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Language Lessons vs. Self Study: Can You Teach Yourself Japanese?

Language Lessons vs. Self Study: Can You Teach Yourself Japanese?

Is it possible to teach yourself Japanese? While the best way to learn a language is always a private teacher or tutor, there are some things you can do at home to learn the basics. Here, language teacher Carol Beth L. weighs the pros and cons of Japanese lessons vs. teaching yourself. Can you teach yourself Japanese? The simple answer is, yes. Like many new skills, given the right tools, some people can teach themselves. I have known people who have taught themselves Japanese—or another … Read More

Language Lessons vs. Self Study: Can You Teach Yourself Japanese?
Is it possible to teach yourself Japanese? While the best way to learn a language is always a private teacher or tutor, there are some things you can do at home to learn the basics. Here, language teacher Carol Beth L. weighs the pros and cons of Japanese lessons vs. teaching yourself. Can you teach yourself Japanese? The simple answer is, yes. Like many new skills, given the right tools, some people can teach themselves. I have known people who have taught themselves Japanese—or another
29 Survival Tips for Studying in Japan (From Language and Travel Experts)
Whether you're traveling to Japan for fun or to study the language, it's important to prepare for your time away from home. It's natural to experience some culture shock any time you travel to a new place, but proper preparation can make the difference between an uncomfortable trip and a life-changing experience. So whether you're traveling with a language or exchange program, with a small group, or flying solo, here are 29 tips from language and travel experts to help you have an unforge
5 Common Problems Beginner Spanish Learners Face [Video]
Learning a new language can be tough. From new vocabulary to strange grammar rules, there's a lot of places beginners can stumble or get frustrated. Although Spanish is a relatively easy language to learn, it's not without obstacles. Many English speakers, in fact, run into the same hang-ups along the way. For example, conjugation rules take some time to get used to -- there's a reason most Spanish teachers include lots of Spanish conjugation practice in their classes! Repetition helps yo
3 Key Word Pairs You MUST Memorize in Spanish
You've learned verb conjugations, memorized some basic vocabulary words, and have begun sneaking Spanish practice into your daily life. But before you move on: do you know the difference between ser and estar? There are a few key distinctions that you MUST know to speak well. Here, Fairfax, CA Spanish tutor Jason N. explains...   The Spanish language makes distinctions that do not exist in English. These differences can be especially confusing for native English-speaking when they
How to Prepare for Your First Italian Online Lesson
Are you considering learning Italian? While it's possible to learn Italian independently, you'll have much better and faster results working with an experienced teacher. While working with a tutor has many advantages, one of the biggest benefits they provide is being able to correct your pronunciation and grammar before you develop bad habits. Some students are worried about the time or costs associated with in-person lessons. Thanks to the Internet, however, you can take lessons online. No

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