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5 Things You Didn't Know About the Japanese Language

5 Things You Didn't Know About the Japanese Language

Learning Japanese can be fun, and it can also be useful for traveling or job hunting. No matter how old you are, picking up a new language is easier than you think, even a language like Japanese. Here are five things you didn't know about the Japanese language. 1. Japanese Phonetics Are Easy to Learn Japanese words are relatively easy to pronounce since there are only 46 different sounds.  Learning to make these sounds is simple and easy to remember with practice. Once you have maste … Read More

5 Things You Didn't Know About the Japanese Language
Learning Japanese can be fun, and it can also be useful for traveling or job hunting. No matter how old you are, picking up a new language is easier than you think, even a language like Japanese. Here are five things you didn't know about the Japanese language. 1. Japanese Phonetics Are Easy to Learn Japanese words are relatively easy to pronounce since there are only 46 different sounds.  Learning to make these sounds is simple and easy to remember with practice. Once you have maste
Japanese History: 13 Festivals, Celebrations, and Traditions
You can enrich your Japanese-learning experience by also learning about Japanese history and culture. Japan is a country that's rich in history and traditions. It was first established as a united state around 300 AD, although people had resided on the cluster of islands since 10,000 BC. Over time, Japan has adopted numerous holidays and festivals. Some of these traditions were borrowed from other cultures, but Japanese people made these holidays distinctly Japanese. Here are a few of
Your Complete Guide to Japanese Sake
Want to learn more about Japanese culture as you take Japanese lessons? Then you should explore different types of Japanese cuisine and Japanese beverages (if you are of age). Sake is a popular Japanese beverage, and luckily, if you're unable to travel to Japan, you can enjoy certain types of sake in the United States...  So next time you head out to eat sushi, you'll be able to order and enjoy sake like a pro. Here's everything you need to know about Japanese sake. What is Sake? Althou
French Grammar Rules: Distinguishing Between Imparfait and Passé Composé
French grammar guru Carol Beth L. is back on the blog with this guide to the passé composé, the imparfait, and when you should use each of them... If you've been studying French grammar long enough, you may know that French has two different forms of the past tense: the passé composé (composed past) and the imparfait (imperfect). It is sometimes difficult for those who have just learned them to distinguish between situations that require the passé composé and situations that warrant the i
35 Spanish Slang Words and Phrases You Should Know
Curious about slang words in Spanish to add to your vocabulary? Check out tutor Emmanuel N.'s list here -- and also learn how they differ by country!   Every language and every country has its own usage of slang. In fact, if we’re being specific, each generation invents new slang words or will reuse words from decades ago. When trying to learn Spanish “by the book,” you may find yourself in somewhat of an awkward situation when trying to communicate with Spanish speakers in rel

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