I just noticed the other japanese-language thread, so nevermind. I was reading that post though, and I noticed a lot of you say you watch anime to help you out with learning. That hasn't really worked for me...it's too fast, and I think anime sometimes uses alot of slang and they're constantly dropping syllables, especially the u. Anyway, I do know several words, but I don't think at this point I'd be able to put a sentence together by myself other than an introduction. and as far as hiragana, katakana, and kanji is concerned, I'm a hopeless case.