Peter Aybar here. I started using textfugu when I was stationed in Okinawa and loved it. Unfortunately I stopped once I became more comfortable with speaking with locals. I always regretted stopping as I have forgotten most of what I learned. So I am starting again with newfound resolve.
I am learning Japanese to be able to travel back to Japan with my family and on my own as it is my favorite country in the world besides the US and the UK where I live now haha.