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29 Survival Tips for Studying in Japan (From Language and Travel Experts)

29 Survival Tips for Studying in Japan (From Language and Travel Experts)

Whether you're traveling to Japan for fun or to study the language, it's important to prepare for your time away from home. It's natural to experience some culture shock any time you travel to a new place, but proper preparation can make the difference between an uncomfortable trip and a life-changing experience. So whether you're traveling with a language or exchange program, with a small group, or flying solo, here are 29 tips from language and travel experts to help you have an unforge … Read More

29 Survival Tips for Studying in Japan (From Language and Travel Experts)
Whether you're traveling to Japan for fun or to study the language, it's important to prepare for your time away from home. It's natural to experience some culture shock any time you travel to a new place, but proper preparation can make the difference between an uncomfortable trip and a life-changing experience. So whether you're traveling with a language or exchange program, with a small group, or flying solo, here are 29 tips from language and travel experts to help you have an unforge
Face-Off: Google Translate vs. Human Spanish Translator
We rely on technology now more than ever, but when is it best to let a real-life human do the work? Check out the nifty infographic below from Verbal Ink to see what happens when Google Translate (Spanish to English) goes head-to-head with a professional translator in two rounds of a translation showdown. Are they worthy opponents, or will a clear front-runner claim the prize? It seems as though humans can still triumph over machine when it comes to language... at least for now! Hav
Top 10 German Culture Faux Pas to Avoid When Traveling
Are you planning a trip to Germany? Like every country, Germany has its own set of unique customs. Something that you’re used to doing in America might be considered rude in Germany. To avoid coming off as an ugly American or bumbling tourist, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the German culture. Lucky for you, we’ve enlisted several German travel bloggers to help round up the top 10 German culture faux pas to avoid when traveling. 1. Take it easy on the drinking “One of the be
The Ultimate Guide to Japanese Martial Arts
There's no better way to learn Japanese than exploring important aspects of the culture. Martial arts play a significant role in both Japanese history and Japanese culture. So whether you're taking Japanese lessons or you're interested in learning martial arts, here is your guide to the most popular Japanese fighting styles. Sumo Sumo is Japan’s national sport. The rules are simple: each rikishi (wrestler) tries to push his opponent out of the elevated, clay dohyo (ring). A sumo m
5 Fun Italian Games for Learning Numbers
Can you count to 10, 20, or 30 in Italian? Below, Italian teacher Nadia B. shares some fun Italian games that will help students learn numbers... Learning numbers in Italian is as simple as uno, due, tre. From referencing amounts to sharing phone numbers, learning the Italian numbers will serve you well. Play the following Italian games with your instructor or friends to help you learn and memorize the numbers--and before you know it, you'll be using numbers with ease! 1. Bingo An ol

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