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10 Famous Japanese Expressions (and What They Really Mean)

10 Famous Japanese Expressions (and What They Really Mean)

Famous Japanese quotes, sayings, and idioms are fun for beginners to learn and practice. You're probably already familiar with the many idioms in English, such as "Don't count your chickens before they hatch" and "Don't put all your eggs in one basket." Using such phrases in everyday conversation will help you sound like a native Japanese speaker, but you have to be sure you're using them in the right context and setting. Here, we'll share 10 famous Japanese quotes and the meanings behind … Read More

10 Famous Japanese Expressions (and What They Really Mean)
Famous Japanese quotes, sayings, and idioms are fun for beginners to learn and practice. You're probably already familiar with the many idioms in English, such as "Don't count your chickens before they hatch" and "Don't put all your eggs in one basket." Using such phrases in everyday conversation will help you sound like a native Japanese speaker, but you have to be sure you're using them in the right context and setting. Here, we'll share 10 famous Japanese quotes and the meanings behind
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
Useful Italian Phrases and Tips for Shopping in Italy
If you're taking a trip to Italy, chances are you're planning on doing some serious shopping. Below, Italian teacher Nadia B. shares some useful Italian phrases and tips for shopping in Italy... Do you have a trip to Italy planned? Besides the delicious food, Italy has some of the best shopping in the world. Whether you're looking for a souvenir for your loved one or some high-fashion duds for yourself, Italy has it all. In this article, we'll explore some useful Italian phrases for sh
25 Creative Writing Prompts to Practice Spanish
Want to perfect your Spanish and put your knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure to practice? Try these 25 Spanish writing prompts that tutor Joan B recommends...   To improve your Spanish, it’s important to apply the concepts you’re learning directly in practice. Writing is an especially helpful way to do this, since you can develop and practice specific grammatical structures, and then ask for feedback from a native speaker, your tutor, or a teacher. The Spa
Learn Japanese Grammar: How to Use Japanese Adjectives
Verbs and nouns are vital to form a sentence, but if you want to add some color, you also need adjectives. Here, Ann Arbor, MI teacher Elaina R. shows you how to use Japanese adjectives... Adjectives are descriptive words. The stove is hot. The blue sky turned black. I am confused. We use tons of adjectives in our everyday speech. If you're learning Japanese, learning to use adjectives is a must. Luckily, using adjectives in Japanese is pretty darn easy. There are only two

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