The task of learning any language requires always the knowing of its alphabet, because that is the base of every language.
I supose that all of you know that Japanese hasn't got the occidental characteres like a,b,c,d...but it has a special ones, It has 2 strict alphabets : hiragana and katakana ,and then the kanji.
The hiragana and the katakana are only syllabarious, the characteres alone don't have any meaning,they are used in order to form words, like the syllabes of our alphabet.
If you look it well, you can see that there are some letters that are ausent, well, the letters g, z, d, p, and b only can be pronunced if we modify some sylabes:
We use the hiragana in all the Grammar in general, it's the most extended alphabet, because the katakana is only used in the traslation of foreign words and onomatopeias.
And then , the kanji is the other alphabet,it has more than 50.000 characters but currently we only use about 3.000
In order to "study" the kanji I 'll make a special section.
Step 2: Basic expressions
If you want to comunicate in Japanese this is extremly useful ,there are some expressions that you are going to listen commonly.
To make the task easier I'm going to write them in romaji(the sound of Japanese written with occidental characteres)
Step 3: NumbersThis is very important too to understand any language.
Step 4: Personal pronouns
Step 5: Some basic vocabulary
Now, dont't think that you are going to understand the whole series, but maybe a word, two words, three... :P