I’m coming here from tofugu, which greatly helped in learning the Hiragana & Katakana. The mnemonics really help me out. I was able to get 100% accuracy on the katakana in two days (unlimited time to recognize, of course.) I’ve started here and and it looks like something similar.
I love to play video games, so what I’ve done for practice, was procure a Super Famicon and FF6 – a game I’ve played many times (in English.) On this pay through (I’m sure I’ll do another) I’ve decided to shout all the words I can recognize out loud! =) My wife knows some Japanese so she is really interested in watching/practice.
If you have other suggestions to help please feel free to post, I’m thinking I’ll do the Genki books to get grammar once I have some of these Kanjis.