I speak Japanese. Ask me anything. If you're interested in learning anything at all, just ask. I learned Japanese as my fourth language. I did it on my own, using only free resources online. Below is a quick reference, if you'd like to go it alone and become a competent user of the Japanese language (nihongo). N.B. this works best if you, like me, can see picture sin your head, and a good deal of time like it there instead of outside your head. Step 1 a) Learn hiragana and romaji at the same time, then learn katakana. Resource: Search "namasensei" on Youtube, and do exactly what he tells you to do. Start at the beginning (first video) IMPORTANT: just one video lesson per day. You can't overload yourself. Always leave yourself wanting more. b) In your free time, watch videos of Jvloggers. Resource: I recommend Victor at the "gimmeaflakeman" channel, but there are a lot of good ones (girls and boys). Step 2 Once done with Namasensei (aprox. 3-4 months), go to italki or some other language exchange website. Language exchange is finding a friend in Japan who wants to learn English from you half the time and teach Japanese to you the other half via Skype. Once you find someone you connect with, the learning does itself. I found this to be the most rewarding component of learning Japanese. I have friends for life now. Resources: italki.com (has a payed side, but there is a free language exchange part N.B. all the ones I used, other than italki, are buried deep in google. They seem like a dime a dozen now, so shop around. It must be free! Step 3 Share your learning. Seek out opportunities to teach others what you know. Start a video series on your tube, write a post like mine. The world is more beautiful if you turn around and help out your fellow human, and also it helps you practice and consolidate your learning. Win / Win. OK. AMA.