hi all, i'm new to this site. i returned from a year away in japan in october and studied japanese once a week. however, i'm completely illiterate and everyday i find myself forgotting words i had worked so hard to remember while in japan. hopefully this site can help me get back on track and offer new ways for me to expand my japanese. what i personally need in order to excel is a teacher with whom i can speak with...an exchange partner would be great! look forward to hearing from folks.