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Do You Know the Absolute Best Book to Read for Practicing a Language?

Do You Know the Absolute Best Book to Read for Practicing a Language?

There are so many different ways to learn a language. It's good to have some guidance on which is the best! In this article, we'll explain why one beloved book series is the best to way to learn a language...   Language learning doesn't have to be boring. It's not all about reading textbooks and completing workbooks. It's much like a quest; you have to discover the feel, rhythm, and nuances of the language yourself. After all, some aspects are difficult to memorize and-- like our … Read More

Do You Know the Absolute Best Book to Read for Practicing a Language?
There are so many different ways to learn a language. It's good to have some guidance on which is the best! In this article, we'll explain why one beloved book series is the best to way to learn a language...   Language learning doesn't have to be boring. It's not all about reading textbooks and completing workbooks. It's much like a quest; you have to discover the feel, rhythm, and nuances of the language yourself. After all, some aspects are difficult to memorize and-- like our
Telling Your Story: Why Your Personal Narrative Matters
Although schools may be veering away from it, learning how to write a personal narrative essay can take you far in life. Learn more in this guest post by Chicago, IL tutor Samantha S...   Students, perhaps you have noticed the recent Common Core State Standard trend to veer away from such writing prompts as “What Did You Do On Summer Vacation?” Though nationwide curriculum currently mandates that best-practice instruction focuses on nonfiction, non-narrative writing, here’s why yo
5 Tutor-Approved Tips for Aspiring Bilinguals | Speaking With Confidence
Do you get nervous speaking different languages? Whether you're taking group classes, working 1-on-1 with a Spanish tutor, or taking advantage of online learning tools on your own, speaking is often the hardest skill to get comfortable with. Especially when you're chatting with native speakers, it can feel like they're talking a mile a minute! But don't let your anxiety get you down. Most tutors agree the best way to improve your conversational language skills is to push yourself a bit ou
3 Simple Steps for Solving Mixture Problems
Struggling to understand your algebra assignments? Breaking problems down into manageable steps can make them much easier to handle. Here, Tucson teacher Blake C. shares his simple, 3-step process for solving mixture problems with ease:   A source of endless confusion for many algebra students is the dreaded mixture problem. These are the problems that ask you things like, if you mix 10lbs of peanuts costing $1.50 per pound with cashews costing $2.50 per pound, how many pounds of cashew
16 Unexpected Things International Students Face
Here on the TakeLessons Blog, we've explored the best cities to visit in Spain, taken a foodie tour of Korea, and even learned about fun festivals like Germany's Oktoberfest. But what about the unique experiences international exchange students have when they come here to the US? You might be surprised to hear the things that baffle everyone else. Curious? We were too, so when we came across an article over on the StudentUniverse blog sharing these revelations from an international exc

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