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Japanese Mythology: 5 Ancient Myths and Legends

Japanese Mythology: 5 Ancient Myths and Legends

When you're taking Japanese lessons, it's fun and exciting to learn about various aspects of Japanese history and culture. Japanese mythology consists of stories derived from old folk beliefs and the Shinto and Buddhist religions. Japan’s mythology is made up of a huge number of tales, but here are five well-known Japanese myths and legends which will teach you about Japan, and teach you some important life lessons. *Note: You will be introduced to many of the gods from Japanese mythol … Read More

Japanese Mythology: 5 Ancient Myths and Legends
When you're taking Japanese lessons, it's fun and exciting to learn about various aspects of Japanese history and culture. Japanese mythology consists of stories derived from old folk beliefs and the Shinto and Buddhist religions. Japan’s mythology is made up of a huge number of tales, but here are five well-known Japanese myths and legends which will teach you about Japan, and teach you some important life lessons. *Note: You will be introduced to many of the gods from Japanese mythol
10 Common Italian Stereotypes That Are Actually True
The words pasta, expressive, and romantic are often used to describe Italians. But do these words truly depict them? Below, native Italian and language teacher Nadia B. breaks down the 10 most common Italian stereotypes that are actually true... Italy, the land of contemporary fashion, historical art and...men who adore their mothers, hand-gesturing enthusiasts, and gatherings about Dante? Actually, yes. While most Italian stereotypes are inaccurate--for example, all Italians are not mobs
How to Use Apps to Supplement Your Spanish Lessons
It's nice to have a little help when learning a new language. But what if help were available at the push of a button? Good news -- it is! In this article, Spanish teacher Joan B. discusses how to find and use the best Spanish learning app for you...   Spanish lessons are a great way to build a strong foundation so you can speak, write, and understand Spanish fluently. A large part of your success during lessons is what you do in between them. Reinforcing and practicing the concep
It's All in the Past: Conjugating Past Tense Japanese Verbs
Want to learn to describe past events in Japanese? Here, Ann Arbor, MI teacher Elaina R. shares some helpful hints to conjugate past tense Japanese verbs... Unfortunately, past tense verbs are not as easy to conjugate as present tense and future tense Japanese verbs. Past tense Japanese verbs are still surprisingly simple to conjugate, however, compared with verbs in many European languages. By breaking down the different verb endings and learning some memorization tips, you can give y
5 Must-Read Japanese Manga Books
When you're learning Japanese, reading Japanese manga comics may help you build your vocabulary and comprehension skills. Aside from that, though, you should read Japanese manga comics because they're fun and entertaining! Modern Japanese manga originated in Japan in the mid 1900s. The word manga literally refers to comics and cartoons. You can find manga in many genres like romance, sports, comedy, and science fiction. Manga can be sequential with many volumes in a series, or it can b

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