So yeah, I've finally decided to bite the bullet and start self-learning Japanese. I decided to make a topic here, as it should help me to keep up with it, besides which any of us here on the forums learing the language can provide moral or even practical support to each other. Anyways, for now I'm gonna try to post once per week with my progress (I'll probably update less frequently as I get into my groove). This week, I got started learning the hirigana. My goal is to know the hiragana (almost) as well as I know my ABC's before I even think about moving on with the language. Not sure at this point whether I'll also try to memorize katakana before starting on grammar and vocab, or just work on the katakana as I go with those, but for now I'm just gonna worry about the hiragana. This week I made flashcards for the vowel sounds, then the /k/ sounds, the /s/ sounds, and the /t/ sounds, and I've been drilling them several times per day. I'll add 5-10 more hirigana every other day until I'm memorizing the whole syllabary.