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28 Spanish Phrases & Jokes That Don't Quite Translate

28 Spanish Phrases & Jokes That Don't Quite Translate

Have you ever tried to translate a Spanish saying, and realized it didn't quite mean the same in English? Read on as Spanish tutor Jason N. shares the meaning behind some funny Spanish phrases, sayings, and jokes so you don't get confused again!   I was exposed to my first Spanish saying back in 2009, when my Mexican host-mother told her sister that “Jason no tiene pelos en la lengua” (Jason doesn’t have hair on his tongue). When I inquired, they both laughed and explained that pe … Read More

28 Spanish Phrases & Jokes That Don't Quite Translate
Have you ever tried to translate a Spanish saying, and realized it didn't quite mean the same in English? Read on as Spanish tutor Jason N. shares the meaning behind some funny Spanish phrases, sayings, and jokes so you don't get confused again!   I was exposed to my first Spanish saying back in 2009, when my Mexican host-mother told her sister that “Jason no tiene pelos en la lengua” (Jason doesn’t have hair on his tongue). When I inquired, they both laughed and explained that pe
Practice Japanese: 4 Ways to Boost Your Speaking Skills
Learning Japanese isn't just about studying textbooks and memorizing vocabulary. Here, Montgomery, TX Japanese teacher Emily G. shares her tips to help you improve your Japanese speaking skills...  If you’re learning Japanese, chances are you plan to use it. You want to be able to read, watch anime without subtitles, or get out there and converse with Japanese people! Sometimes textbooks, useful as they are, just aren’t the best way to apply your Japanese-language skills. Here are some wa
Japanese Grammar Rules: How to Conjugate Verbs in the Present Tense
When you're learning Japanese, it's important to understand how to conjugate verbs. Here are some great tips from Ann Arbor, MI teacher Elaina R. to help you understand Japanese verb conjugation.... Now that you're familiar with Japanese kana (if you're not, check out this article) and a few essential phrases, you're ready to learn about Japanese verb conjugation. In this article we will cover the basics—just the infinitive and present (formal and informal) forms. These concepts may seem
10 Milestones to Celebrate As You Learn Spanish
Learning Spanish takes a lot of work -- so don't forget to celebrate when you've made progress! Here, Spanish tutor Joan B. shares the significant milestones to be on the lookout for...   Learning a language can be an exhilarating experience, as you master concepts, increase your vocabulary, and discover a whole world of communication! When learning Spanish, there are several points along the language learning-process that are indicative of where you stand in your fluency with the lan
5 More Fantastic Korean Books for Language Students
Learning a new language is a rewarding and enriching experience. Unfortunately, for some, it can also be intimidating. The Korean language is full of complex sounds, grammar rules, and confusing sentence structures. For native English speakers, Korean can be hard to digest. With a qualified Korean teacher, and supplemental materials like Korean textbooks, however, a dedicated student can learn and master the Korean language. The right tools can help you get off to a great start when yo

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