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C'est la Fête Nationale: French Vocabulary for Bastille Day

C'est la Fête Nationale: French Vocabulary for Bastille Day

Perhaps you've heard of Bastille Day, the French national holiday in July. Tutor Annie A. shares history and vocabulary to help you observe this holiday like the French do... The History of Bastille Day Bastille Day, or le quatorze juillet as they say in France, commemorates the storming of Bastille on July 14, 1789 by the French masses. The Bastille was a fortified prison where political prisoners were usually kept - some even without the formality of a trial. There were seven pris … Read More

C'est la Fête Nationale: French Vocabulary for Bastille Day
Perhaps you've heard of Bastille Day, the French national holiday in July. Tutor Annie A. shares history and vocabulary to help you observe this holiday like the French do... The History of Bastille Day Bastille Day, or le quatorze juillet as they say in France, commemorates the storming of Bastille on July 14, 1789 by the French masses. The Bastille was a fortified prison where political prisoners were usually kept - some even without the formality of a trial. There were seven pris
How to NOT Look and Act Like an American Tourist in Germany
Are you planning a trip to Germany? One of the keys to staying safe and not getting sucked into tourist traps is to blend in with the culture. In other words, when in Germany, do as the Germans do. Most American tourists don’t realize that there are certain things they wear that make them stick out like a sore thumb. A large backpack or fanny pack, for example, screams tourist. But it’s not just what American tourists wear, it’s also what they say and do. Certain gestures or greetings,
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
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
Get Ready to Roll: The Complete Guide to Sushi
There's no better way to learn Japanese than exploring the culture and sampling some of the signature dishes! Sushi is one of the most popular Japanese foods, not only in Japan, but also worldwide. Sushi has a long history in Asia, and the traditional Japanese cuisine is vastly different from the sushi you find in America, which brings us to etiquette. Learn proper dining manners, whether you’re a longtime sushi fan or just discovering this delicacy. Sushi History Sushi as we know it to

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