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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
How to Improve Your Spanish in 30 Minutes a Day
Whether you love science fiction, romance, or adventure, using non-academic books to learn Spanish is a fun way to improve your speaking skills! Learn more in this guest post from Honolulu tutor Jinan B...   Reading books in Spanish is an inexpensive, portable, and convenient way to improve your Spanish skills. In this article I'll review the many ways reading books in Spanish will help you learn the language so that you can begin using this effective and enjoyable tool of reading the
Build Your French Vocabulary: Family Members and Relationships
Learn how to talk about the most important people in your life in this French vocabulary lesson from tutor Emmanuel N.... French Vocabulary Words to Describe Your Family Bonjour, mes amis (Hello, my friends)! Let’s talk about our familles et amis (families and friends). If a man decides to marry a woman, she is sa femme (his wife), and he is son mari (her husband). Next, they might decide to settle down and start their own family. Most families have une mère et un père (a mother and a fath
How to NOT Look and Act Like an American Tourist in Germany
Are you planning a trip to Germany? One of the keys to staying safe and not getting sucked into tourist traps is to blend in with the culture. In other words, when in Germany, do as the Germans do. Most American tourists don’t realize that there are certain things they wear that make them stick out like a sore thumb. A large backpack or fanny pack, for example, screams tourist. But it’s not just what American tourists wear, it’s also what they say and do. Certain gestures or greetings,
5 Travel Bloggers to Inspire Your Next Trip to Spain
Dreaming of visiting Spain? It's a common bucket-list destination for any world traveler, and an even better destination if you've been learning how to speak Spanish! We've given some recommendations for Spanish-speaking countries to visit on the blog before, but if you're looking for more in-depth info, we recommend exploring the many Spanish travel bloggers documenting their adventures. Below, we've rounded up 5 of our favorites to check out. Spain for Pleasure Spain for Pleasures's tag

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