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Japanese Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Romaji

Japanese Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Romaji

When you are learning Japanese you will be introduced to the writing systems hiragana, katakana, and kanji. You may also encounter a fourth writing system called romaji. Here, Japanese teacher Kaoru N. explains what you need to know about romaji...  Romaji simply means "Roman characters." Japanese people use the letters to write other languages based on the alphabet, and also to write Japanese syllables. You will typically use romaji when you type Japanese sentences with a computer keyboa … Read More

Japanese Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Romaji
When you are learning Japanese you will be introduced to the writing systems hiragana, katakana, and kanji. You may also encounter a fourth writing system called romaji. Here, Japanese teacher Kaoru N. explains what you need to know about romaji...  Romaji simply means "Roman characters." Japanese people use the letters to write other languages based on the alphabet, and also to write Japanese syllables. You will typically use romaji when you type Japanese sentences with a computer keyboa
Italian Grammar: Introduction to Gender and Number
When it comes to building a solid Italian grammar foundation, gender and number are two very important concepts one must learn. Unfortunately, they are also very troublesome for beginner students. Below Italian teacher, Nadia B. gives a quick and easy introduction to the two concepts... Ready to explore Italian grammar? For students, gender and number are often the most challenging concepts to understand, since they are used very differently in Italian than in English. However, with a lit
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
6 Popular Spring Hobbies That Won't Break the Bank
Happy first day of spring! Now that the days are longer and the weather is warmer, it's the perfect time to start a new hobby. And don't worry -- there are tons of hobbies to choose from that don't require expensive equipment or pricey commitments. In fact, many of these cheap hobbies can actually save you money in the long-run. Check out our recommendations below, and see what sparks your interest! 1. Languages Did you know that learning a second language can increase your brain power, ex
12 Classic French Movies (and Movie Series) All Students Need to See
Nothing beats relaxing with a great film while you practice your French! French tutor Carol Beth shares her favorite French movies for students... Watching movies is a great way to maintain and expand your knowledge of French, and there are quite a few enjoyable French movies out there. The following list covers many of the most well-known films that students should check out. The list begins with the most “tame” movies and progresses to those that include romantic themes (or scenes)

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