Hi all, I'm interested in learning another language, and I'm trying to figure out how. I've never been successful at French, can't do Mandarin (although I really could have if I tried), and now I want to learn Japanese, and I want to learn it well. The reason why is because I want to work in Japan after I graduate from my PhD in 16 months. If you must know, I wish to be either working in a University, or at a hospital (cancer centre) when I graduate. The websites seem to be in English Here's the scenario: I'm a PhD student, and I want to work in Japan, likely Tokyo, after I graduate. I know that living in Japan full time and immersing myself in Japanese is the best way to learn, but I can't. I can't just go to a university in Japan for a year or something because of my PhD, so living in "home-stay" in Japan isn't an option. I don't know much Japanese now, but I'm working hard at it by reading a book and listening to the accompanying CD dialogues. I have learnt a lot in my 1st month, but that's not much. Other than my Japanese tapes, is there a good way to learn Japanese without moving to Japan? My girlfriend is Japanese, so the 2nd best method to learn Japanese has already been done. However, she's not good at teaching me because we're just too close, and she just thinks it's cute when I make a mistake. What else can I do, o wise people of MacRumours?? PS: I'm going to Japan in December for 2 weeks, but my gf will be with me, so it's not like I'm going to be speaking much (if at all, since it all sounds the same to me right now ).