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15 Fun-to-Say Japanese Onomatopoeias (With Audio)

15 Fun-to-Say Japanese Onomatopoeias (With Audio)

What Are Japanese Onomatopoeias? An onomatopoeia is a word where meaning is derived from a sound, or when a word sounds like how it looks. In English, we have onomatopoeias like "cock-a-doodle-doo" for the sound a rooster makes, or "crunch" for the act of crushing things. Onomatopoeias are quite common in many, if not all languages. We tend to notice them most in comics as sound effects: zippers "zip" and light switches "click." They're fun to say and they certainly aren't hard to learn. … Read More

15 Fun-to-Say Japanese Onomatopoeias (With Audio)
What Are Japanese Onomatopoeias? An onomatopoeia is a word where meaning is derived from a sound, or when a word sounds like how it looks. In English, we have onomatopoeias like "cock-a-doodle-doo" for the sound a rooster makes, or "crunch" for the act of crushing things. Onomatopoeias are quite common in many, if not all languages. We tend to notice them most in comics as sound effects: zippers "zip" and light switches "click." They're fun to say and they certainly aren't hard to learn.
The Korean Future Tense Part 2: Definite Future
As you learn Korean, you will come across different ways to describe future events. To make things easier, we've divided the future tense in Korean into a few different parts. Here, Minneapolis, MN Korean teacher Bryce J. explains how to describe future events in Korean... Now that you've learned how to describe the probable future, or events that may occur, let's move on to another aspect of Korean grammar, the definite future. The definite future tense, or polite present tense, is us
5 Most Common German Pronunciation Mistakes
Are you having trouble with your German pronunciation? Below, German teacher Tyler S. shares the five most common German pronunciation mistakes and how to avoid them... Learning how to speak proper German can be difficult. Don’t be discouraged, however, if you feel stuck and can’t figure out how to pronounce certain sounds. After all, it’s hard to articulate sounds when they don’t exist in your native language. In this article, I will walk you through the top five most common German
5 Fun Ways for Families to Learn Spanish Together
Families: looking for creative ways to practice Spanish together now that summer is here? Read on as Sacramento tutor Allison H. shares a few of her fun ideas...   Summer is here, the warm temperatures and sunshine tempting us outside to pools, concerts, and neighborhood barbecues. With so many fun things to do, it’s hard to buckle down and learn Spanish outside your daily activities. But one of the keys to learning a language is practice, practice, and more practice. Whether y
Bonne Fête des Mères! French Vocabulary for Mother's Day
Here in the states, we celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May (psst that's May 10 this year!), but did you know that in France Mother's Day, known as la fête des mères, is celebrated either the last Sunday of May or the first Sunday in June? Despite the difference in timing, the French celebrate Mother's Day in many of the same ways we do, but with a few uniquely French touches. First things first, if you want to celebrate this holiday as the French do, you'll need to know a bit o

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