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Back-to-School Vocabulary: 10 School Supplies in Japanese

Back-to-School Vocabulary: 10 School Supplies in Japanese

Ready to go back to school? As you and your family prepare for the upcoming school year, continue your Japanese lessons and learn back-to-school vocabulary with language teacher Carol Beth L...  As the school year starts, it's time brush up on your vocabulary to talk about school supplies! Here are some Japanese vocabulary words that may prove useful as you head back to class. 1) Empitsu - Pencil Hiragana: ???? Kanji: ?? Because you'll definitely need a pencil when you go back to schoo … Read More

Back-to-School Vocabulary: 10 School Supplies in Japanese
Ready to go back to school? As you and your family prepare for the upcoming school year, continue your Japanese lessons and learn back-to-school vocabulary with language teacher Carol Beth L...  As the school year starts, it's time brush up on your vocabulary to talk about school supplies! Here are some Japanese vocabulary words that may prove useful as you head back to class. 1) Empitsu - Pencil Hiragana: ???? Kanji: ?? Because you'll definitely need a pencil when you go back to schoo
10 Tricky Spanish Tongue Twisters to Try Today!
This article offers some fun Spanish tough tongue twisters to help you improve your pronunciation.  Tongue twisters (or trabalenguas) are found in many languages, and they can be very amusing for children and adults alike. But did you know that tongue twisters can also help improve your pronunciation as you're learning to speak in Spanish? Since tongue twisters each have a certain pattern, they can help you practice your oral skills by honing in on one certain sound (and sometimes two or thr
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
7 Top-Rated Apps to Learn Italian Like a Pro
  If you’re looking to pick up some basic Italian or advance to the next level of fluency, there are many useful apps that can help you achieve this goal! The flexibility and convenience of downloading an app on the go makes learning fun and affordable.   It’s important to keep in mind though that apps shouldn’t be your sole method of learning a language. No technology can beat the personalized instruction and guidance of an experienced language teacher. (Apps aren’t a substitute
3 Rules to Remember When You Speak Japanese
Japanese can be difficult to learn -- there's no doubt about that. Having quick references to remind yourself of the rules is immensely helpful as you begin to learn the language. Here, Japanese teacher Kaoru N. shows you three rules that make conversations in Japanese all the easier... Speaking Japanese is very different from learning Japanese in a textbook or classroom. When you learn to speak Japanese in a classroom, you will learn grammar rules and the polite, formal version of the la

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