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French Pronunciation Guide: Avoid These Common Mistakes!

French Pronunciation Guide: Avoid These Common Mistakes!

Many French students struggle with their pronunciation at first. Try these practical tips from opera voice teacher Elaina R. to get the right sounds out... French is beautiful. Almost muttered, flowing from vowel to vowel, French has earned a reputation as the "language d’amour." Why is it, then, that everyone in your French class sounds so utterly unromantic? Put succinctly, it’s because English and French have very different phonetic rules. Lots of letters are pronounced completely diffe … Read More

French Pronunciation Guide: Avoid These Common Mistakes!
Many French students struggle with their pronunciation at first. Try these practical tips from opera voice teacher Elaina R. to get the right sounds out... French is beautiful. Almost muttered, flowing from vowel to vowel, French has earned a reputation as the "language d’amour." Why is it, then, that everyone in your French class sounds so utterly unromantic? Put succinctly, it’s because English and French have very different phonetic rules. Lots of letters are pronounced completely diffe
Everything You Need to Know About Japanese Honorifics
When you're learning to speak Japanese, you will come across some suffixes used to address people called honorifics. While these may seem confusing at first, they aren't that difficult to learn. Here, Ann Arbor, MI teacher Elaina R. breaks down Japanese honorifics for beginners...  Japanese honorifics aren’t as scary as they seem. Think of them like the English title prefixes (Miss, Sir, Dr., etc.). Japanese honorifics are simply a collection of suffixes that get tacked on to the end of n
This Fun Activity Helps Your Child Learn Languages
Did you know that participating in performing arts can help your child learn a new language? In this article, Mariella Gambardella from eSpectacularKids.com shows you how theater and language-learning go hand in hand...   When I moved to Spain with my family, neither my husband nor I spoke a word of Spanish. Our one-year-old daughter had not been exposed to the language yet either. Having lived in a few countries before, though, we were very aware of the importance of learning the
Plan The Trip of a Lifetime: 6 Must-Read Korea Travel Blogs
If you're studying Korean for an upcoming trip, then you need to know more than just basic vocabulary and sentence structure. In order to have a fun, safe trip, you need to plan ahead. Luckily, there are several resourceful Korea travel blogs that will help you prepare in advance for your trip to Korea. If a trip to Korea is on your bucket list, here are five must-read Korea travel blogs you should check out now. 1. Discovering Korea The Korea Tourism Organization named  Discovering Korea
Tips for Learning English in the U.S. | A Glimpse Through the Eyes of a Recent Immigrant
For immigrants new to the U.S., the challenge of learning a second language can be tough. With so many options available, what's the best way to learn English? Read on as San Jose, CA tutor Gina C. shares her tips... I recently interviewed Francy M., who arrived from Columbia seven months ago. Francy started studying English in her home country in high school, but only a little; now, she knows she needs to learn to speak and understand English if she hopes to work in the U.S., so she made tha

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