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Celebrate German-Style: Ultimate List of German Holidays and Festivals

Celebrate German-Style: Ultimate List of German Holidays and Festivals

While Germans are known to be quite reserved, they love to celebrate and take pride in their holiday traditions. Like many countries, Germans have their own set of unique traditions, from placing clean shoes in front of the door on St. Nicholas Day to chicken dances at Oktoberfest. If you’re planning on traveling to Germany, you might want to brush up on these traditions and customs. This guide is intended to help you learn everything there is to know about Germany’s major holidays and festiv … Read More

Celebrate German-Style: Ultimate List of German Holidays and Festivals
While Germans are known to be quite reserved, they love to celebrate and take pride in their holiday traditions. Like many countries, Germans have their own set of unique traditions, from placing clean shoes in front of the door on St. Nicholas Day to chicken dances at Oktoberfest. If you’re planning on traveling to Germany, you might want to brush up on these traditions and customs. This guide is intended to help you learn everything there is to know about Germany’s major holidays and festiv
Get in the Spirit: Celebrate Halloween in Japan
Have you ever wondered how other cultures celebrate your favorite haunted holiday? Here, Japanese teacher Taro T. explains how Japanese people get in the spirit and add their own twist to Halloween... Japan may be far away from the United States where Halloween is widely celebrated, but wearing costumes has become a tradition in Japan. In the land of anime and video games, wearing costumes, or cosplay, has been a part of Japanese sub-culture for decades. Despite the increased popularit
5 Helpful French Pronunciation Hacks for Beginners
Are you having trouble nailing your French accent? Below, French teacher Jinky B. explains how to sound like a  français or française in just five easy steps... The French have an undeniably distinct accent that can be difficult for non-native speakers to perfect. Nevertheless, it's not entirely impossible for non-natives to learn how to speak French. All it takes is some direction from your French teacher and a whole lot of practice. Below are five helpful French pronunciation h
The Best Spanish Learning Software: Reviews and Prices
What are the best Spanish learning software options available today? Here, New York, NY tutor Lauren P. reviews two of the best products on the market...   With hundreds of methods for learning Spanish these days, where do you even start? On your search for the best Spanish learning software for you, you'll want to take your learning style, commitment level, and budget into account. Below, we've rounded up some of the best user-friendly options to consider. Of course, I am sur
Learn Spanish Grammar: Present Perfect Conjugations
Ready for your next lesson in Spanish grammar? Here, tutor Jason N. explains what you need to know about present perfect conjugations...   Mastering verb conjugation is crucial to learning Spanish. It’s all about knowing patterns and formulas, as I've reviewed in some of my earlier posts about Spanish grammar. If you’re reading this now, it probably means you are well aware of the importance of conjugating verbs to describe situations and events. Conjugations also enable us to

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