Japanese is now officially super hard. I have memorized hiragana characters a-ho. That's 30 plus characters. While that's nice, that's sort of like memorizing only a sliver of the Latin alphabet. I can write simple Japanese words, but instruction takes place, at this early stage, in romajji--Japanese written phonetically in our alphabet.
ねこ becomes neko (cat)
いぬ becomes inu (dog)
borrowed words in Japanese are also written in romajji--
San Francisco becomes Sanfuranshisuko
Smith becomes Sumisu
engineer becomes enjinia
We're learning motion verbs, and two out of three bear no relation to anything in English (that I know of).
ikimasu--to go (away from the speaker) kinda like hingehen in German
kimasu--to return to the place where you currently are/to invite someone to your house this is some strange circular shizz that I can't plug into anything I already know
kaerimasu--to go home (whatever 'home' means to the speaker) sorta like kehren/zurückkehren in German
The negation of the these verbs, or any verb in Japanese, is pretty easy. The verb ending drops its -u and adds an -en.
ikimasu/ikimasen (Watashi wa) Ashita Oosaka ni ikimasu. (I am) going to Osaka tomorrow.
kimasu/kimasen I am at school now when I say: (I am) Asatte gakkoo ni kimasu. (I am) coming to school day after tomorrow.
kaerimasu/kaerimasen (Watashi wa) Korekara uchi ni kaerimasu. (I am) going home afterwards.
I need to find a language partner, but, maybe more realistically, a language tutor given I can hardly say anything yet.