What is All This “AJATT” Nonsense? Find Out When You Get Nutshell: The Entire AJATT Method Condensed Into 1 Page

Hey, what’s up?

What exactly is the AJATT (“All Japanese All The Time”) method? That question doesn’t have a short — or permanent — answer. Nor, in my opinion, should it. Why? Because it’s always evolving, and people always need clarification.

AJATT.com — that’s this site — has grown quite a bit over the years, from its humble beginnings in 2006 to its arrogant, bombastic, decadent present. Over that time, a lot has been written and said. And more is still being written and said right now — it’s what the geeks call an “open canon”. I’m writing and saying this as we speak right in front of your face . 1

So what?

Easy now. We’re getting there.

So there you are. You probably came to this site on the enthusiastic recommendation of a pleased AJATTeer 2. S/he probably told you how awesome this site was, how ridiculously handsome I am, how I changed her/his/its life.

But now you’re here and you’re just confused. You’re overwhelmed. By the sheer volume of information and discussion — on the order of a thousand posts and tens of thousands of comments. Enough text to fill a paper book thick enough to maim a human baby or other small mammal. How, even with the help of Daniel Bedingfield, are you gonna get through this? How are you supposed to read all this? How are you supposed to take mine and other people’s experiences and distill them into a coherent path of action for yourself? 3

Short answer: Nutshell.

Nutshell? Yes. As in “in a”.

In college, I read a slim volume by a man named Adam Robinson (the man who more or less invented the (SAT) test prep industry), called What Smart Students Know. Of the many delightfully effective techniques it contained, perhaps the simplest and most powerful was the “summary sheet” — a single sheet of paper, regularly updated, containing a condensed version of all the notes, lectures, text and other content of, say, a college course, up to that point.

Nutshell is basically that. The language acquisition method of this website, constantly condensed and constantly updated.

Me going out and changing existing blog posts after the fact, no matter how old, would be an exercise in utter folly. Not only are there far too many of them, but the act of modifying them all would destroy the “referential integrity” of this website — links would stop working, comments would start referring to things that no longer exist, posts and quotes at thousands of external websites would cease to make sense. Not to mention the loss of archival value. And it’s not like this breakage could just happen once, since the AJATT method is constantly evolving.

Nutshell, on the other hand, is made to be broken: updated and modified regularly.

‘Bet you’re excited now, aren’t ya? Yeah.

Well, I’m gonna give it to ya…for free. All you need do is hit me with your name and email, and I’ll have my people talk to your people, and send you the relevant info.


Spam sucks a$$. And your privacy matters, dawg. Your email address will never be shared with third parties.

PS: If you’re one of them brave and beautiful souls who doesn’t want or need a summary and likes to read things in full, even rambling things, then click here :) .


  1. Don’t mind the broken metaphor; this site is full of them :P . It’s like hair on the floor of a salon; we just don’t bother any more…
  2. That’s what we call those who have imbibed the local Kool-Aid
  3. You could just wing it. But I guess not everyone still has that tinkerer spirit alive and burning inside them.

  31 comments for “What is All This “AJATT” Nonsense? Find Out When You Get Nutshell: The Entire AJATT Method Condensed Into 1 Page

  1. daitoshokan
    April 2, 2013 at 13:40

    Wow, it really wasn’t just an April Fool’s Page. Not a bad little resource really.

  2. Jombo
    April 2, 2013 at 14:20

    Keep doing things like this and soon Khatzumoto will have all my pennies!

  3. 魔法少女☆かなたん
    April 3, 2013 at 11:12

    Reading through this blog in its entirety is fun, though.

  4. creeperPuncher
    April 4, 2013 at 04:56

    10/10 would buy… if I wasn’t on 413%-unsecured college wifi at the moment. Future Me already has/will/did buy it, though ;)

  5. thomas
    April 4, 2013 at 12:24

    Cheap… get this while the penny still exists!

  6. MCG
    April 7, 2013 at 02:48

    PayPal has just turned down two perfectly functioning cards. I love your ideas, but I don’t have the patience for PayPal.

  7. Shanti
    April 10, 2013 at 01:59

    Nutshell is great! I love that it will continue to be updated, too.

    But stupid Paypal charged me CAD$0.02 because of the exchange rate. 最低!

  8. Joe
    April 28, 2013 at 01:19

    Maybe just put that “nutshell” link at the top?

  9. Bobbitybobob
    April 15, 2014 at 19:39

    I can’t login with the info provided in my email. It says that my account doesn’t exist :(

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