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[Infographic] American vs. French Culture: 8 Things Every Traveler Should Know

[Infographic] American vs. French Culture: 8 Things Every Traveler Should Know

Are you planning a trip to the U.S. or France? Though only a plane ride away, these countries are extremely different. From dining to fashion to going to the bathroom, it's important that you learn the cultural differences before you go abroad. After all, you don't want to offend anyone on your trip by making a silly mistake, such as not greeting someone properly or forgetting your manners. Check out the infographic below highlighting the difference between French culture and American … Read More

[Infographic] American vs. French Culture: 8 Things Every Traveler Should Know
Are you planning a trip to the U.S. or France? Though only a plane ride away, these countries are extremely different. From dining to fashion to going to the bathroom, it's important that you learn the cultural differences before you go abroad. After all, you don't want to offend anyone on your trip by making a silly mistake, such as not greeting someone properly or forgetting your manners. Check out the infographic below highlighting the difference between French culture and American
Japanese Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Romaji
When you are learning Japanese you will be introduced to the writing systems hiragana, katakana, and kanji. You may also encounter a fourth writing system called romaji. Here, Japanese teacher Kaoru N. explains what you need to know about romaji...  Romaji simply means "Roman characters." Japanese people use the letters to write other languages based on the alphabet, and also to write Japanese syllables. You will typically use romaji when you type Japanese sentences with a computer keyboa
The Best Way to Learn the Japanese Alphabet
Want to know the best way to learn the Japanese alphabet? Here, language teacher Elaina R. offers some effective tips and tricks to help you learn the fundamentals of the Japanese language... In the United States, we learn our ABCs. In Japan, children learn their ?????s. Even though Japanese can be difficult to read and write, learning the basic Japanese alphabet isn't as hard as you think. The Japanese Writing System Written Japanese has two components: kana and kanji. Kana is easier t
Spanish Vocabulary: When to Use Usted vs. Tú
Every language has its own intricacies that take time and practice to really nail down. Here, Spanish tutor Jason N. clears up the distinction between the formal and informal use of the word 'you' in Spanish...   Usted vs. Tú: What's the Difference? Tú in Spanish is ‘you’ in English -- but what about usted? In English, there's not a great translation for usted. So what exactly does it mean? In English, when we want to convey respect to someone, we use formal and polite language,
5 Famous Japanese Songs (and What They Really Mean)
When you're taking Japanese lessons, it's also fun to learn a little bit about Japan's culture and history. Music is a big part of that, and listening to Japanese songs is also a great way to expand your Japanese vocabulary. Japan’s culture blends past and present into a fusion of traditional and modern. This is evident in the music scene, which includes a vast array of artists who perform genres ranging from J-Pop (Japanese pop) to J-Punk. Many Japanese artists also continue to embrace tradi

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