By the way, it’s pronounced “A-shi-te-ru” not “a-shit-eru”
For many Americans, English is the only language that is known fluently. In contrast, places such as South Africa have people knowing at least 5 languages conversationally – while countries in Europe often teach students to know a second language fluently through education starting in elementary school.
If you are serious about learning another language, programs such as Rosetta exist to help you become conversational (and higher) in a foreign language. However, there are other ways to include learning another language on your schedule.
Itunes has multiple language programs that allow you to learn new words in your five-minute breaks you might have at work or at home. While not as intensive as a full computer program, this option works best for people who only have a few minutes at a time, rather than a full half hour or hour to devote to studying.
Additionally, a fun way of challenging yourself is to learn another language with a friend or loved one. Whether it is learning how to say “I love you” in a dozen ways or beginning to write short notes to each other through Facebook or email messages, the words that are said with meaning and in amusing ways will stick with you longer than words that are merely written 500 times on a piece of paper. (Ashiteru is “I love you” in Japanese.)