This post is old, so what you see here may not reflect my current opinion and mindset, certain information may be outdated, and links may be broken.
Around July 19, I finally decided to get off my lazy butt and do something I’ve been meaning to do for years: learn how to read and write Japanese. Last year, I bought My Japanese Coach for the DS, and I noticed it really wasn’t helping me memorise Hiragana. I went to this site and compiled a booklet that I printed out and carried with me. Each day, I learned how to write the characters, focusing on the stroke order and all.
Now after doing it for three weeks, I think I finally memorised most of the Hiragana except for the contracted ones — though I think I recognise じゅ (jyu) and きゅ (kyu) now. Now that I know the majority of the characters, I went back to My Japanese Coach and have been doing the “Write Cards” game to help me remember what I’ve tried so hard to memorise. Only thing is I discovered the stroke order they use for some of the characters do not match what I found at the site. AUGH.
It’s really interesting, looking back the last few weeks. See, Japanese characters daunted me from learning it. To me, they all look the same, and I didn’t think I’d ever be able to distinguish them. I can with the Hiragana, but soon I will move onto Katakana, and those scare me even more. But I will prod through it! I have no idea where this motivation came from (I mean, writing Hiragana at least fifty times a day is repetitively torturous), nor do I know why I wasn’t this dedicated to my school-work, but regardless, I will succeed!
— てら-ちゃん です。
— Tara-Chan desu.
ETA: I know my name is spelled TARA, but I pronounce it like TERRA, hence the “wrong” Japanese spelling. :D