"1. Learn hiragana, 2. Learn hiragana." I actually said this in a Saturday meetup. Why? Because someone who's brand new to the Japanese language joined the group and kept asking all around for books, tv shows and what not to learn Japanese when two of us had already posted separately - without knowing the other was going to post it, too - the same link to learn hiragana. So I said, "1. Learn hiragana, 2.
Yesterday was the first day of our brand new Genki Beginner Series. エミリーさん、ドミニクさん、カリーどさん、アンディさん、クリスさん、来てくれてありがとうございました！お疲れ様でした！
We started with Chapter 1 - yup! we forgot there was a Chapter 0 of Greetings at first - アンディさんとエミリーさん、教えてくれてありがとうございました -, read the dialogue, went through some of the speaking exercises and forged on to "complete" Chapter 2 and Chapter 0.