There is a dizzying array of tools to help you learn a language. This is wonderful but it can also be a pitfall. With so many texts, card sets, apps, software programs, podcasts, YouTube channels, language exchange websites, forums, etc., you can easily spend all of your time hoarding resources, downloading and bookmarking… and never getting any actual studying done. I know this because I recently fell face-first into this pitfall. I decided to make a real go of Spanish and started downloading apps and podcasts. I found a language exchange website and started madly writing introductory emails to everyone. I bookmarked online lesson sites and resource sites until I had a list so long I couldn’t possibly check them all out. And then I had no idea where on earth to start. So I erased them all and started at square one. When I first started learning Japanese there just weren’t that many resources available. I had a textbook and I sought out reading material like manga, which wasn’t easy to find in a smallish town in the American Midwest. It was a struggle to find native speakers to practice with or pen pals to harass for CDs of Japanese punk rock (okay, not strictly for studying Japanese, but I digress).