People are always asking me for advice on how to learn to speak Japanese. I was brought to Japan as a very small, white baby so I never really had to study Japanese. The best I can do at teaching Japanese is this.
If you want some other teaching sources in additiion to my "Japanese without saying a word" video series, here are a few.
1. Maggie Sensei
Maggie is a Japanese dog who teaches Japanese. She also has 8 breasts, which should make her very popular on the internet.
2. Miss Hannah MInx theaches Simple phrases for the beginner. You can also see here in some of my videos.
Koichi's website teaches Japanese and Japanese culture. His blog has useful tips and is free. He also has a subscription service.
These three sites are a good start for learning Japanese at your desk.
I also recommend going to your local library and borrowing all of the language CDs that they have. Listen to them all until you find one that works for you. Put it on your ipod and listen while you exercise or color in your coloring books.
This is what I have been doing to try to learn some Chinese.