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Celebrate German-Style: Ultimate List of German Holidays and Festivals

Celebrate German-Style: Ultimate List of German Holidays and Festivals

While Germans are known to be quite reserved, they love to celebrate and take pride in their holiday traditions. Like many countries, Germans have their own set of unique traditions, from placing clean shoes in front of the door on St. Nicholas Day to chicken dances at Oktoberfest. If you’re planning on traveling to Germany, you might want to brush up on these traditions and customs. This guide is intended to help you learn everything there is to know about Germany’s major holidays and festiv … Read More

Celebrate German-Style: Ultimate List of German Holidays and Festivals
While Germans are known to be quite reserved, they love to celebrate and take pride in their holiday traditions. Like many countries, Germans have their own set of unique traditions, from placing clean shoes in front of the door on St. Nicholas Day to chicken dances at Oktoberfest. If you’re planning on traveling to Germany, you might want to brush up on these traditions and customs. This guide is intended to help you learn everything there is to know about Germany’s major holidays and festiv
10 Essential Korean Phrases You Should Know
Whether you're studying Korean for academic reasons or to prepare for an upcoming trip, there are a few key Korean phrases that can help you communicate and find your way around. Formal and Informal Phrases The following Korean phrases are a mix of formal and informal. Unlike Western languages that conjugate verbs based on the subject (such as I, you, he/she/it, we, and they), Eastern languages conjugate verbs based on formal and informal speech. You use informal speech with people you
French Pronunciation Guide: Best Tips for Mastering French Vowels
French vowel sounds got you feeling tongue-tied? Tutor Tyler S. shares his best tips to proper French pronunciation... Everyone faces their own personal challenges when learning a foreign language, and I remember that mastering the French vowel system was a great challenge for me. French pronunciation uses approximately 15 vowels, and it uses sounds that English doesn’t include. There are extensive books dedicated to describing these vowels, but you don’t need to be an expert to use French vo
4 More Terrific Japanese Websites to Bookmark Now
At first, learning Japanese may seem intimidating. The characters, also known as Kanji, can be difficult to memorize. Because it's not as common to learn Japanese as opposed to Spanish or French, there are fewer online resources available. Luckily, we've done the work for you and rounded up the best Japanese websites to help you learn! 1) JapanesePod101 This is an ongoing podcast that releases new lessons every few days. Most of the lessons are audio only, however, the site does have some
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

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