I think this is technically off-topic,
but I have this insatiable urge to help people,
so I’ll offer some advice at least.
Advice (Click to show)
First, if you can’t read hiragana and katakana yet, focus on learning those first.
Once you start to get your head around the phonetic/syllabary system,
things will start to seem a lot less cryptic.
Secondly, try watching some subtitled anime or live-action Japanese shows.
The subtitles improve your reading speed,
and listening to Japanese being spoken gives you a feel for how to pronounce the words.
I don’t know what sort of things you like to watch, but there’s an anime for every genre.
(Bleach comes to mind, purely because it uses a lot of Spanish words. I’ve never actually watched it, but I’ve skimmed the wiki.)
If you don’t get on with it, you might be able to find some subtitled live-action stuff, though it’s a bit harder to get hold of.
Personally I quite like Ken Shimura (a famous Japanese comedian).
Even if you can’t speak Japanese you can get the gist of what’s going on in most sketches.
(One of my favourites is the sketch where he gives English pronunciation lessons to students who already speak English.)
Thirdly, a tip for learning how to pronounce ‘tsu’ (つ/ツ):
The “ts” sound is similar to the “t’s” in “it’s”, so practise pronouncing “it’s” without the leading “i” sound.
“Tsunami” is a good word to practise on (it should sound like “tsoonami”, not “soonami” as you hear most westerners pronounce it).
And finally a few resources:
If you need any programming tips you can always ask on the forums.
I’m always happy to help people with programming problems on the forums or via PM.
(Though I’m not always around, so there might be some delay in replying.)
As you’ve seen I can offer the odd Japanese tip too,
but I don’t understand the language anywhere near enough to teach it.
I’m good at understanding the pronunciation and the culture,
but there’s still a lot I don’t know about the language.
(I can’t conjugate verbs without consulting an internet article.)
We may have to close this thread for being a bit off-topic at some point.
I for one won’t be closing it straight away though.