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5 Famous Japanese Songs (and What They Really Mean)

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 … Read More

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
2 Simple Rules to Help You Pronounce Spanish Words
Learning a new language can be tough -- especially if you're trying to speak the language, but you're not sure how to pronounce certain words! Here, Atlanta, GA tutor Sean U. shares a few tips to remember for pronouncing Spanish words...    During my travels through Central and South America a lot of people have asked me which language is easier to learn, English or Spanish. I always answer saying that English grammar is simpler than Spanish grammar, but it's easier to learn pronu
Learn French Online: 5 YouTube Videos to Get You Started
These days it seems like guides to almost anything are available for free online, and learning French is no exception. While these videos are no substitute for taking French classes or studying with a French tutor, practicing with these videos is a great way to study! Absolute Beginner French (Pronunciation) from KDO Learning Let's start at the beginning (which is a very good place to start), which is of course with the ABCs. This video takes you through the French alphabet, first by givin
French Pronunciation Guide: When to Pronounce the Letter T
French pronunciation is full of little tricks that trip beginners up. Tutor Annie A. shares her tips for pronouncing the letter T... Try reading the following French words aloud: tarte, partons, portions, democratie, septieme, mangeaient, amitie, and vert. Do you pronounce all the T's in the same way? Do you pronounce them at all? There are no simple answers, and you will run into many questions about the letter T as you practice proper French pronunciation. There are many different rules
3 Tips on How to Perfect Your German Writing Skills
  It’s common for beginner students to be intimidated when learning how to write in German. From complex grammar to unfamiliar punctuation, there’s a wide variety of rules you must keep in mind. Nonetheless, it’s important that you master German writing skills if you wish to be successful in the long run. When tasked with writing in German, your first instinct might be to write a sentence in English and then translate it into German using an online resource. Doing so, however, will

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