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The Ultimate Guide to Japanese Martial Arts

The Ultimate Guide to Japanese Martial Arts

There's no better way to learn Japanese than exploring important aspects of the culture. Martial arts play a significant role in both Japanese history and Japanese culture. So whether you're taking Japanese lessons or you're interested in learning martial arts, here is your guide to the most popular Japanese fighting styles. Sumo Sumo is Japan’s national sport. The rules are simple: each rikishi (wrestler) tries to push his opponent out of the elevated, clay dohyo (ring). A sumo m … Read More

The Ultimate Guide to Japanese Martial Arts
There's no better way to learn Japanese than exploring important aspects of the culture. Martial arts play a significant role in both Japanese history and Japanese culture. So whether you're taking Japanese lessons or you're interested in learning martial arts, here is your guide to the most popular Japanese fighting styles. Sumo Sumo is Japan’s national sport. The rules are simple: each rikishi (wrestler) tries to push his opponent out of the elevated, clay dohyo (ring). A sumo m
C'est la Fête Nationale: French Vocabulary for Bastille Day
Perhaps you've heard of Bastille Day, the French national holiday in July. Tutor Annie A. shares history and vocabulary to help you observe this holiday like the French do... The History of Bastille Day Bastille Day, or le quatorze juillet as they say in France, commemorates the storming of Bastille on July 14, 1789 by the French masses. The Bastille was a fortified prison where political prisoners were usually kept - some even without the formality of a trial. There were seven pris
Top Eight French Phrases You'll Need to Know Before Traveling in France
Lucky you, taking a trip to France! French tutor Carol Beth L. has prepared some extremely useful French phrases for travelers that you will need to know... Are you soon to be heading to France with little knowledge of French? Many French speak English; it is even a required subject in high school. But not all the people you meet in France will feel comfortable speaking English, especially if their studies took them in another direction. Some may not remember enough English to hold a conver
22 MORE Useful French Phrases for Striking Up a Conversation
Casual conversations with French speakers are a great way to practice your language skills! Here, tutor Beth L. shares 22 useful French phrases that will come in handy…   When learning a new language, it's important to keep on talking -- and listening -- to practice your new skills. If you've already learned basic conversational phrases, now it's time to move on to some more interesting conversation topics! To help you practice and prompt your new French-speaking friends, below
Learn Japanese: 5 Expert Study Tips From Bobby Judo
Need some inspiration to help you learn Japanese? How about some advice from an expert? Bobby Judo is a TV and radio host in Japan. Although he was born in America, Bobby speaks fluent Japanese and hosts a popular YouTube series to help students learn Japanese. Here, Bobby talks about his own journey with Japanese and shares his expert advice for Japanese-language students...  I had a passing interest in Zen Buddhism when I was in high school, and a very, very strong sense of wanderlust.

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