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5 Basic Rules of Italian Pronunciation

5 Basic Rules of Italian Pronunciation

Learning Italian grammar and vocabulary doesn't get you far unless you know how to properly pronounce words. Below, Italian teacher Liz T. shares the five basic rules of Italian pronunciation... Italian is known for being one of the most beautiful languages. Learning how to properly speak Italian is all about mastering the correct sounds and pronunciation. Let's take a look at the five basic Italian pronunciation rules to help you better understand the language. Remember, working with … Read More

5 Basic Rules of Italian Pronunciation
Learning Italian grammar and vocabulary doesn't get you far unless you know how to properly pronounce words. Below, Italian teacher Liz T. shares the five basic rules of Italian pronunciation... Italian is known for being one of the most beautiful languages. Learning how to properly speak Italian is all about mastering the correct sounds and pronunciation. Let's take a look at the five basic Italian pronunciation rules to help you better understand the language. Remember, working with
15 Fun-to-Say Japanese Onomatopoeias (with audio)
It’s time to make your Japanese vocabulary POP! In this article, Japanese teacher Yo’el E. will take you through 15 Japanese Onomatopoeias that are even more fun to say than they look…   What Are Onomatopoeias? An onomatopoeia is a word where meaning is derived from a sound, or when a word sounds like how it looks. In English, we have onomatopoeias like "cock-a-doodle-doo" for the sound a rooster makes, or "crunch" for the act of crushing things. Onomatopoeias are quite common i
Learn Hiragana and Katakana With Japanese Calligraphy
When you're taking Japanese lessons, you will be introduced to various Japanese writing systems. Here, Winston-Salem, NC teacher Willy M. explains how learning Japanese calligraphy can help you understand the Japanese alphabet...  The Japanese alphabet, or writing systems, are very different from our alphabet in English. Japanese uses more than one syllabary. A syllabary is a group of syllables that make up different words. Think of it more like a phonics system. The difference between th
The Korean Future Tense Part 1 : Describing the Probable Future
As you progress in your Korean lessons, you will learn different ways to describe different events in the past, present, and future. Here's a look at the Korean future tense with Minneapolis, MN teacher Bryce J... Some linguists argue that there actually isn't a Korean future tense, but that doesn't mean there is no way to talk about future events. In fact,  there are actually five ways to describe the future in Korean: probable future, definite future, promissory future, intentional futu
Japanese Learning Hacks for Beginners
Want to learn Japanese but not sure where to start? As a beginner, it's essential to have effective strategies to help you make the most of your time. Try these learning hacks from language teacher Taro T... Learning any new language can be challenging, but one of the keys to success is how fast you can advance past the beginner stage. I say this from my experience learning English and Spanish. I was able to gain fluency in the two languages based on how fast I went from the beginner

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