I'm sure there's been some sort of "do you speak more than one language" thread, but the purpose of this one is a little different, I think.
So, I'm learning Japanese. I want to become fluent someday. There are times when I'm really excited about it and feel like I'm a sucking everything up like a sponge. And then there are the times when I feel like there's no end in sight; I get a little sad because I just can't do it and I want it so bad. I keep chugging along, but you know...a little encouragement would be nice.
So, purpose of thread: If you are fluent in a second language (or more), how did you get there? What did you have to do to get to where you wanted to be? What was the journey like?