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Get in the Spirit: Celebrate Halloween in Japan

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 … Read More

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
How to Support Your Japanese Student
It's important to encourage your son or daughter as he or she is learning Japanese. While it's easy to remind your child or teen to practice, there are some other things you can do to help him or her succeed. These tips from language teacher Carol Beth L. will help you support your Japanese student... 1. Know Your Student's Goals Why does your son or daughter want to learn Japanese? Is it required in school? Does he or she want to speak with others in Japanese? Is your student interested in an
Learn French Online: 5 YouTube Videos to Get You Started
These days it seems like guides to almost anything are available for free online, and learning French is no exception. While these videos are no substitute for taking French classes or studying with a French tutor, practicing with these videos is a great way to study! Absolute Beginner French (Pronunciation) from KDO Learning Let's start at the beginning (which is a very good place to start), which is of course with the ABCs. This video takes you through the French alphabet, first by givin
How to Practice Spanish When You’re Pressed for Time
Think you're too busy to practice Spanish? With these time-management tips from language teacher Lauren P., you'll be able to study Spanish even when you're short on time...   Learning Spanish can seem difficult when you’re pressed for time. No matter how busy you are, however, you can find 15 minutes a day to practice. These tips will help you budget your time so you can fit Spanish practice into your busy schedule. Set Up a Routine The only way to commit to anything is to make it
French Verbs of Motion: Conjugating the Past Tense with Être
There's always more to learn about French verbs! Tutor Carol Beth shares an important difference you need to know about certain verbs in the passé composé... So perhaps you are beginning to have a handle on some of the basic verbal forms in French – le present, le futur, imparfait, and passé composé for most verbs. For the passé composé, however, if you only know how to form it with avoir as the auxiliary verb (le verbe auxiliaire), watch out! When expressing certain actions in the pas

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