I'm familiar with some endearment/cultural terms. For example, the -san, aniki, -sempai, -chan, -onee-chan/onii-chan, -black, etc. The taking off shoes when entering a home, you know what I mean. I've been reading manga/anime for a while and it's really gotten me interested in the language. I want to learn it!
How do I start? Could someone explain basic symbols to me? As in, how many symbols are there? Is there an alphabet, etc, or a symbol for EVERY word?