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Japanese Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Hiragana

Japanese Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Hiragana

With three different writing systems, learning Japanese can be confusing for beginners. It's much easier to break the systems down, and focus on one at a time. Here, Japanese teacher Kaoru N. shares his tips to help you learn hiragana...  There are three types of letters in the Japanese language: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Hiragana and katakana are based on sounds and pronunciation. In kanji, each character has its own meaning. Hiragana characters are the most fundamental and basic chara … Read More

Japanese Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Hiragana
With three different writing systems, learning Japanese can be confusing for beginners. It's much easier to break the systems down, and focus on one at a time. Here, Japanese teacher Kaoru N. shares his tips to help you learn hiragana...  There are three types of letters in the Japanese language: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Hiragana and katakana are based on sounds and pronunciation. In kanji, each character has its own meaning. Hiragana characters are the most fundamental and basic chara
10 Reasons Why You Should Learn to Speak Italian [Infographic]
Are you considering learning a new language, but you’re not sure which one to choose? For many people, the hardest step in learning a foreign language is actually choosing which language to learn. We’ll make it easy for you—choose Italian! Italian is a romance language spoken by over 60 million people around the world. Not only is it a relatively easy and fun language to learn, but it’s also one of the most beneficial languages to study. Don’t believe us? Check out these 10 awesome reas
Birds, Bees, and More French Vocabulary You Need for Spring
C'est le printemps! The sun is finally coming out, and Willy M. is here to share the French vocabulary you need to know for spring! What on earth could be lovelier than Paris in the spring? After a long cold winter, everyone is ready to get out and enjoy the warm weather. Here are ten French vocabulary words that will get your spring off to a good start. Not only will you get ten new vocab words, but I am also going to give you some tips to help you memorize them, and to put them into practic
25 MORE Spanish Writing Prompts for Beginners
A while back, Spanish tutor Joan B. shared a list of easy writing prompts for practicing Spanish. Readers loved these, so we're back with even MORE Spanish writing prompts to try!    Writing in Spanish is not only an essential skill on its own; practicing writing will also improve your vocabulary, increase your understanding of grammar concepts, and enhance your communication skills both in written and spoken forms. The following are 25 Spanish writing prompts that will stimula
La Famiglia: Useful Italian Phrases and Words for Family
Family plays a big role in the Italian culture. Below, Italian teacher Nadia B. shares some useful Italian phrases and words for describing family. Italians are all about la famiglia or family. In fact, it’s common for family members to gather for weekly dinners and multiple family members to live under the same roof or neighborhood. As you continue to learn the Italian language and culture, you’ll start to understand the importance of family. And soon you’ll be asked to describe your

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