I might as well go all out...
and do the whole blog thing too. =)
Today is my first day of learning Japanese. I've wanted to for almost 2 years now since I read my first Murakami (Norwegian Wood). I admit that I'm nervous, as the only other language that I "know" is Spanish. And it has been a very long time since high school.
I've received Rosetta Stone for my birthday, which is on Wednesday, and I was able to download an old piece of software called Power Japanese. My logic is that if I use the Rosetta Stone for vocabulary, while using Power Japanese to learn symbols, and of course help from TJP I might actually be able to pick it up.
Why do I want to learn Japanese? I need a hobby and I love Japanese culture. The food, the literature, the style, the technology, and - the language. I'm hoping that by learning Japanese it may unlock a different method of thinking, and maybe change my perspective on life.
So good luck to me, and to all of you who are also new, and if anyone ever wants to chat or practice, please send me message.