Recently I decided to go for it and learn Japanese. I found a nice resource on the net of some dude who went to a basic Japanese language course and noted what happened. This will allow people like me to see what should be done at different stages of learning. It’s very simple to find resources on the net to learn Japanese, use Google.
Anyway, I am currently practicing writing Hiragana. This takes time but is needed.
Btw, here is the Learn Japanese in 20 weeks page I spoke of.