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Weddings Around the World: 5 Japanese Wedding Traditions

Weddings Around the World: 5 Japanese Wedding Traditions

Giving gifts and honoring parents aren't just Korean wedding traditions - they're also important components of Japanese weddings. In this article, you'll learn about the unique traditions and rituals associated with Japanese weddings... Shintô is an ancient Japanese religion that continues to dominate the country's culture, especially its ceremonial traditions. Up to 79 percent of Japanese people still belong to Shintô temples, but the vast majority don't identify with its actual … Read More

Weddings Around the World: 5 Japanese Wedding Traditions
Giving gifts and honoring parents aren't just Korean wedding traditions - they're also important components of Japanese weddings. In this article, you'll learn about the unique traditions and rituals associated with Japanese weddings... Shintô is an ancient Japanese religion that continues to dominate the country's culture, especially its ceremonial traditions. Up to 79 percent of Japanese people still belong to Shintô temples, but the vast majority don't identify with its actual
French Grammar Rules: Distinguishing Between Imparfait and Passé Composé
French grammar guru Carol Beth L. is back on the blog with this guide to the passé composé, the imparfait, and when you should use each of them... If you've been studying French grammar long enough, you may know that French has two different forms of the past tense: the passé composé (composed past) and the imparfait (imperfect). It is sometimes difficult for those who have just learned them to distinguish between situations that require the passé composé and situations that warrant the i
4 Shortcuts to Remember Spanish Grammar
Understanding Spanish grammar is an essential part of learning the language. With so many grammar rules, however, this can be difficult for beginners. Here, Carmichael, CA Spanish tutor Joan B. shares some simple shortcuts to help you learn Spanish grammar...   Having trouble with Spanish verbs, demonstratives, and commands? Once you have a good foundation in grammar, you'll be able to express yourself freely in Spanish. It might be frustrating at first to learn all the concepts,
How to Practice Spanish When You’re Pressed for Time
Think you're too busy to practice Spanish? With these time-management tips from language teacher Lauren P., you'll be able to study Spanish even when you're short on time...   Learning Spanish can seem difficult when you’re pressed for time. No matter how busy you are, however, you can find 15 minutes a day to practice. These tips will help you budget your time so you can fit Spanish practice into your busy schedule. Set Up a Routine The only way to commit to anything is to make it
Useful Italian Phrases and Tips for Shopping in Italy
If you're taking a trip to Italy, chances are you're planning on doing some serious shopping. Below, Italian teacher Nadia B. shares some useful Italian phrases and tips for shopping in Italy... Do you have a trip to Italy planned? Besides the delicious food, Italy has some of the best shopping in the world. Whether you're looking for a souvenir for your loved one or some high-fashion duds for yourself, Italy has it all. In this article, we'll explore some useful Italian phrases for sh

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