I've tried studying "Basic Japanese" by Charles E. Tuttle, Jr., and I couldn't get past the first two pages of the introduction. It just outlined basic categories that deal with the Japanese language, like sentence structure. The book also talks about nasal inflections, and the proper usage of pronouns, adverbs, adnouns and proverbs and whatever other crazy words are out there that aren't even described in the book. I don't know how I'm supposed to learn two alphabets and possibly draw the characters; at least english characters are simple to draw... I just don't know if it's for me. I was really excited to get into learning the language, but the sentence structure alone makes absolutely no sense to me, even if it's explained as simply as possible. I now really think that the only way I'd be able to learn a different language is if I let my English suffer or somehow completely forget it and start on the new language; either way, it seems I'm not mentally flexible enough to know more than one language at a time.
I don't want to be pessimistic, but I'm just feeling this is the reality of things. I'd love nothing more than to learn Japanese, but this desire's now been more of a curse, since I can't do anything about it.
I do appreciate your advice much!