One goal I have is to learn Japanese...both the spoken and the written.
In all honesty, the best chance I would have would to be to take a formal class at the local community college. Considering the amount of anime, manga and JPop that we buy and the numbers of Japanese soaps I watch...it would really enhance my understanding...and exercise those aging gray-cells.
I've resisted picking up a software language package...or the lessons on CD/tape. I've looked at some lesson books in the bookstore, but have resisted these for now. Lavie got me a set of Katakana and Kanji flash cards that I look at occasionally, but serious usage is really a way off.
Yesterday, I stumbled across the web-site Tae Kim's Japanese guide to Japanese grammar It looks very well structured. Also linked on that site: Charles Kelly's Online Japanese Language Study Materials
But my most exciting find was a post over on Lifehacker: Learn a language with podcasts
I followed the bread-crumb trail and ended up finding these two Japanese language learning sites that have free podcasts:
There are a ton of podcasts to subscribe to. I don't know which one I will pick as I don't think I can get them all crammed in there on top of my existing tech and security podcasts....
So there you go. If you are a one-day to be Japanese learner, or a seasoned pro looking for refreshers...these might be worth looking into (or listening in on!).