I have discovered an online Japanese “textbook” called Textfugu. The guy who created it does these great videos on YouTube about learning Japanese. He is very funny and sincere. People were always asking him to recommend a textbook and he was always recommending texts that he felt were “ok”. He got laid off from his job and decided to write a textbook himself. What evolved is an online textbook with all of the advantages of video and such. I am beginning with the free lessons. In the first lesson he has you write down why you want to study Japanese. Then, he goes through the excuses. I am now beginning my language learning log.
I began this voyage a long time ago. I am above survival level, and, have floated there for a long time. I want to get to where I can easily converse with native speakers in Japanese. Next!