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10 Famous Japanese Expressions (and What They Really Mean)

10 Famous Japanese Expressions (and What They Really Mean)

You've probably heard the well-known idioms and expressions of wisdom in English. Phrases like "don't count your chickens before they hatch" and "don't put all your eggs in one basket." But these words of wisdom aren't exclusive to English. Here, Japanese teacher Kaoru N. explains the meaning behind 10 famous Japanese expressions...     ???????????? - I no naka no kawazu, taikai wo sirazu "A frog in a well never knows the vast ocean." There was a frog who was born in a … Read More

10 Famous Japanese Expressions (and What They Really Mean)
You've probably heard the well-known idioms and expressions of wisdom in English. Phrases like "don't count your chickens before they hatch" and "don't put all your eggs in one basket." But these words of wisdom aren't exclusive to English. Here, Japanese teacher Kaoru N. explains the meaning behind 10 famous Japanese expressions...     ???????????? - I no naka no kawazu, taikai wo sirazu "A frog in a well never knows the vast ocean." There was a frog who was born in a
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
Un, Le, Ce, or De? French Articles Explained
As an English speaker learning French, articles are little words that can still give you big problems. Since French nouns are masculine, feminine, and plural and have different articles to distinguish them, you will need to memorize at least two French articles for each English one. To help you master French articles, we've broken them down into groups for you to study. Basics The first thing you need to learn are the English articles so that you can get a better understanding of
Moving to France: Honest Advice From Expats Living in France
  Congratulations, you’ve finally made the decision to move to France. Now comes the hard part, getting you and your stuff there. If you thought making the decision the leave your friends and family was hard, you’ve got another thing coming. Moving to France—or any foreign country for that matter—isn’t easy. After all, you’re moving to a country where you don’t speak the language and you’re mostly unfamiliar with the customs and culture. Lucky for you, we’ve interviewed seve
Japanese Vocabulary: 10 Animals in Japanese
If you're taking Japanese lessons, you've probably learned the basics like greetings and phrases. So, let's get into some fun Japanese vocabulary. Here, Brighton, MA Japanese teacher Kaoru N. teaches you the names for common animals in Japanese... 1. Inu - ? / ?  - Dog Humans and dogs have a special bond, and just like in the rest of the world, dogs are important animals in Japanese. There are two kanji letters for "dog," but the second one is less common, and only used when it’s part o

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