanese until it’s not [...]

  20. LÉON » Things and things on December 28, 2008 at 15:41

    [...] Like many people, I figured I was too old, too stupid and/or too lazy. But after coming across alljapaneseallthetime.com I realized that I was just going about it too [...]

  21. [...] you can start with: iKnow! – The Social Learning Platform. – iKnow! Language exchange SNS Lang-8 All Japanese All The Time Dot Com: How to learn Japanese. On your own, having fun and to fluency. … www.kanjisite.com/index.html Here is a good blog on breaking down learning the language: [...]

  22. [...] actually converse.  Trying to do this alone is more challenging: I’ve become a proponent of AJATT (All Japanese All the Time) and I was blessed to find JOI.  And now it’s on to [...]

  23. [...] totals to just over 3000 characters. When I’m done with this, I plan to continue with the AJATT-method, though I’m still uncertain about the details. For now though, I’m just gonna keep [...]

  24. [...] night, I came upon this blog of a college senior who learned Japanese in 18 months, by himself. No classes. No traveling to [...]

  25. [...] AllJapaneseAlltheTime.com is essential for any Japanese language student.  Especially the lazy ones. Khatzumoto, an American linguistic ninja tells of his experiences and shares his tips for language learning: I learned Japanese in 18 months by having fun. In June 2004, at the ripe old age of 21, all post-pubescent and supposedly past my mental/linguistic prime, I started learning Japanese. By September 2005, I had learned enough to read technical material, conduct business correspondence and job interviews in Japanese. By the next month, I landed a job as a software engineer at a large Japanese company in Tokyo (yay!). [...]

  26. [...] All Japanese All The Time. I might not agree with everything this guy says but I have ignored what he has written for too [...]

  27. [...] tool and to give basic comprehension and this is why I am choosing it again to study (as well as Khatzumoto over at AJATT recommending it as the first stage). Additionally, I think it’s one of the more effective [...]

  28. [...] any foreign language class, ) This is a very good site if you want to start learning japanese; All Japanese All The Time Dot Com: How to learn Japanese. On your own, having fun and to fluency. Ab… __________________ "Never bring tears to a woman’s eyes! It’s our job to protect [...]

  29. [...] de mon apprentissage des kanjis, j’avoue que je lis rarement le blog de Khatzumoto, All Japanese All The Time (AJATT pour les intimes). Peut etre parce que c’est un peu dur pour la self-estim de voir [...]

  30. [...] the longest time I haven’t been learning Japanese. I mean really learning it. I guess I have JATT to thank for this. His stories and learning tips have been very helpful and encouraging for me. I [...]

  31. [...] if your not learning Japanese, I highly recommend that you check out AllJapaneseAlltheTime.com, its a truely inspirational [...]

  32. [...] last thing I use is software called iKnow. This goes against the AJATT method (as does JapanesePod1o1) but I live here and I need to be able to speak to/understand the [...]

  33. ni… hon… what? « 日本…何? on May 3, 2009 at 23:18

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  34. [...] The way to learn to Korean well, as with any other language, is to listen and read lots of authentic content. Listening to the way Koreans really speak to each other, over and over again. This sticks the patterns in your brain, it sticks the pronunciation in your brain, both of which can be difficult points for Western learners.  The Linguist, Steve Kaufmann (who speaks ten languages fluently) knows this better than anyone else and regularly writes about it on his personal blog like in this article here. Khatzumoto also knows this very well, and these methods are what helped him to become very fluent in Japanese. [...]

  35. JAMAP, AMJAP, and AJATT « OLiSPIELS on May 17, 2009 at 13:19

    [...] those familiar with Khatzumoto’s AJATT (All Japanese All The Time) I bring you JAMAP/AMJAP. For those unfamiliar Khatzu is a guy who went [...]

  36. [...] I have began my latest Study scheme Plan a few days ago, and last night was the first time I tried Khatzumoto’s listen while you sleep [...]

  37. [...] riscontrando sia giudizi positivi che negativi. In particolare sono stato colpito dal blog “All Japanese All The Time” che fa del metodo Heisig parte integrante del metodo AJATT (All Japanese All The Time) che [...]

  38. First Post « On My Way To Japan on June 25, 2009 at 13:14

    [...] around the fall of last year I followed a link on a Japanese learning blog to a site called All Japanese All The Time (AJATT). The method outlined in AJATT was the idea of complete immersion in a Japanese environment and [...]

  39. [...] makes the benefits of motivation and time stick. It is also the foundation of study methods like AJATT (All Japanese All The Time) or spaced repetition flashcard software such as Anki (free), Mnemosyne [...]

  40. All Japanese All The Time (AJATT) on July 18, 2009 at 23:46

    [...] time last year I had a look at All Japanese All The Time or AJATT, a website run by the slightly controversial ‘Khatzumoto’. I say slightly [...]

  41. [...] and tools to use when studying? Well, I am personally a major fan of the method prescribed at AllJapaneseAllTheTime.com, with a few caveats. The basis of the AJATT method is “sentence mining,” wherein you [...]

  42. [...] All Japanese All The Time Dot Com Don’t let the title fool you as AJATT is an amazying blog for any language. You can also follow Khatzumoto’s (ajatt) words of wisdom on twitter. [...]

  43. [...] for the younger generation. There just needs to be some kind of growing awareness. The great Khatzumoto-san has no trouble at all on his part (but he’s in Tokyo so..ehhh..). The older generation, I can [...]

  44. [...] yeah, and for Hollywood to stop making stereotypes! At least, to change out of it…) The great Khatzumoto-san has no trouble at all on his part (but he’s in Tokyo so..ehhh..). The older generation, I can [...]

  45. [...] you’re using the AJATT (All Japanese All The Time) method for studying Japanese, one of the things you must do is to [...]

  46. [...] Jaybot: Don’t even worry about speaking it. Just concentrate on lots of input. A bunch of bright Polish kids figured this out when learning English. They have a wonderful website (in English) here: antimoon.com/ Then another brilliant guy figured out how to do this with Japanese at All Japanese All the Time here: www.alljapaneseallthetime.com/blog/about [...]

  47. [...] Jaybot: Don’t even worry about speaking it. Just concentrate on lots of input. A bunch of bright Polish kids figured this out when learning English. They have a wonderful website (in English) here: antimoon.com/ Then another brilliant guy figured out how to do this with Japanese at All Japanese All the Time here: www.alljapaneseallthetime.com/blog/about [...]

  48. [...] in most the Korean language books I have read. Right now I look up to and idolism the greatness of Khatzumoto of all Japanese all the time for his sheer commitment to dispelling all the myths that make Japanese seem so difficult for so [...]

  49. Autodidact: Be A Self-Teacher « Glowing Face Man on September 19, 2009 at 14:31

    [...] which put me solidly on the road to Japanese. From there I was even led to Khatzumoto’s AJATT Site, which takes Japanese self-study and streamlines it and optimizes it and elitizes it so much it [...]

  50. mattgirod.com » Blog Archive » A New Method on October 13, 2009 at 09:49

    [...] Last week I found the website, Korean {as it is}. James Devereux, the blogger referenced this man, Khatzumoto as an inspiration to his study methods.  I visited Khatzumoto’s [...]

  51. Languages & Listening Methods? on October 19, 2009 at 23:31

    [...] REALLY helpful in improving listening and speaking as well as intonation and pronunciation> All Japanese All The Time Dot Com: How to learn Japanese. On your own, having fun and to fluency. Ab… <This site is a really good, FREE site that helps you get down the basics in Japanese.> Tae [...]

  52. [...] and Joyo kanji BEFORE you do anything else. That seems REALLY tough, but I’ve read all about it on AJATT (Khatzimoto makes a really convincing argument, but he also seems REALLY hardcore about it). 2. [...]

  53. [...] This is for my fellow Japanese language learners. Especially those who are learning via the AJATT or Heisig [...]

  54. Japanese the beginning « Blog on November 7, 2009 at 11:08

    [...] All Japanese all the time. The details can be found on the follow site ajatt. [...]

  55. It is ALL about Passion - Dumb Otaku on November 9, 2009 at 08:06

    [...] no doubt in my mind that I will learn Japanese its just a matter of when. There was no doubt in Khatsumoto’s mind he was going to learn Japanese it was just a matter of [...]

  56. [...] people even learn from pure input TV/listening/reading in the foreign language (I’m not a fan of this method since I prefer to [...]

  57. [...] Fluency requires a lot more time than a few hours a week. My main inspiration is Khatzumoto at alljapaneseallthetime.com. His site is a huge resource for information about the method, and language learning in general [...]

  58. [...] All Japanese All the time The site is about the fun stuff. It helps you learn Japanese without taking class. Having fun doing things you enjoy such as watching movies, playing video games, and reading comics, and books. [...]

  59. [...] kanji. Anki is working pretty well… and so is this “all Japanese all the time” thing that I’ve been doing. Anyhow, it’s been an amazing five months but dag nabbit, it [...]

  60. [...] All Japanese All the time The site is about the fun stuff. It helps you learn Japanese without taking class. Having fun doing things you enjoy such as watching movies, playing video games, and reading comics, and books. [...]

  61. [...] already established that Rosetta Stone doesn’t cut it when it comes to immersion. AJATT kind of pioneers this method, and he’s a smart frood. Here are some great resources to help [...]

  62. Avant-propos « Annamisme on January 5, 2010 at 15:19

    [...] from scientific research. The latter category is very often inspired by or outright stolen from AJATT and applied to other languages without any consideration for the specifics of those languages. [...]

  63. Obvious Implications « George in Korea on January 13, 2010 at 11:53

    [...] baby steps. Listen to something a few times and the words will become more familiar. More on this here. As English learning is a pretty lucrative business here, it obviously makes sense to have some way [...]

  64. [...] I was checking out a free trial of Yes Japan, and found a discussion about something called All Japanese All The Time. I spent about 2 and a half days doing nothing but reading the site, then I went back to Yes Japan [...]

  65. [...] you can study 国産豚肉? (こくさんぶたにく)National-product-pork-meat, easy for you AJATT [...]

  66. [...] also going to read a lot on All Japanese All The Time and About.com’s Japanese [...]

  67. Make it fun! | ich estudio langues on February 10, 2010 at 05:22

    [...] sort of knew (and an idea that is promoted on language learning websites such as Spanish Only and All Japanese All The Time) but I found two solid examples that applied to myself last [...]

  68. Japanese Studying « a new flavor of evil on February 16, 2010 at 11:27

    [...] in a relatively short period of time, as in 9 or so months.  One of them runs a website called All Japanese All the Time another is a JET friend who lives about an hour north of me.  From these folks, other friends, [...]

  69. It is ALL about Passion on February 24, 2010 at 13:00

    [...] no doubt in my mind that I will learn Japanese its just a matter of when. There was no doubt in Khatsumoto’s mind he was going to learn Japanese it was just a matter of [...]

  70. [...] for that: my most recent job and a few bloggers like Steve Kaufmann, Benny the Irish polyglot, and Khatzumoto (AJATT.) I used some of their methods last year while teaching myself basic Japanese and have incorporated [...]

  71. [...] All Japanese all the time – How you can learn Japanese (and many more languages) without taking classes, by having fun and doing things you enjoy—watching movies, playing video games, reading comic books—you know: fun stuff! [...]

  72. [...] 30,000 words and hours of fascinating audio interviews with some of the Internet’s best known language learners, as well as worksheets, transcripts, tons of free resources, e-mail updates and [...]

  73. [...] It’s a language-learning philosophy created by a guy calling himself Khatzumoto, who taught himself Japanese in 18 months without attending any classes. The idea is that keeping in contact with your target language is [...]

  74. [...] It’s a language-learning philosophy created by a guy calling himself Khatzumoto, who taught himself Japanese in 18 months without attending any classes. The idea is that keeping in contact with your target language is [...]

  75. [...] Ou mesmo na sua essência e onde mesmo eu aprendi e me indenfitiquei sobre a matéria no site All Japanese All The Time. Esse assunto eu considero de extrema valia, pena que poucos dão a devida atenção. This [...]

  76. [...] second time around I’ve changed things up and adopted an approach from this godsend of a blog.  Since I started watching TV non-stop (Los Simpsons and Bob Esponja make language study [...]

  77. [...] Well, not necessary learning…more of becoming.I came across Khatzumoto’s website called “All Japanese All the Time” and have been [...]

  78. [...] self-immersion technique, then interviewed and landed a job in Japan as a software developer. About | All Japanese All The Time Dot Com: How to learn Japanese. On your own, having fun and to flu… You might find some info on his site about Japanese attitudes towards [...]

  79. NIHONGOCENTRAL | SENTENCE METHOD on July 7, 2010 at 12:24

    [...] AJATT [...]

  80. The Language Hacking Guide - recenzja on July 8, 2010 at 21:12

    [...] Khatzumoto, który nauczył się w półtora roku japońskiego w takim stopniu (bez podróżowania do Japonii), że mógł podjąć pracę w japońskiej firmie [...]

  81. [...] hold on, what’s this? A guy who had learned Japanese fluently in 18 months and landed a job without ever taking a single job?? Whaaaaat! Can this guy be my [...]

  82. Mysteriet språklæring « Kakedeg on August 4, 2010 at 08:41

    [...] tror heller den etter hvert så berømte bloggeren Khatzumoto er inne på noe når det gjelder språklæring. Metoden hans for språklæring er i sin reneste [...]

  83. Kicking Against the Geralds « Supplanter on August 11, 2010 at 21:07

    [...] more I read it – and it’s a place you dip in and out of – the more I think this Khatzumoto guy’s got this whole language learning thing [...]

  84. English isn't enough - World Literature Forum on August 16, 2010 at 13:38

    [...] How to learn English effectively; Comprehensible input – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia; About | AJATT | All Japanese All The Time). But what I really meant when I wrote that sentence was: the ability to learn languages is innate [...]

  85. The Essentials « Konbini Gyaru on August 30, 2010 at 20:41

    [...] AJATT by Khatzumoto [...]

  86. Fél év alatt spanyolul on October 14, 2010 at 18:48

    [...] megtanulhassuk normálisan a nyelvet. Anomáliának hangzik, de így van (nem én állítom, hanem Khatzumoto, aki azért már letett egy-két dolgot az [...]

  87. [...] De most már legalább tudjuk, hogy hogyan álljunk neki. (A kételkedők látogassanak el erre az oldalra – az úriember 18 hónap alatt tanult meg anyanyelvű szinten Japánul. Persze ő [...]

  88. [...] másodikra sem. “Ez gáz” – gondoltam. Aztán rájöttem, hogy igazából nem is. Khatzumoto okosságait már régóta olvasom, és eszembe jutott egy jó mondása: A nyelvtanulásnál szívni [...]

  89. [...] recall that I once said that AJATT has two principal aims. (1) To tell you what I did, so you can do it as well, and (2) to give you stuff I wish I had had, [...]

  90. [...] Lernvorschlag aus einem englischen Forum in den Raum werfen kann: All Japanese All The Time: About | AJATT | All Japanese All The Time Table of contents: Table of Contents / All Japanese All The Time Dot Com: How to learn Japanese. [...]

  91. [...] (ne felejtsük: a nyelvtanulás szívás. Szívni fogsz. De egyre kevesebbet – idézet Khatzumotótól). Ilyen értelemben viszont már egyenesen örülnie kell az egyszeri nyelvtanulónak, ha esélye [...]

  92. T.G on November 29, 2010 at 00:59

    Hi,
    Found your website through a random Google search and I couldn’t have found it at a better time. I am indeed very interested in learning Japanese thanks to watching lots of anime!
    Thanks!

  93. A Simple Life Will Make You Epic on November 30, 2010 at 16:45

    [...] notion of obsessive focus came to me while reading Khatzumoto’s blog. Khatzumoto taught himself Japanese to fluency in 1.5 years while living in an English speaking [...]

  94. [...] AJATT oder Khatz (Khatzumoto) hat bislang immer seine 10000-Sätze-Methode propagiert, kurz: „Lese viel in der Fremdsprache, packe aus diesem Stoff 10000 Sätze in dein SRS (Spaced Repetiton Software, z. B. Anki), und arbeite diese regelmäßig durch, dann kannst du (hoffentlich) Japanisch oder eine andere Sprache“. [...]

  95. On Moderation, Leo Babauta & Obsessive Focus on December 7, 2010 at 16:47

    [...] Khatzumoto abandoned English and taught himself Japanese in an English-speaking country in just 18 months. [...]

  96. japandemic on December 22, 2010 at 13:58

    Cool site, motivational, shaming (been here some years and the old Nihongo not what it should be) and useful. I am going to search through it more and find a way to link out to it from japandemic. Think my readers (and myself) would definitely benefit from it.

    Continued success dude.

  97. [...] in japanese “mushimushi”). I live in some Polish town, learning Japanese doing AJATT method, written down in English by some Kenyan guy (Khatzumoto is his nickname). World’s so [...]

  98. AllJapaneseAllTheTime.com on March 18, 2011 at 08:07

    [...] “Khatzumoto” is the pen-name an American who learned Japanese to fluency in 18 months without taking classes, reading textbooks or living in Japan. He was doing a full-time computer sciences degree at the time, working jobs after hours, and had a non-Japanese girlfriend. The lessons learned from his experience are not only applicable to Japanese but to any language, and have changed the way I think about teaching music. Plus, he’s a very good writer, if you can stomach his style. Cancel reply [...]

  99. [...] came up with his similar yet infinitely more annoying catchphrase), run by some Kenyan guy named Khatzumoto (before a few idiot Kenyans ask “Which tribe is that??”, it’s a nickname, OK?  :-D). The [...]

  100. [...] ALLJAPANESEALLTHETIME.COM: O mestre dos mestres, o guru, o ancião dos blogs sobre o aprendizado da língua japonesa. Este é [...]

  101. [...] Eu venho lendo o English Experts já faz algum tempo, e não pago nada por isso! Eu leio o All Japanese All The Time e não pago nada! O mesmo pelo The Linguist! Eu leio tudo isso porque quero aprender, por que sou [...]

  102. [...] diz Katsumoto, ao revisar uma sentença, para ter certeza que sabe a mesma, você deve conseguir fazer os [...]

  103. eduarda on May 3, 2011 at 09:22

    de tantas linguas q tem por ai eu so
    me entereso em
    “japones”

  104. Romuś on May 18, 2011 at 10:04

    Time to vote for your favorite Language Learning Blog 2011 – Lexiophiles bit.ly/k93Xpi

    And AJATT’s there too.

  105. Sam on July 27, 2011 at 08:01

    Of course one would learn japanese if following your method. Something interesting to think about in the process however would be:

    why would I want to change myself into thinking, living and acting like a japanese? am I not good as I am? Maybe I have low self esteem?

    How can I enjoy life whilst doing this?

    is my fascination for japanese a mere superficial fascination for orientalism, manga-comics et.c?

    • Chagami on July 27, 2011 at 22:28

      >why would I want to change myself into thinking, living and acting like a japanese? am I not good as I am?

      Unless you’re speaking and reading Japanese, then no, you’re not. :P

      Reading your other comment – bit.ly/n79NGw – I can tell that you don’t really approve of the All Japanese All The Time learning method, but really, why don’t you just learn Japanese your own way without criticizing how we’re doing it? Of course you’re entitled to your own opinion, but we’re here to learn Japanese, not to have our lifestyle called “disgusting” or ask ourselves questions that would make us feel like learning Japanese is pointless.

      Now, I’m entitled to my opinion too, and I’m under the assumption that you’re probably around 12 years old (you obviously don’t think in an adult capacity) so I’m not going to spend any more time arguing with you.

      *Note to 12 year olds/pre-teens: As you probably know, on the whole, you guys are smart and don’t get the respect you deserve, and the reason is people like this who’s making you look bad…

  106. [...] A website where you can find more info on what to listen, among a lot of very awesome information on how to learn Japanese, is: www.alljapaneseallthetime.com/blog/about [...]

  107. [...] fact the guy at AJATT (AJATT) claims that he did everything in Japanese whilst living in the US for 18 months before becoming [...]

  108. Carol on August 12, 2011 at 01:34

    OMG! You’re fantastic, I’m learning(i want to xD) Japanese :D

    I love mangas, animes and all that stuff and i really wanna learn something:)

    Thank you for sharing your experience :D 

  109. Alissa on August 14, 2011 at 15:28

    Hi, I just wanted to say thank you! Your site is fun, inspiring and, most importantly, REALLY helpful for learning a language.  I’ve been “learning” German for years, but have felt stuck, stuck, stuck.  Yet after only a week of applying some of the things here I have had a fundamental shift in my attitudes and language thinking and have expanded my German knowledge more than I thought possible in that short time. 
    Today I was able to sit with my nearly 90 year old Austrian grandmother and listen to her tell me our family stories about the Holocaust in her mother tongue.  It was incredibly moving, and by speaking in German with her I learned details and nuances I’d never known before.  I am so grateful to have this chance.
    Thanks Again,
    Alissa

  110. The Mission v1.0 | hatchJAPAN on September 13, 2011 at 02:46

    [...] me to fluency. Well, it didn’t take long before I discovered a referral to a site called ‘All Japanese, All The Time’. [Shout [...]

  111. [...] (www.alljapaneseallthetime.com/blog/about) has learned Japanese to native-level fluency. But you might say, hey, he lives in [...]

  112. [...] inspiration, check this guy out, he became fluent in Japanese in 18 months….www.alljapaneseallthetime.com/blog/about&#8230; Share this:TwitterFacebookDiggLike this:LikeBe the first to like this [...]

  113. Hacking a language on December 16, 2011 at 23:49

    You inspired me to learn japanese again

  114. [...] a note on how I found this book.  I knew through the All Japanese All the Time website that if I wanted to learn Japanese, I “needed” (dwa–dangerous word alert) [...]

  115. Online Dictionary on March 20, 2012 at 20:48

    Dear Khatzumoto

    Keep on doing what you do, you motivate a lot of people learning Japanese! It is a great, beautiful language.

  116. [...] No es “confiable”. “No funciona”… y esto es una gran mentira que incontables personajes alrededor del mundo han probado [...]

  117. [...] All Japanese All The Time  [...]

  118. [...] days ago, I signed up for Silverspoon, a service from the creator of All Japanese All the Time, that is meant to guide you to Japanese [...]

  119. We did it! | Spanish Only on July 3, 2012 at 01:51

    [...] community we’ve fostered in the language acquisition circles, and without people like Ramses, Khatzumoto, and Tom from Rhinospike I never would have thought of this idea. So thanks everyone, and as we [...]

  120. [...] didn’t know Japanese when he began his immersion experience.   Now Khatzumoto has a cool blog helping people all over the world learn Japanese through fun and [...]

  121. A Language Challenge | Sherbet and Sparkles on November 12, 2012 at 03:04

    [...] I have decided to give myself a challenge. I know of this website called All Japanese, All the Time. The guy writing it is a little cocky/patronising/ugh sometimes but basically, he taught himself [...]

  122. Irrel Evant on November 30, 2012 at 06:54

    Thanks for such a clear summary of what I’ve been bleating at initially skeptical students for years.

    Whether you are 4 or 114, if you learned to speak one language, you can learn to speak as many others as you WANT, and are able to devote your personal time and energy to learning, and you will do a whole lot like you learned that first one: We are human beings, we learn the languages we hear.

    I put “WANT” in all caps because it’s key. And only applicable to languages you learn after early childhood. Those come free. The thing that makes language learning different for adults is that we have to want to learn that language more than we want to do something else!

  123. [...] About [...]

  124. [...] Yesterday i came across a blog. And im not gonna sugar-coat things, this blog completely changed my thinking of how i am going to go about learning Korean in one year. Check it out, AJATT’s blog. [...]

  125. Livonor on January 8, 2013 at 12:03

    LOL this picture changes every day

  126. WIP | Education Arcade on January 9, 2013 at 13:57

    [...] I didn’t know where to begin, but the google-fu was strong in me and I turned up Khaztumoto’s blog, All Japanese All the Time. Before even reading about the study techniques he was advocating, I was sold on the opening of its about page: [...]

  127. [...] around the internet looking for an idea I ran across this blog, All Japanese All The Time, AJATT for short, written by this young man who taught himself Japanese in 18 months by watching [...]

  128. [...] over at AJATT taught himself Japanese in fifteen months.   A lot of how he explains he did that is physical.  Not only was he listening [...]

  129. [...] vous souhaitez apprendre la langue, plus vous apprendrez rapidement. Tout comme l’histoire de cet américain qui en utilisant une technique similaire a réussi à apprendre le japonais en 6 mois seulement [...]

  130. Oliver Rose on April 15, 2013 at 00:28

    I’m an EFL lecturer at Kwansei Gakuin University in Osaka, Japan, and I’ve developed the following vocabulary-learning game which uses wordlists imported from Quizlet, making the content customizable by teachers/users:
    itunes.apple.com/us/app/lex-word-game/id590379237?mt=8&uo=4
    Online version: www.lexwordgameapp.com
    I wanted to design a game that went beyond the usual multiple choice or drag’n’drop matching kind of game that are the usual CALL game offerings, which aren’t very game-like and only require word recognition from the user.
    I thought you may be interested, and would appreciate it if you could also let others know about it. Any feedback would be most welcome.
    For Japanese, try it out with lists such as ‘yojijukugo’ and ‘Japanese names’
    Best,
    Oliver Rose

  131. [...] Sul suo sito scrive: [...]

  132. [...] On his website he writes: [...]

  133. Learning Method: AJATT | Here and there on May 8, 2013 at 12:02

    [...] approach Khatzumoto advocates can be applied to any language. He himself has an impressive result: 18 months to learn Japanese and land a job as a software engineer. In [...]

  134. [...] The takeaway for me is to make sure to get it from all directions.  For example, I came to Kentucky from Puerto Rico at the age of eight and did not know very much English.  (I had the advantage of having a mom that already spoke English).   I went to school and was assigned a speech therapist in addition to regular instruction.   I also fell in love with comic books, specially Richie Rich, Casper, and Archie comic books.   I also grooved on “Sesame Street” and” Electric Company.”   I listened to AM radio.  I watched “Name that Tune.”  I was getting language from all directions.  A cat named Khatz did the same thing with Japanese at an older age and built a website called All Japanese All the Time. [...]

  135. Translate from Spanish to English on July 7, 2013 at 05:14

    Bro! such an irony that you chose japanese! Anyways I really love the picture.. and the …cat lzozozlzlzlzl thanks

  136. […] 4. ALLJAPANESEALLTHETIME.COM: O mestre dos mestres, o guru, o ancião dos blogs sobre o aprendizado da língua japonesa. Este é provavelmente o mais famoso e polêmico blog sobre o idioma japonês. O autor, Katzumoto, aprendeu Japonês do zero até a fluência total em 18 meses e documentou tudo no seu blog. Se você não sabe Inglês, vale a pena aprender só para ler este blog. […]

  137. Theycalme_Jane on August 8, 2013 at 02:16

    This is awesome! I started a language blog for precisely the same reason – only that I haven’t thought about spending just as much time with this (I do Afrikaans, so I haven’t really come across any cool video games or films in Afrikaans just yet and my approach is based on entirely free resources, so I’m taking it a bit easier time-wise).

    Just yesterday night, I went on Reddit, because I didn’t know how to best advertise my own blog and someone recommended you to me. About two years ago, I’d done Japanese and got to an advanced level where I could’ve managed JLPT 3. …But there was no commitment and ultimately, I lost interest too quickly (too many interests, no particular goal).

    Your blog gives me confidence that this can be done! And that, after my Afrikaans Challenge I should keep it up for Japanese – as I’ve still got so much material to go through.

  138. Theycalme_Jane on August 8, 2013 at 02:18

    I do admit that I used Japanesepod101 for studying Japanese and watched lots of Anime. Don’t think such thigns exist for Afrikaans. But I’m currently still collecting all kinds of advice I can get, so I’ll make sure and browse your blog a little more! Thanks a lot for the great inspiration!

  139. […] other concerns, distractions, and fatigue set in. I used to do a Japanese immersion service called Silverspoon.   You didn’t necessarily have to start early in the morning, but a lot of the “heavy […]

  140. […] to it by “by spending 18-24 hours a day doing something, anything in Japanese (“all Japanese, all the time”).”  He emphasizes using fun materials and continuing to have […]

  141. […] I read this, I felt like I was rediscovering alljapaneseallthetime.com.   (With two children and a busy work life, you have to forgive me that I keep mentioning […]

  142. Dos and Donts of learning Japanese | Jon Ken Po on September 14, 2013 at 12:31

    […] Immerse yourself in your target language (music, tv, movies, podcasts, travel to Japan) […]

  143. […] All Japanese All the Time- This guy has some strange and interesting ideas about how to learn Japanese. www.alljapaneseallthetime.com/blog/about […]

  144. […] Blog: All Japanese All The Time […]

  145. […] de pesquisar sobre o livro na internet me deparei com o site do Khatzumoto, o AJATT. Esse moço aprendeu japonês fluentemente em dezoito meses com 21 anos. Claro que o método dele é radical, englobando sua vida em japonês, 24/7 etc. Mas o […]

  146. 吉本荒野 on December 14, 2013 at 13:34

    Is Momoko also a software engineer? :o

  147. Quora on February 22, 2014 at 21:01

    Should I start learning Japanese now?

    First you wait until you’re 21 so that you can finish college. Next you wait until your 30 so you can focus on your career. Then you think “I would be fluent right now if I’d started when I was 17!” Then you wait until your 40 to start a family or…

  148. Quora on March 14, 2014 at 02:30

    Aside from moving to Japan and using Rosetta Stone, what’s a great way to learn Japanese?

    Dear God, please don’t rely on Rosetta Stone. That product will teach you some Japanese, but not nearly enough to justify its absurd price. You can download Anki learn Japanese via the sentence method like me, which is basically the same as Rosetta St…

  149. Charm on April 20, 2014 at 11:09

    Omg. I used to think that I studied Korean a lot. I can go for like 5-8 hours a day. You have me MEGA beat. I’m trying to understand where you got that amount of time to dedicate to studying. Are your days longer? Do you somehow harness the 36 hour day? Lol, just kidding. Good on you. I hope that I can become fluent in Korean within the next year. Especially since it took you just over a year(?) to develop ridiculously high fluency.

    –Charm

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