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8 Characteristics of Successful Language Learners | Language Tips

8 Characteristics of Successful Language Learners | Language Tips

What do the most successful language learners have in common? Find out eight common traits in this post from Spanish tutor Jason N...   When you first start learning a new language, it might seem frustrating. There are tons of new vocabulary words and new grammar rules to learn, and listening to native speakers may make your head spin. But don't give up! You successfully learned one language well so far (or you wouldn’t be understanding this post!), so you can clearly learn ano … Read More

8 Characteristics of Successful Language Learners | Language Tips
What do the most successful language learners have in common? Find out eight common traits in this post from Spanish tutor Jason N...   When you first start learning a new language, it might seem frustrating. There are tons of new vocabulary words and new grammar rules to learn, and listening to native speakers may make your head spin. But don't give up! You successfully learned one language well so far (or you wouldn’t be understanding this post!), so you can clearly learn ano
How to Write a Haiku | A Short History and 7 Easy Steps
Interested in learning how to write a haiku? Learn a bit about their rich history, and then take a stab at writing your own with the help of this guest post from Cherese Cobb, creative writer and self-proclaimed haiku nut:   Haiku comes from tanka, a short poem that has a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable rhythm. It was originally practiced by Japanese noblemen and Buddhist priests. During the 9th-12th centuries, writing tanka became a game called renga, where one person wrote the first three lines
How to Score a 5 on the AP Environmental Science Exam
Getting ready to take the AP Environmental Science exam? Brush up on these study tips from Olympia, WA tutor Tali H...   The three-hour AP Environmental Science exam has two 90-minute sections: a 100-question multiple-choice section, accounting for 60% of the final grade, and four free-response questions (one data-set question, one document-based question, and two synthesis and evaluation questions), accounting for 40% of the final grade. As you begin studying, incorporate these t
How to Score a 5 on the AP English Language and Composition Exam
Getting ready to take the AP English Language and Composition exam? Check out these study tips from Olympia, WA tutor Tali H...   The AP English Language and Composition exam is just over three hours, encompassing a 55-question 60-minute multiple-choice section (45% of total score) and a 135-minute time period to write three essays (55% of total score). The more complicated part of the test, the essays, is what I’ll be focusing on in this article. However, in regard to the mult
Remembering Maya Angelou, 1928-2014
On Wednesday morning, 86-year-old writer and American icon Maya Angelou passed away. Angelou was a memoirist and poet who grew up in the Jim Crow South and survived childhood sexual abuse. She overcame these hardships with incredible strength of spirit, and went on to lead a creative and fulfilling life, leaving behind a legacy of joyful, empowering work. Angelou is most known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which has become required reading for many high school

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