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Japanese Honorifics: Formal & Informal Name Suffixes

Japanese Honorifics: Formal & Informal Name Suffixes

When learning to speak Japanese, you'll come across suffixes used to address people called "honorifics." While these may seem confusing at first, they aren't that difficult to learn. Here, we break down Japanese honorifics for beginners... Japanese honorifics aren’t as scary as they seem. Think of them like the English title prefixes (Miss, Sir, Dr., etc.). Japanese honorifics are simply a collection of suffixes that get tacked onto the end of names, titles, and other labels. There are … Read More

Japanese Honorifics: Formal & Informal Name Suffixes
When learning to speak Japanese, you'll come across suffixes used to address people called "honorifics." While these may seem confusing at first, they aren't that difficult to learn. Here, we break down Japanese honorifics for beginners... Japanese honorifics aren’t as scary as they seem. Think of them like the English title prefixes (Miss, Sir, Dr., etc.). Japanese honorifics are simply a collection of suffixes that get tacked onto the end of names, titles, and other labels. There are
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
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
10 Cool Sites to Learn French by Podcast, Video, or Blog
Is it possible to learn French by podcast? French tutor Carol Beth L. shares a few great podcasts, blogs, and a YouTube channel that can help you learn French faster... When you're learning French, consistent linguistic exposure at and just above your level is vital. It can help you reinforce your current level, and help you raise your level through context clues and direct introduction to new vocabulary. Podcasts and other online mediums are an excellent way to do this. Below are a fe
Japanese Vocabulary: 11 Mealtime Words & Expressions
Food is an essential part of life and a central part of any culture. Japan is well known for its sushi, curries, soups, noodles, and more. Japan's penchant for courtesy and respect also plays a part in the country's mealtime expressions. Here are some Japanese vocabulary terms you can use during meal times. 1) Gohan (meal) hiragana: ??? kanji: ?? This term literally refers to the white rice that plays a big role in most meals. Over the years, it has become understood in context to refe

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