There is really no particular reason for this other than I like languages and I want to try tackling one on my own. I learned quite a bit of Spanish in school (definitely not fluent, but I watched a couple episodes of a TV show when they were accidentally leaked in Spanish before the airdate and I was able to follow it decently). On my own, I managed to tackle Esperanto (quite similar to Spanish), and a silly minimalist constructive language. So I want to try one that's different than what I'm familiar with. I'd LOVE to learn ASL, but the only thing I could do with that is Skype people. It's not like you read books or anything in ASL.
So first I started with Swahili. I adore the sound, but there is nothing to immerse myself with, so I didn't learn much. Then I tried a bit of French on Duolingo, but I wanted something more different than a romance language. After that, I decided to try Korean. There are some TV shows out there that I wouldn't mind watching. Their writing system is genius btw. But some of the sounds they made in the language were a bit difficult and I realized that there really wasn't much stuff in Korean that I'd want to watch/read.
So now I've settled on Japanese. It's far different than the Indo European languages AND there is a TON of media to watch/read/play in the language. But the writing system is ridiculously inefficient and a bit frustrating.
So is anyone familiar with Japanese? Any tips for where to start? Am I crazy? Is this stupid?
I'm aware that I'll never be at a conversational level or anything. And I am definitely not attempting to learn it quickly. In my spare time (dicking around between classes and such), I haven't even yet learned all of the hiragana. But I at least want to be somewhat familiar with the language. Hopefully I can discipline myself enough so that I won't lose interest.
What I dislike is books that start you with phrases without explaining the grammar behind them. I like grammar. I want something to teach me grammar.