Wonder if any bro or sis has any good advice for me as to how to make learning Jap pleasant yet effectively fast.
Attended lessons and have been reading Learner's Jap books. Whew... I've done some self-study on German for eg, and it isn't that tough cos they use mostly the same English alphabet system.
Juz realized in Jap, you need to learn so many types, the Kanji, Hiragana, and Katagana. I'm only starting with the Hiragana first, and oh boy.. So many characters and sounds!
And I find even learning the Romaji (English form of writing Jap) doesn't help much cos what I'm basically doing is simply memorising words. Except for the simple greetings, I will forget them very soon!
The many books for learners basically tell you common phrases to remember in Romaji. I find them pretty useless cos there are countless ways to express a sentence so I may memorise a question, but if a Jap were to reply me, no guarantee I can understand.
So any good advice? Would it be better to concentrate with the character system first and do the memorizing part of common phrases later?