If you're ok with this I'm gonna do this Khatzu style~ (well, parts)
First of all, I know some people think I'm smart. No I don't usually have real trouble learning something, but I still have to *do* it, I still have to work for it. I still have to review words every day, I still have to review kanji - everyday. I still have to read Japanese randomness - everyday.
I still have to watch more and more anime, movies and all... Everyday day again. And that way, slowly I'm learning more.
But if I were to forget about everything Japanese in my life for a week, I know I would lose some words, a lot of kanji, some understanding of it all.
(So, short version. Who knows, maybe I am a bit 'smarter' than average - I don't know, and I wouldn't exactly say that. Thing is just, I *don't* know, but some people seem to think that. But in the end - it doesn't *matter*.)
Does it matter if I learn 10 kanji and you only learn 5? Well, maybe it does at the moment, for you? But in the end it doesn't matter - as long as you learn something, that's ok. Hell, something? ANYTHING. 1 kanji, 1 word, one sentence you might understand in a whole movie or episode of your favorite anime. Something you wouldn't have understood if you would've watched it a week ago - or a month ago.
Learning a language is something... huge.
I'm not gonna say it's easy, I'm not gonna say it's something you can do in a very short period of time.
All I'm gonna say is this; you *can* do it.
You learned one language growing up, you learned Dutch (*shrugs* well at the moment we only have Dutch members...). Maybe you learned some other language first - fine, whatever. Point is - you learned *a* language. And you know what, you're reading this - understanding this. So apparently you also learned English, hm? Well at least to a level that makes you able to understand all this.
So, (for our Dutch members anyway), you learned 2 languages. If you could do it before now, you can do it again.
You *can* learn Japanese.
I don't feel I have a real right of speaking about this, because I'm still in the beginner phase myself... So maybe I should link to one of Khatzu's posts (ok, here you have it http://www.alljapaneseallthetime.com/blog/there-was-a-time-when
I could say a few similar things though...
*khatzu mode* (*laughs*)
Just 3 months ago, I couldn't read hiragana and katakana, at all. Now I read it without problems.
3 months ago I maybe knew 1 or 2 kanji (probably 何 and 人 ^_~), now I can actually read about 300 of those annoying things ;p
3 months ago I knew basic words like ひと ＆ いぬ , now I know what 真夜中 and と同じように is, and I can read and understand sentences like;
音楽聞きたいです。(well, and many more xD; )
This morning in the train, I've read another (imo xD) huge chapter of Ayashi no Ceres. In Japanese.
Imagine the stares I got ^_~ I guess most people think I'm pretending to read it, well whatever they want to believe. (Yes, all kanji have furigana on them. Still I think it's an achievement to understand enough of it to follow the story in just 3 months, ne?)
And people still like to believe Japanese is one of 'the most difficult languages' to learn. We can judge that, after we learned it. You can't judge something like that before learning it, not really. The kanji might be a big challenge, but really... I guess it will just take *time*. Chinese has many more characters, and the millions (or eh, billions?) of Chinese people seem to be doing fine, don't they?
Do Japanese people have a ... build in advantage for kanji learning? I don't think they do? Is it something Asian people are born with? Hell, no, we're all just humans. There's no real reason for us to *not* be able to learn Japanese.
I think I could go on about this forever, but for now...
Just RELAX, sit back and watch you're favorite anime movie, just random Japanese movie, or watch the latest ep of Naruto shippuuden or whatever you like. (Without subs ^_~) Don't worry about "oh but I don't understand word X" or even "I don't understand anything BUT 'Watashi' or 'konnichiwa'... Just... Enjoy it, and once again remember why you wanted to learn Japanese in the first place.