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Learn Hangul: The Korean Alphabet for Beginners

Learn Hangul: The Korean Alphabet for Beginners

Hangul is an essential component of the Korean langauge, but don't worry, it doesn't have to be intimidating. Learn the basic principles of hangul with Boston, MA language teacher Eunhye J... Hangul History The Korean alphabet, hangul, was invented by King Sejong the Great and his scholars in 1443 and was proclaimed as the official alphabet in 1446. Contrary to popular belief, hangul did not evolve from some unknown place and time. The Korean alphabet is one of King Sejong’s greatest an … Read More

Learn Hangul: The Korean Alphabet for Beginners
Hangul is an essential component of the Korean langauge, but don't worry, it doesn't have to be intimidating. Learn the basic principles of hangul with Boston, MA language teacher Eunhye J... Hangul History The Korean alphabet, hangul, was invented by King Sejong the Great and his scholars in 1443 and was proclaimed as the official alphabet in 1446. Contrary to popular belief, hangul did not evolve from some unknown place and time. The Korean alphabet is one of King Sejong’s greatest an
Believe it or Not: 16 Bizarre Japanese Superstitions
Every culture has its own set of legends, myths, and superstitions, and Japan is no exception. Japanese culture dates all the way back to 35,000 BC., and so do some Japanese urban legends. From good luck omens to supernatural animals, here are 16 bizarre Japanese superstitions. Inanimate Objects Have Spirits Japanese Buddhists believe that inanimate objects, like dolls, have spirits. There are a number of Japanese stories about dolls or other inanimate objects coming to life. Jap
Getting Down to Business: Useful Italian Phrases and Etiquette Tips for Doing Business
Close the deal on your next Italian business trip with this lesson from Italian teacher Nadia B. on useful Italian phrases and etiquette tips for doing business... Are you planning on doing business in Italy? It’s important that you learn Italian—even just a little—before your trip, as you want to interact with constituents in a professional and polite manner. In this article, we’ll explore various useful Italian phrases and words you can use to ensure your meetings go off without a hi
46 Spanish Adjectives to Describe All Your Friends [Printable]
If you want to have conversations in Spanish, you're going to need to know how to describe things -- and people! In this guest post, Sara from Spanish2Learn shares 46 adjectives to describe someone's personality...   If you're learning Spanish, you probably already know some helpful nouns and verbs to carry a conversation. Now it's time to sprinkle in some describing words! It's very common to describe other people in conversations -- not just physically, but also talking about th
Weddings Around the World: 5 Japanese Wedding Traditions
Giving gifts and honoring parents aren't just Korean wedding traditions - they're also important components of Japanese weddings. In this article, you'll learn about the unique traditions and rituals associated with Japanese weddings... Shintô is an ancient Japanese religion that continues to dominate the country's culture, especially its ceremonial traditions. Up to 79 percent of Japanese people still belong to Shintô temples, but the vast majority don't identify with its actual

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