1: I've pretty much read everything I can find that is worth reading non fiction at both the local library and a nearby university library. I am sure there are many uncovered gems but the effort/reward ratio isn't worth it. So something to do. That or dive into fiction.
2: Although I am not bored, I am sure I come across as a pretty boring guy, I read, watch TV, movies, go on the internet. I could use a little spice.
3: As a self learner I don't think I have what it takes to handle tones, otherwise I'd probably do Chinese.
4: Hindi script might have many fewer characters, they do add up when you add those double consonants the writing of which changes. Also a lot of those letters sound pretty much exactly alike. I think I'd rather deal with Kanji. Also learning resources are limited.
5: I do like the idea of the JLPT. Everyone and his monkey can claim to be fluent [in three months
] but it is nice to have an actual test to back things up even if it is incomplete and has issues at least it is hard. Even if I never go to Japan, and never meet anyone who knows Japanese much like I haven't in my first 45 years except for one half Japanese girl I spoke to about 2 or 3 times and a linguistic stud friend of mine who got up to what he would estimate as an N3 level, at least I'd have something to show for it.
When RTK gets me down and the last 2 or so lessons I get that WTH am I doing this for, it is going to keep getting worse and it's bloody hell impossible, it doesn't help that I seem to lack any of the usual motivators. Not an Amine or a manga dude. Don't do martial arts. My tastes in females are widespread, about as widespread as their disinterest in me. I might have Yellow Fever but I have Pale Ginger cancer and Awkward adorkable dementia. I don't need to work. If and a big if I find myself living in Japan I can't see it being more than a year or two. Demographics, public finances, the geology trying to kill you etc... well maybe if Canadian financials really take off and the Yen collapses far ahead of inflation.
Oh well, have way through the pdf sample and I just ordered the book. At least it is good memory work. Sort of thing to give a bro confidence for taking on something else if I don't stick it through.