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How Long Does it Take to Learn Japanese? A Timeline for Beginners

How Long Does it Take to Learn Japanese? A Timeline for Beginners

Want to know how long it takes to learn Japanese? Here, Japanese teacher Taro T. breaks down the time it takes to gain fluency in Japanese... How long does it take to learn how to speak Japanese? This answer can vary based on your objective, your learning style, and your study method. Learning a new language is a journey. I'm from Japan, and I learned English and Spanish when I came to the United States. I live in Washington, DC and people are often surprised that I can speak Spanish. Peo … Read More

How Long Does it Take to Learn Japanese? A Timeline for Beginners
Want to know how long it takes to learn Japanese? Here, Japanese teacher Taro T. breaks down the time it takes to gain fluency in Japanese... How long does it take to learn how to speak Japanese? This answer can vary based on your objective, your learning style, and your study method. Learning a new language is a journey. I'm from Japan, and I learned English and Spanish when I came to the United States. I live in Washington, DC and people are often surprised that I can speak Spanish. Peo
5 More Fantastic Korean Books for Language Students
Learning a new language is a rewarding and enriching experience. Unfortunately, for some, it can also be intimidating. The Korean language is full of complex sounds, grammar rules, and confusing sentence structures. For native English speakers, Korean can be hard to digest. With a qualified Korean teacher, and supplemental materials like Korean textbooks, however, a dedicated student can learn and master the Korean language. The right tools can help you get off to a great start when yo
Moving to France: Honest Advice From Expats Living in France
  Congratulations, you’ve finally made the decision to move to France. Now comes the hard part, getting you and your stuff there. If you thought making the decision the leave your friends and family was hard, you’ve got another thing coming. Moving to France—or any foreign country for that matter—isn’t easy. After all, you’re moving to a country where you don’t speak the language and you’re mostly unfamiliar with the customs and culture. Lucky for you, we’ve interviewed seve
Japanese Grammar Rules: How to Conjugate Verbs in the Present Tense
When you're learning Japanese, it's important to understand how to conjugate verbs. Here are some great tips from Ann Arbor, MI teacher Elaina R. to help you understand Japanese verb conjugation.... Now that you're familiar with Japanese kana (if you're not, check out this article) and a few essential phrases, you're ready to learn about Japanese verb conjugation. In this article we will cover the basics—just the infinitive and present (formal and informal) forms. These concepts may seem
French Grammar Rules: Passé Composé for Regular Verbs
Ready to try your hand at speaking about past events in French? Tutor Carol Beth L. shares the grammar you'll need to know... So perhaps you know now how to conjugate French verbs in the present tense. You can talk about things that are happening now. But what about what happened yesterday, last week, or last year? The basic past tense in French, also known as the passé composé, is used to talk about events in the past. It is aptly named because it is composed (composé) of two parts: the a

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