9 Great Places to Practice a Language With Real People
What's the best way to become fluent in any language? By practicing with people who already speak it! In this article, you'll learn about 8 online communities you can join (for free) in order to improve your fluency and make friends along the way...
Ever try holding a conversation in a language you aren't comfortable speaking? Most of us would find that quite difficult. But here's something you should know: Having real conversations is the best way to practice a language.
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7 Fun Writing Prompts for Kids During Winter Break
Is winter weather and Christmas impatience taking its toll on your kids and your sanity? Get their holiday-inspired, creative juices flowing and banish the boredom - with these fun writing prompts for kids with a winter theme
Channel some Dickens.
Have your child write a poem or a story featuring three different versions of themselves getting a Christmas wish granted: one in the present, one in the past, and one in the future.
Make a parody.
Whats your childs favorite Christ
What Types of Creative Writing Prompts Work Best for Kids?
Kids who love to write may be off and running once the pen hits their hand, but other children might not feel comfortable writing unless given a few creative writing prompts. Creative prompts encourage imagination and provide a jumping off point for journal entries and stories. Even children who love to write may find it easier to work from a prompt because it gives them an area of focus - and it's fun! As a parent, one of the best ways to encourage your child's love of the written word is to pr
How to Write a Haiku | 7 Easy Steps
Interested in learning how to write a haiku? In this article, you'll learn about the rich history of haiku poems, and get to take a stab at writing your own.
The haiku style actually originated from tanka, a short poem with a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable rhythm. Tanka 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 of the poem and another person wrote the next t
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