I'm better at reading more than speaking. Speaking could be more my hesitation at making an ass of myself and saying the wrong thing. I love the culture and the last thing I want to do is offend someone, so I try not to say anything because of that fear. I'm limited with Kanji knowledge, but can generally make out signs and other product packaging. In no way would it be enough to live in Japan (something I do want to do), but enough to get around for a month or so without much of a hassle.