Once you've gotten past greetings and other common phrases, it's useful to learn how to survive on your own. Conversation with new acquaintances in Japan can be frustratingly predictable at times, but this is a good thing when you're still learning the language.
Another survival tip:
Downloading Rikaichan for Firefox is highly recommended, all you need is a basic understanding of the backwards sentence structure that Japanese has compared to English and you'll be able to read web pages like the Japanese Wikipedia. Slowly, word-by-word, but at least it's possible through the interactive dictionary.
I get up at 6:30am every morning, have a shower, eat breakfast and go to work. My workplace is a factory and it's located in <where>. It takes me about 20 minutes to get from home to work. Every morning I ride my bicycle to work. I work from 8am to 4:30pm with weekends off.