I’m almost done with the second of three units in the Rosetta Stone Level 1 Japanese.  I can confidently say that I’m inherently understanding and absorbing the vocabulary.  The grammar is a bit difficult to solidify only because I’m not particularly good at grammar anyway.  I may not have exact sentence meaning down, but I think I understand the basics of it.  I could say something and I’m sure someone would get my meaning.  The one thing I’m confidently weak at is speaking and thinking on my toes.  It seems natural to understand questions and solve problems, but actual communication seems difficult.  If RS requires me to ‘interact’ in a situation, I freak a little and have a difficult time forming conversational patterns.  I guess it’s a common foreign language learning problem.  We say we can understand or even read a language, but conversationally sometimes we fail.  I’m really happy with the results so far and it’s much better than any classroom learning experience I’ve had.  Over time I’m confident I’ll learn to be better conversationally.  Being in Japan will surely help.  But that’s my update.  I do look forward to having someone explain some of the reasons why certain things are done within the language.  RS is wonderful in that it challenges your intuition but sometimes intuition is not enough!  We’ll see how I progress!