I'm up to lesson 29 of Pimsleur's "Learn to Speak Beginner's Japanese." As much as I enjoy amusing my co-workers with new phrases and actually understanding the Jdramas I watch, it sure is a piece of work! Memorizing a boatload of new vocabulary, not to mention getting down the grammar structure...nothing comes easy (especially when you're past 21).
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Be on the lookout for Me No Speak Korea and Turkey, coming soon.