It would seem the glaze is less to do with my fundamental resistence to Japanese and more to do wiht the fact I can't even read hiragana very quickly. How do I know? Because I tested myself on here:
and for those of you readers in Japan wisely boning up on your katakana, there's one for you to:
Apparently the record times are under a minute. I got 257s on my first go, so perhaps I need to work at this...