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Japanese History: 13 Festivals, Celebrations, and Traditions

You can enrich your Japanese-learning experience by also learning about Japanese history and culture. Japan is a country that's rich in history and traditions. It was first established as a united state around 300 AD, although people had resided on the cluster of islands since 10,000 BC. Over time, Japan has adopted numerous holidays and festivals. Some of these traditions were borrowed from other cultures, but Japanese people made these holidays distinctly Japanese. Here are a few of … Read More

Japanese History: 13 Festivals, Celebrations, and Traditions
You can enrich your Japanese-learning experience by also learning about Japanese history and culture. Japan is a country that's rich in history and traditions. It was first established as a united state around 300 AD, although people had resided on the cluster of islands since 10,000 BC. Over time, Japan has adopted numerous holidays and festivals. Some of these traditions were borrowed from other cultures, but Japanese people made these holidays distinctly Japanese. Here are a few of
25 Creative Writing Prompts to Practice Spanish
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5 Common Problems Beginner Spanish Learners Face [Video]
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  Mastering Italian pronunciation is often the hardest thing about learning Italian. Don't get discouraged if you're having a hard time pronouncing words and phrases as it takes time and a lot of practice to get it right. Below, Italian teacher Delilah B. provides some tips on how to speak like a native Italian... A lot of students ask me what is the best and easiest way to pronounce Italian words. While Italian pronunciation can be difficult for beginners, it's actually quite easy to pi
4 Quick and Easy Italian Grammar Exercises
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