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Japanese Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Romaji

Japanese Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Romaji

When learning Japanese you're introduced to several writing systems, including hiragana, katakana, kanji, and finally - romaji. Romaji simply means "Roman characters." You will typically use romaji when you type out Japanese sentences using a keyboard. "Romaji is the representation of Japanese sounds using the western, 26-letter alphabet," says Donald Ash, creator of TheJapanGuy.com. "Romaji puts Japanese into a format that most Westerners can read and understand." Although romaji i … Read More

Japanese Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Romaji
When learning Japanese you're introduced to several writing systems, including hiragana, katakana, kanji, and finally - romaji. Romaji simply means "Roman characters." You will typically use romaji when you type out Japanese sentences using a keyboard. "Romaji is the representation of Japanese sounds using the western, 26-letter alphabet," says Donald Ash, creator of TheJapanGuy.com. "Romaji puts Japanese into a format that most Westerners can read and understand." Although romaji i
Part V: Conjugating Future & Conditional Tenses in Spanish
What do you know about future and conditional tense? Spanish learners should know how to conjugate these tenses so you can talk about upcoming events! Spanish tutor Jason N. teaches you here...   Conjugation is one of the most fundamental parts of learning Spanish. As we get to this last post on conjugation, you will already have a nice base for patterns and formulas. This post is the grand finale, part V of my series about conjugating verbs in Spanish. By now, you have come a
10+ Fun Italian Grammar and Vocabulary Games for Kids
Learning Italian grammar and vocabulary can be difficult for kids. Below, Italian teacher Nadia B. shares some games parents and teachers can play to help engage kids in learning Italian... For kids, learning Italian can be a great adventure, filled with exciting new discoveries. As your child explores the joy of learning Italian, you can aid him or her by playing fun Italian grammar and vocabulary games. These games are chock-full of fun activities so that learning Italian can become less p
15 Funny French Phrases That'll Make You Giggle
  The French language has some pretty hilarious words and phrases. Here are 15 funny French phrases that natives commonly use in conversation. While the French did indeed produce some of the greatest writers, natives don't necessarily speak like the characters in novels. If you’re traveling to France or learning how to speak French, don’t look surprised when you hear some funny French phrases below. 15 Funny French Phrases That'll Make You Giggle 1. “Ah, la vache!” Translation: Oh,
How Much Are Japanese Lessons: Investing in Your Education
There are many benefits to learning a new language, but learning any new skill comes with a cost. People often ask "how much do Japanese lessons cost?" Here is a monetary breakdown from language tutor Carol Beth L... Learning a new language – or any new skill – can be expensive. Expenses will vary, however, from language to language and area to area. Japanese is reputed to be one of the most expensive and time-consuming languages to learn, since it's so different from most other languages wor

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