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The Best Way to Learn Japanese: 11 Proven Study Methods That Work

The Best Way to Learn Japanese: 11 Proven Study Methods That Work

If you're taking Japanese lessons, you probably want to know how to study smarter, not harder. Maximize your learning with these study tips from language teacher Elaina R... Japan has a lot to offer: great food, interesting culture, and wonderful sightseeing. As a result, lots of English speakers want to learn Japanese. Unfortunately, Japanese isn't always easy to learn. Not only are there new phonetics and grammar; the written language consists of thousands of intricate characters. So … Read More

The Best Way to Learn Japanese: 11 Proven Study Methods That Work
If you're taking Japanese lessons, you probably want to know how to study smarter, not harder. Maximize your learning with these study tips from language teacher Elaina R... Japan has a lot to offer: great food, interesting culture, and wonderful sightseeing. As a result, lots of English speakers want to learn Japanese. Unfortunately, Japanese isn't always easy to learn. Not only are there new phonetics and grammar; the written language consists of thousands of intricate characters. So
Help! What to Do if You Get Nervous When Speaking Spanish
Do you get nervous when you have to speak Spanish, even if you've taken months -- or years -- of classes or lessons? You're not alone. Read on as Spanish tutor Emmanuel N. shares his tips for battling your nerves and becoming more confident...   When it comes to speaking a language, there are two ways of being good at it – the more scholastic way (reading, writing, and speaking all 'by the book') and the more layman’s way (mostly conversation-centered, using the common vernacular of a
5 Most Common Italian Pronunciation Mistakes
Do you want to speak like an Italian native? Below, Italian teacher Giulio G. shares the five most common Italian pronunciation mistakes and how to avoid them... Italian is a relatively phonetic language, which means that almost each grapheme corresponds to a singular phoneme. In other words, the Italian language is spoken as it is written. Thanks to this characteristic of the language, it is easy to learn proper Italian pronunciation just by knowing the alphabet. However, there are st
13 Must-Know Japanese Expressions for Travelers
Whether you're studying the language or planning a trip to Japan, it's important to know some basic Japanese phrases. Learn these useful Japanese expressions with language teacher Andrew P... So, you're planning  a trip to Japan, or Nihon as the locals say. Hopefully you'll be traveling with someone who is fairly fluent in Japanese (Nihongo) because most Japanese people (Nihonjin) speak very little English. If you're traveling alone, however, there's no need to worry. Here are 13 basic
Top 4 German Grammar Rules, Tips and Tricks
When you're learning a new language, grammar is often the most difficult part to master. This is because you have to learn complex rules that are completely different than your native language. Below, German teacher Jonathan B. shares some tips and tricks on how to master German grammar... German grammar will throw most non-native speakers for a loop. Below are my top tips and tricks that I've learned from years of German schooling, traveling, and hosting German travelers. I'll start with

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