So do we really need to wait to begin our recipee-for-language swap? Let' start working on defining goals.
You want to teach Raven Japanese (and I want ye to), and I want to cook. More often. As a lifestyle. As an offering to whatever community I'm a part of. So you help me define my goals.
Here's the curriculum I suggested for R: For the rest of this year, beginning April 1st, simply learn one word a day. The trick is to learn the same word in multiple ways (tactile, kinesthetic, sound, image)--so it's rooted in the brain and at the end of the year Raven can use at least 220 words out of 275 (that's 80%).
Sneak preview at first week's assignment:
2 politeness words; numbers 1-5
What might my first week's assignment look like?