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Japanese History: 13 Festivals, Celebrations, and Traditions

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 … Read More

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
7 Easy Tricks for Memorizing Spanish Vocabulary
At times, learning Spanish can feel overwhelming, with so many new words to take in after every lesson and new Spanish vocabulary appearing in every text or video you encounter. The problem is that new words often fail to stay in your memory on their own accord — you need to utilize special tips and tricks. Here are a few of our favorites: 1. Return to Your List of New Words Often The first time you learn a word is called initial contact, and you cannot expect to remember vocabulary after just
Italian for Kids: Learning the Alphabet [Audio and Visual]
Learning the Italian alphabet is an important building block in your child's learning process. Below, Italian teacher Liz T. shares the proper pronunciation of the alphabet and ways to practice the alphabet with your child... Is your child just starting to take Italian lessons? Learning Italian for kids can be difficult. One of the very first steps in your child's schooling is learning the alphabet, or as they say in Italy, L'alfabeto. The Italian alphabet is very similar to the Englis
French Grammar Rules: Conjugating Regular Verbs in the Imparfait
The French language uses several different verb forms to talk about events that occurred in the past. French tutor Carol Beth L. shares her guide to one of those forms, the imparfait... So, perhaps you've learned how to use the passé composé to talk about events in the past tense. The passé composé is a good way to discuss single events that happened once or at a specific point in time. J'ai passé deux ans en France. I spent two years in France. Elle a fait ses devoirs hier. She did her h
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

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