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Japanese History: 13 Festivals, Celebrations, and Traditions

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 … Read More

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
Italian Words and Phrases for the Summer [Slideshow]
Are you traveling to Italy this summer or simply want to brush up on your Italian vocabulary? Below, Italian teacher Nadia B. shares some useful Italian words and phrases for the summer... It's summertime, which means it's time for some fun in the sun. In addition to your sunblock and hat, don't forget to bring along these helpful Italian words and phrases for the summer (or, in Italian, l'estate). In doing so, you can continue to enrich your Italian studies, while also having some fun. It
25 Creative Writing Prompts to Practice Spanish
Want to perfect your Spanish and put your knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure to practice? Try these 25 Spanish writing prompts that tutor Joan B recommends...   To improve your Spanish, it’s important to apply the concepts you’re learning directly in practice. Writing is an especially helpful way to do this, since you can develop and practice specific grammatical structures, and then ask for feedback from a native speaker, your tutor, or a teacher. The Spa
Italian Pronunciation: Tips on How to (Almost) Speak Like a Native
  Mastering Italian pronunciation is often the hardest thing about learning Italian. Don't get discouraged if you're having a hard time pronouncing words and phrases as it takes time and a lot of practice to get it right. Below, Italian teacher Delilah B. provides some tips on how to speak like a native Italian... A lot of students ask me what is the best and easiest way to pronounce Italian words. While Italian pronunciation can be difficult for beginners, it's actually quite easy to pi
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

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