Learning Japanese can be painful. This isn't physical pain (unless you have a really mean teacher) but rather the anguish of mental frustration when you're unable to understand. Breaking through that anguish without giving up is part of the learning process. The best students are constantly seeking out that sense of challenge in order to keep their skills sharp.

This is easy if you're in Japan; there are challenges everywhere. Abroad it can be a more difficult task. Thankfully the internet has put the entirety of human knowledge at our fingertips. Sites like Twitter enable students in other countries to have some access to a Japanese experience of the world.

Another excellent site is ウィキペディア (Wikipedia). You can quickly access Japanese content for many of the articles by selecting 日本語 (Nihongo, Japanese) under the languages section in the sidebar. (Hint: It's listed alphabetically under N rather than J.)