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Learn Japanese Through Music: 7 Fun Songs to Sing at Karaoke

Learn Japanese Through Music: 7 Fun Songs to Sing at Karaoke

Karaoke is a fun activity in any language, but believe it or not, singing karaoke is also a great way to improve your Japanese-language skills. Karaoke, as we know it, actually started in Kobe City, Japan. The word 'karaoke' is a combination of the words kara (from karappo, which means 'empty') and oke (from okesutura, which means 'orchestra'). You may not have realized that you can learn Japanese through music, but karaoke is one of the best ways to practice vocabulary and pronunciati … Read More

Learn Japanese Through Music: 7 Fun Songs to Sing at Karaoke
Karaoke is a fun activity in any language, but believe it or not, singing karaoke is also a great way to improve your Japanese-language skills. Karaoke, as we know it, actually started in Kobe City, Japan. The word 'karaoke' is a combination of the words kara (from karappo, which means 'empty') and oke (from okesutura, which means 'orchestra'). You may not have realized that you can learn Japanese through music, but karaoke is one of the best ways to practice vocabulary and pronunciati
Learn German Grammar: Guide to Masculine, Feminine, and Neutral Nouns
Learn German grammar with this helpful guide to forming masculine, feminine, and neutral nouns from German teacher Tyler S... Whenever I begin German lessons with a new student, I provide a brief summary of “grammatical gender” within the first three lessons. This usually involves me comparing the three German words der, die, and das. While terminology like “grammatical gender” may sound daunting, don’t let that deter you from being able to learn German grammar. With a little practice,
Flirting in French: 25 Head-Turning Phrases You Need To Know
French is known to be beautiful, romantic, and poetic. Because French is such a romantic language, flirting might be something that pops into your mind when thinking of the many reasons to speak French. However, before I teach you some flirtatious phrases you should know a little bit about the French culture – especially if you’re thinking of saying these phrases when you visit France. In France, flirting is like a way of life – it is an art form. It is in their culture and in their na
Get in the Spirit: Celebrate Halloween in Japan
Have you ever wondered how other cultures celebrate your favorite haunted holiday? Here, Japanese teacher Taro T. explains how Japanese people get in the spirit and add their own twist to Halloween... Japan may be far away from the United States where Halloween is widely celebrated, but wearing costumes has become a tradition in Japan. In the land of anime and video games, wearing costumes, or cosplay, has been a part of Japanese sub-culture for decades. Despite the increased popularit
11 Tips for Improving Your Conversational Spanish [Infographic]
Whether you're learning Spanish for business or just for fun, your end goal is most likely to communicate with others -- not just stare at a textbook! And to do this, you'll need to practice listening and talking with real people. Here, Spanish tutor Joan B. shares some tips, and where to find conversational Spanish lessons...  Ready to start speaking in Spanish with confidence? The following tips include creative ways to practice your Spanish in social settings and in your community, w

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