My experience with Language
Steps I took to help my progression
A big help was a YouTuber who is known on here Chris Abroad from the Abroad in Japan Channel. He lived my dream of moving to Japan to teach English. His videos shows the weird side and beautiful side of Japan. One video showed me some programs he uses to get to where he is now with the language. One application is called Memrise, a free system to use and easy to use. I don't mind it too much but it didn't help me learn Katakana and Hirigana. A program that i found while browsing on Youtube was called Dr. Moku. Basically it associates each character with a story. あ is a and to remember it you can see an a in the middle of the symbol or ス for Su in Katakana you can remember because it looks like a person running who we will call Su. I spent around US $8 for the full version because the trial was so helpful i wanted to see what the whole script was like. This app was the biggest help and I learned Hirigana and Katakana in about 2 weeks which is a huge part of the spoken and written language so it is important to master these two scripts before tackling the beast script.
After that was over it was on to Kanji, the worst one to try to learn because there are so many thousands of characters. Now I will not be able to say much on Kanji as I do not know more than about 20 characters and ten of them being the number 1-10, so i will skip learning to read them but having some knowledge of them is a must. Using the app Duolingo which also has a website to use, which i prefer to use helped me more than any other app. It was engaging and brings back old words and phrases that I forget about until it brings it back.
I do not have much time and probably won't be be able to have a conversation when i do arrive but i will at least feel comfortable asking a question when in need. Google and this website shall be my crutch. My best to all of you. I struggle with learning this but if you plan ahead you will do great. Follow as much advise as you can get and stick to trying to learn. Thank you so much for reading as this is my first article on here and hope to help if i am able.