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German Vocabulary Words and Phrases for Sports [Slideshow]

German Vocabulary Words and Phrases for Sports [Slideshow]

Are you a big sports fan? Below, German teacher Tyler S. teaches a lesson in German sports culture and common German vocabulary words and phrases for sports... If you take a trip to Germany, you’ll quickly learn how important sports are to most people. Germany is full of sport enthusiasts from die-hard soccer fans to the occasional handball player. In fact, the German Embassy recently released a report stating 27 million Germans are members of a sports club and 12 million pursue sports … Read More

German Vocabulary Words and Phrases for Sports [Slideshow]
Are you a big sports fan? Below, German teacher Tyler S. teaches a lesson in German sports culture and common German vocabulary words and phrases for sports... If you take a trip to Germany, you’ll quickly learn how important sports are to most people. Germany is full of sport enthusiasts from die-hard soccer fans to the occasional handball player. In fact, the German Embassy recently released a report stating 27 million Germans are members of a sports club and 12 million pursue sports
Japanese Grammar Rules: How to Conjugate Verbs in the Present Tense
When you're learning Japanese, it's important to understand how to conjugate verbs. Here are some great tips from Ann Arbor, MI teacher Elaina R. to help you understand Japanese verb conjugation.... Now that you're familiar with Japanese kana (if you're not, check out this article) and a few essential phrases, you're ready to learn about Japanese verb conjugation. In this article we will cover the basics—just the infinitive and present (formal and informal) forms. These concepts may seem
The Best Way to Learn the Japanese Alphabet
Want to know the best way to learn the Japanese alphabet? You've come to the right place! Here, you'll find some of the most effective tips and tricks to help you master the fundamentals of the Japanese language. In the United States, we learn our "ABCs." But in Japan, children learn their ?????s. Even though Japanese can seem difficult to read and write, learning the basic Japanese alphabet isn't as hard as you think! The Japanese Alphabet & Writing Systems Written Japanese has two
How Many Spanish Speakers Are in Your State?
Spanish is quickly becoming a prominent language in the US -- in fact, it's estimated that there are now more than 54 million Spanish language speakers throughout the country, accounting for almost 20% of the entire US population! These stats alone are a compelling reason to learn Spanish as a second language. But it's also interesting to look at how the language has grown over the years. The infographic below, put together by Day Translations (with data from the US census, Pew Research Cente
It's All in the Past: Conjugating Past Tense Japanese Verbs
Want to learn to describe past events in Japanese? Here, Ann Arbor, MI teacher Elaina R. shares some helpful hints to conjugate past tense Japanese verbs... Unfortunately, past tense verbs are not as easy to conjugate as present tense and future tense Japanese verbs. Past tense Japanese verbs are still surprisingly simple to conjugate, however, compared with verbs in many European languages. By breaking down the different verb endings and learning some memorization tips, you can give y

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