4 Surprising Hobbies That Prep Your Brain for Language Learning
Want to learn a new language? There are a few hobbies that can actually make learning easier! Find out what they are in this guest post by Liisi Pajula...
Its widely known that being fluent in two or more languages is good for your brain and your well-being! The benefits of being bilingual run the gamut from increased problem-solving skills to improved memory and creativity, and speaking another language can even help slow the brain's aging and delay dementia.
10 Easiest & Hardest Languages to Learn for English Speakers
Every language requires a different learning approach. Depending on how easy or hard a language is to learn, you can have varying practice times, materials, and degrees of discipline. In this article, you'll learn about 10 popular languages and their difficulty levels from our language learning friend, Julie Petersen...
Language difficulty is a hard thing to calculate. It really depends on a variety of factors, such as personal motivation and interest, desire or need, surrounding cu
7 Ways to Stay Focused in a World of Distractions
If you feel easily distracted in your daily life, you're not alone! But as a writer or artist, this can be particularly detrimental to your craft. Here, Ann Arbor, MI teacher Keith F. shares some of his suggestions for how to stay focused...
In our modern culture, we watch television and use the internet several hours a day. We are experiencing 'passive stimulation.' Screens with light and color keep our attention, resulting in a form of light hypnosis, with the images constantl
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
5 Important Tips for Writing Romance Novels
Everyone enjoys a great love story -- and writing romance novels can be just as much fun as reading them! With this type of fiction, authors create an uplifting story that ends happily for the characters that readers have grown to love. Here's how to put together a fun read that shows the chemistry of the two characters and leads them toward their eventual happiness.
1. Know That Characters Come First
A good romance novel is all about the two main characters. Their relationship is what the n