When did you become serious about it and how? I feel speaking/listening is a vital part but obviously due to incompetence I don't really partake in English discussion much.
Since November I've been using memrise, but honestly I only understand how to read kana (katakana is still shaky), but apart from a few phrases and all but 5 kanji I might as well be in the Chinese Room when reading this stuff. Memrise is basically flash cards and I do very little written, the pc screen hurts my eyes very quickly (corneal degradation issue, not related to mass pc use just natural, none of my family has it and they are opposites of me too so i guess im adopted) so i tend to not follow longer guides
I guess ordering a book and doing it written may help though I'm curious on how people here started taking it seriously.
>When did you become serious about it
When I started, I guess?
I just didn't see a point in doing it half-assedly.
I learned Japanese because I wanted to play Japanese video games, read manga and shitpost on 2ch. I knew from the outset that I'd need to know at least 2000 characters to do that, so I went to work on memorizing them.
>the pc screen hurts my eyes very quickly
That's an issue for me too.
Have you tried using a dark background color and a light foreground color? Picrelated is how it looks like when I read on my phone, which I can do for hours.
On my Linux desktop I usually work with inverted colors (xcalib)
Pretty much when I got into anime in general (and that happened when I got proper internet connection, in 2008). However since then I only learned kana and around 100 or so kanji judging by the tests + basic grammar and structure and then pretty much dropped any advancements. It's more or less enough to navigate japanese interwebs when the need arises or grasp a little info out of somebody's speech, but I'm still really jelly of people who can read seiyuu blogs with full understanding and listen to their radio. I feel a fake seiota because I miss all of that.