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5 Common Fears Of New Spanish Learners (And How To Overcome Them)

5 Common Fears Of New Spanish Learners (And How To Overcome Them)

Thinking about learning Spanish, but terrified of feeling (or sounding) silly as a new learner? Don't fret -- everyone goes through the beginner stages! Here, online Spanish tutor Emmanuel M. shares his helpful tips...   Learning a new language can be difficult, but just like with anything else, all it takes is practice, confidence, and helpful tools. Common fears that new Spanish learners have tend to center around pronouncing words, understanding others, having a conversation, forge … Read More

5 Common Fears Of New Spanish Learners (And How To Overcome Them)
Thinking about learning Spanish, but terrified of feeling (or sounding) silly as a new learner? Don't fret -- everyone goes through the beginner stages! Here, online Spanish tutor Emmanuel M. shares his helpful tips...   Learning a new language can be difficult, but just like with anything else, all it takes is practice, confidence, and helpful tools. Common fears that new Spanish learners have tend to center around pronouncing words, understanding others, having a conversation, forge
How Often Should You Practice Spanish To Really Improve?
Not sure if you're practicing Spanish enough to reach your goals? Make sure you're getting enough practice time with these tips from Spanish teacher Emmanuel N... The fastest way to learn Spanish is to practice and use the language as much as possible. Think about it, kids go to school five days a week from kindergarten to high school, and they use English constantly. They read, write, and learn new words and vocabulary. In order to learn a new language, you have to practice speaking, w
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
Japanese History: 13 Festivals, Celebrations, and Traditions
You can enrich your Japanese-learning experience by also learning about Japanese history and culture. Japan is a country that's rich in history and traditions. It was first established as a united state around 300 AD, although people had resided on the cluster of islands since 10,000 BC. Over time, Japan has adopted numerous holidays and festivals. Some of these traditions were borrowed from other cultures, but Japanese people made these holidays distinctly Japanese. Here are a few of
How to Describe the Past in Spanish: Imperfect vs. Preterite
When you're taking Spanish lessons, you may be confused by new concepts and grammar rules. In Spanish, there are two different ways to describe the past; the imperfect and the preterite. Here, Carmichael, CA Spanish teacher Joan B. shares some helpful hints to help you describe the past in Spanish...   As a beginning Spanish speaker, it can be difficult to determine which form of the past tense you should use: imperfect vs. preterite. Once you learn the following simple tricks, ho

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