How to use Free Software to learn Japanese, and more.

Our Immersion Learning Toolset

February 03, 2021 — Tatsumoto


At Ajatt Tools we're developing tools to help you connect with another language. We hope that they and other libre projects developed by the community will help you in your language learning journey.


GNU/Linux is a suitable replacement for Windows or macOS. An Arch-based distro is recommended. If you've ever used a Debian-based distro, you know how slow the package manager is. On the other hand, the package manager used in Arch-based distros is one of the fastest package managers out there.

Possible options:

  • Arch Linux - the default installation is very minimal, installation steps have to be executed manually.
  • EndeavourOS - a successor of antergos, a lightweight distro close to Arch Linux.
  • Manjaro - aims to be user-friendly and offers lots of goodies out of the box.
  • Parabola - a fully free/libre equivalent of Arch Linux.
  • Hyperbola - a distro that aims to be stable and secure, as well as fully free/libre.
  • Artix - Arch Linux without systemd.

Alternatives suggested by our members:


Create, manage and review flashcards to remember the words, phrases, and grammar points you've studied.


Look up unknown words with the hover of a mouse and make Anki flashcards with a single click.


Make instant Anki cards from movies and TV shows.


Passive listening is one of the key components of the AJATT method, so it is useful to make it as convenient as possible. impd is a small tool for managing background immersion. Create condensed audio, automatically add episodes of TV shows you've watched to your mpd playlist, and archive audio that you've listened to enough times.


A QT-based EPWING dictionary viewer. qolibri lets you search multiple EPWING dictionaries at the same time, so for any word you look up you get a list of different definitions. Since using a Japanese to Japanese dictionary can be difficult for beginners being able to see one word described in multiple ways makes it easier to understand what it really means.

External resources:


Anki Media Extractor Script. Allows you to easily add screenshots and audio recordings to your Anki cards.


A small utility that allows you to mass-generate Anki decks based on your favorite foreign language movies and TV shows to aid in the language learning process.

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