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The Japanese Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Kanji

The Japanese Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Kanji

When you're studying Japanese, you will learn new vocabulary, grammar, and writing systems. Now that you've been introduced to hiragana , it's time to talk about kanji. Here, Brighton, MA Japanese teacher Karou N. shares some effective study tips to help you learn kanji... If you’re interested in studying Japanese, and you've made up your mind to learn the language, there’s no way to avoid kanji. Understanding kanji, and being able to read and write the letters correctly, is important for … Read More

The Japanese Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Kanji
When you're studying Japanese, you will learn new vocabulary, grammar, and writing systems. Now that you've been introduced to hiragana , it's time to talk about kanji. Here, Brighton, MA Japanese teacher Karou N. shares some effective study tips to help you learn kanji... If you’re interested in studying Japanese, and you've made up your mind to learn the language, there’s no way to avoid kanji. Understanding kanji, and being able to read and write the letters correctly, is important for
Sound Like a Native With 8 Korean Slang Expressions
You may have all of the resources to learn Korean, but can you speak like a native yet? If you can't, we'll help with that! In this article, guest blogger Anum Yoon from Current on Currency will teach you eight Korean slang words to make your speech sound more natural…   By now, you should be aware of the fact that Koreans love incorporating slang into casual conversations. In any given Korean drama or reality show, there are a variety of different slang terms being thrown around.
50 Fascinating Facts About the Spanish Language [Infographic]
Calling all linguaphiles, trivia buffs, students, teachers, and world travelers -- you probably already know that a country's language carries many clues about its history, culture, and values. Understanding the intricacies can often make it easier to learn a language, also, since you'll likely recognize patterns, or how certain language relate to each other. The Spanish language in particular is really cool to learn about, as you'll see in this post! We got help from our tutors to compile
35 Spanish Slang Words and Phrases You Should Know
Curious about slang words in Spanish to add to your vocabulary? Check out tutor Emmanuel N.'s list here -- and also learn how they differ by country!   Every language and every country has its own usage of slang. In fact, if we’re being specific, each generation invents new slang words or will reuse words from decades ago. When trying to learn Spanish “by the book,” you may find yourself in somewhat of an awkward situation when trying to communicate with Spanish speakers in rel
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

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