I was learning Japanese alone with My Japanese Coach, but I had left that aside because with the regular classes, cello, and boyfriend, I was feeling overwhelmed having to do this alone.
After years of showing interest for the language, my mom finally agreed to pay for Japanese classes. I started in June and have advanced quickly. I am now finish Basic Japanese III. By September, I will be done with Japanese for Busy People I and will start Book II, Intermediate I. On the side, I study with the Genki book my boyfriend lent me. I turn to it when I’m in need of more detailed explanations, and when I’m ready for a new set of useful kanji.
Kanji are surprisingly not as hard to learn as I thought. They’re interesting and meaningful. Of course, they speed up reading and make things clearer. It was hard going over the sample readings with a wall of kana, no spaces!