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3 Myths About Learning French - BUSTED!

3 Myths About Learning French - BUSTED!

Is it hard to learn French? Tutor Roman N. shares three things you might think make it difficult to learn French that are actually totally false... Some of you may have been fascinated by French culture and French language for a while, but you haven't yet taken your first step toward learning this beautiful language. In my experience, I have found these three reasons to be the most popular excuses: "I'm too old for this -- it's too late to start learning a second language." "My Fren … Read More

3 Myths About Learning French - BUSTED!
Is it hard to learn French? Tutor Roman N. shares three things you might think make it difficult to learn French that are actually totally false... Some of you may have been fascinated by French culture and French language for a while, but you haven't yet taken your first step toward learning this beautiful language. In my experience, I have found these three reasons to be the most popular excuses: "I'm too old for this -- it's too late to start learning a second language." "My Fren
Learn Spanish Grammar: Intro to the Subjunctive Mood
You've learned about how to conjugate verbs in Spanish, and have a basic command of the language. Next up? Understanding the subjunctive mood! Read on as tutor Jason N. explains...   As you're learning Spanish, it's a smart idea to keep track of your progress. Your teacher or tutor can help you with this; if you're learning on your own, try testing your Spanish here. So, what's next once you can communicate the basics comfortably and confidently? Advanced students who want to t
Exploring the Six Most Popular Italian Dialects
There are numerous Italian dialects spoken throughout Italy. Below, Italian teacher Liz T. shares the six most popular Italian dialects... In the big boot of Italy, there are dozens of Italian dialects. In fact, almost every region has it's own unique accent. While the literary Italian language is used throughout the country for law, business, and education, many people still use their region’s original Italian dialect. While it’s not necessary for you to learn every Italian dialect
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
Japanese Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Romaji
When you are learning Japanese you will be introduced to the writing systems hiragana, katakana, and kanji. You may also encounter a fourth writing system called romaji. Here, Japanese teacher Kaoru N. explains what you need to know about romaji...  Romaji simply means "Roman characters." Japanese people use the letters to write other languages based on the alphabet, and also to write Japanese syllables. You will typically use romaji when you type Japanese sentences with a computer keyboa

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