Isn't anybody gona help these two members, answer their questions neh!
I live in RSA so I cannot really help, but there is nothing like a personal touch from somebody with the same interests, so if some of you that lives in The Land Of The Gods are able to help these two it will be wonderful!!!HAI!
I think it is a good thing to learn the language first, that way you might earn a bit of face and not look like a complete gai-jin hai! (no offence Nice Gai-Jin)
I wish you well my friends, may you have a super great time!!
Enjoy Ciao Ciao