Some tips and strategies for tackling the challenge of learning Japanese, based on my own experience.
Adverbs are confusing to both native and native speakers of English alike—once mastered, one can really harness the full beauty of the language.
This hub serves to teach french students about french pollution including french vocabulary, phrases and the english translations of the french.
Index finger slides across the brow. Palm is set open palm on the chest, then slides out and the fingers close. Open fingers slide back and forth in front of the chest. B hand twists back and forth. Index finger slides down the chin. B...
Language can be defined as a form of communication that allows intercourse between multiple people, is arbitrary (in words individually), generative (in word placement), and constantly evolving.
So, I hear you want to learn French. Well, come on and embark on the beautiful journey of learning French. This lesson, we will be covering the very basics of French grammar and vocabulary. Enjoy!
Free, ready-made German essays to use straight away. In this article, learn how to write about your best friend in German.
English idioms or idiomatic expressions come in many different forms. There are about 25,000 idioms in English. Many of these idioms, unfortunately, sound and look strange to most ESL students.
Do you want to surprise someone special with romantic Romanian phrases? Many of those who want to learn to speak Romanian are doing this because they are in love with a Romanian.
Why Filipinos blessed to the elderly is a unique Filipino gesture called mano and is just one of many. Filipinos also used titles and honorifics in addressing relatives and strangers to convey respect. Lolo and lola, mang and aleng are just few examples of Filipino titles used.
The Naughty Grammarian instructs on the finer points of English usage, points either never learned or long ago forgotten. This lesson is about when to use, "I" vs. "me" and "who" vs. "whom."
Common prefixes with detailed explanations to help you understand longer, more complicated English words.
This article explores 75 easy-to-learn phrases in Russian. It provides an introduction to the Cyrillic "alphabet," as well as introductory lesson in pronunciation.
Chinese culture is full of symbolisms derived from amalgamations of Chinese characters or from Chinese folklore. Here are 9 Chinese Symbols for wealth, luck, and other blessings you are likely to come across during your China vacation.
At some point in your life ... you did know the difference. ThePioneerWoman.com Let me begin this hub by stating a fact ... I am not an english major or an expert on the language. Let me also state another fact ... you don't have to be an expert to...
The evolving English language over several centuries is fascinating as 1,000 new words added annually. If you are an older adult, millenials and teenagers use several words and abbreviations you may not be familiar with, but they are discussed in this article.
Learning French is easy if you know where to find the right sources and the best teachers. There are many websites offering outstanding learning material but there are also many e-learning companies that provide French lessons with a native French teacher.
While learning Spanish is fun, there's not always an opportunity to do so outside the classroom. Here's a collection of various online websites and apps that would be useful no matter what's your level of expertise on the language.
A new series of essays to support you with your German homework. This article covers the popular topic of writing about your daily routine.
Reasons students should consider majoring in Spanish including what you can do with a Spanish major and how you can leverage your degree in your future career after graduation.
A guide on how to say "Me/I" in Japanese, going through all the standard and universally accepted ways.
A new series of essays to support you with your German homework at school. They are based upon my experience working at schools in the UK. Part 2 covers the popular topic of writing about your hobby.
Japanese phrases that are used everyday and will help fill in those gaps in conversation and build fluency. All phrases shown have audio examples added for pronunciation.
The naughty grammarian instructs on the finer points of English usage, points either never learned or long ago forgotten. This lesson is about the confusion between the verbs "lie" and "lay."
If you know the most common verbs in Spanish, then you're a long way to understanding the language. Here are 100 of the most common verbs with some different expressions of usage.
Most of us have heard of Esperanto, an attempt to create a universal language; but Volapük, or Solresol?
Throughout history, the English have shamelessly stolen words from other languages as diverse as Arabic and Norwegian.
When you begin to learn another language, you can really improve your listening and speaking skills by watching telenovelas. The following series are great for Spanish practice.
The French language has something known as a 'conjugation system'. This means that in order for you to say "I eat" (je mange) and "you eat" (tu manges) you have to change the verb ending of the verb that you used (manger = to eat). In this case, it...
Modern foreign teaching methods are easier to understand and develop if you are well acquainted with the foreign teaching methods used in the past (most of them are still used today in some form and integrated into new teachings).
Even if your employer has reassured you that they'll help you with the transition abroad, they'll likely fall short at times. Here are words to listen for, look for, and be able to say in case of any problems while in Japan.
Choosing to learn Arabic is a big commitment, but what kind of Arabic you choose to learn is equally important. Explore some of the most common dialects in the Arab World to help you make your decision.
When wanting to talk about playing an instrument or sport, there's a way of going about doing so. I hope this helps clear things up and helps you along the wonderful journey of learning French!
This tutorial explains how to say goodbye in Italian and when to use the word depending on the situation.
Struggling with writing a formal letter in Spanish? Here's some help with two sample letters proofread by native speakers of Spanish.
A step by step detailed guide on how to introduce yourself in Japanese using a Jikoshoukai. Audio clip included with lots of example sentences.
There are actually a number of ways Happy Birthday can be said in Japanese. The easiest way would be to use the Japanese phonetic alphabet which is called Katakana
A comprehensive listing of schools offering ASL classes in the Detroit, Michigan area, including interpreter training and other degree programs.
Writing about your school in German is very easy with the help of this article. Learn how to write about the positives and negatives of your school in splendid German!
A compendium, collection, and chrestomathy of words you will likely never use. How can you resist a sales pitch like that?
Different example texts in German of about 200 words you can use straight away and for free. With English translations to help you understand, and some handy vocabulary lists to save you some time!
Spanish Lesson Fifty-Five:Doing Math in Spanish is for Spanish learners who wish to use mathematics terms in Spanish. Take a look for more!
Everyone has tried to learn a language at some point in their lives. Some were more successful than others and some gave up without getting very far. In this article I will show you how to learn a language to fluency in a short period of time and for free.
Spanish Lesson Thirty: Writing About Yourself. This lesson concentrates on writing a paragraph describing what kind of person you are, where you're from, where you've been, and what you want to become when you grow older. It's useful for everyone! Take a look...
Delight in knowing what a word means, even or especially a foreign one? Want to broaden your understanding? Then read this article to learn some useful foreign words and phrases.
Spanish Lesson Seventy-One: Hacerse, Ponerse, Volverse. Learn the differences of each of these verbs and how they can mean "to become" in the Spanish language.
If love is the universal language and "I love you" is the most important thing to say, how will you tell the world how you feel? Here are more than 165 ways to say "I love you" in different languages.
Gĩkũyũ is written with seven vowels. Two of the additional vowels are i-tilde (ĩ) and u-tilde (ũ). These are: a (low /central), e (ɛ Mid-low/Front), i (high/front), ĩ (e Mid-high/Front), o (ɔ Mid-low /Back), u (High/Back), ũ (o Mid-high/Back). Kikuyu and Italian seem to share the same vowels - /a/, /e/, /ɛ/, /i/, /o/, /ɔ/, /u/
It was in 4th millennium BC that the writing system appeared for the first time in the Indus River Valley civilization in India, but it disappeared in 3rd millennium B.C and reappeared in 500 BC.
Using apps to help you learn Japanese keeps your motivation up and helps you learn more quickly. Use this list to grab the best Japanese language apps for iPhone and Android.
Begin by holding out your non-dominant hand out in a fist. Then use your dominant hand to clamp down on the wrist of the non-dominant hand. Begin by signing 'red' which is made by sliding the index finger down your chin. Next the four fingers are...
With self-confidence, motivation to communicate, and constant practice, people can become successful in learning a second language. This hub suggests ten characteristics of the good language learner.
Based on my research of reports written by teachers of language-less people in the deaf community, they have cognitive abilities despite their lack of language.
Are you feeling a little peaked? Or maybe you are piqued or peeked? Or should it be pekid or peakèd? Would like to take a peak or peek or peep? Is that smell piquant, picante, or pungent?
We have the playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan to thank for giving us a word that describes the use of a wrong word in place of another with a similar sound.
Idioms or idiomatic expressions have such deep meanings that they often cause confusion among learners of English as a Second Language or ESL. Here are some examples of school-related idioms.
Simple, free German essays, ready to use straight away. Based upon my experience working at schools in the UK, this article covers the popular topic of writing about your house.
There are a number of good reasons for studying and learning a foreign language. Better communication with and knowledge of different cultures are important reasons for becoming multilingual.
This tutorial explains how to say hello in Italian and when to use the word depending on the situation.
Esperanto is a language invented by Dr. L.L. Zamenhof in the late 1800s. It is an artificial language as opposed to natural human languages whose vocabulary and grammars developed randomly over time through custom and usage, rather than a plan....
250 frequently used Japanese words and phrases for Anime lovers who are learning the Japanese language. This epic list includes slangs and dialect variations.
This article details the famous last words of 20 writers, artists, politicians, musicians and businessmen. Some of the last words included are those of Steve Jobs, John Adams, Kurt Cobain and Marie Antoinette.
When do you use "I" or "me"? If you've ever met "Jimmy," you'll be begging to use personal pronouns just so you won't have to hear Jimmy talk about himself in the third person all the time. But before you gang up on Jimmy, find out when you're supposed to use "I" or "me" in a given statement.
It's easy to get complacent with your mid-level Japanese - but you can improve by leaps and bounds without getting bored if you change up your learning methods.
In case you thought Chinese had no Curse words. I say, "you have to know what to listen for." Here we have a list of all the most common Chinese Curse Words, Chinese Insults, Chinese Swear Words, et
Even if you're just a beginner, there is some Spanish literature you can tackle at your level. Read on to find out 5 easy reads in Spanish for learners.
Everyone reads Regency era novels for the sex and violence, but the slang isn't so bad either! Let's bring back some of the classics, eh wot?
Types of Filipino verbs in their different tenses categorized as MAG verbs, UM verbs, I verbs and MA verbs with explanations on how to conjugate these types of Filipino/Tagalog verbs.
English teacher and author J. J. Murray examines, defines, deciphers, and illuminates 100 English words and phrases that have plagued writers for centuries—a must-read and ready reference for writers (and students) of all ages.
Mrs. Twitches explains the rules for using WHICH and THAT. You might find yourself scratching your head at her rhymes and uncommon explanations for which and that and their respective clauses. But, you'll also find out if she gets hitched with Mr. Glitches.
An ostensibly principally cultural organization, the Organisation Internationale de la francophonie is an excellent example of the politics of culture.
Recognizing languages spoken in East Asia and Southeast Asia is a very difficult task. This hub suggests some tips in recognizing important languages spoken in East Asia and Southeast Asia.
One thing that sets humans apart from all other animals is our ability to gain language. Language is such a complex topic and often debated, especially whether it has come from nature or nurture.
The distribution of Wolof and French in written form in Dakar helps one understand the dynamics of the two languages in Senegal.
I've read about the supposed difficulty of many languages. Some I don't know at all (like Chinese or Arabic, which I'd imagine are difficult), but I did have the opportunity to learn one of the hardest, and supposedly the most grammatically-complex...
My hub is all about Basic Kuwaiti Arabic words and phrases that I learnt in Kuwait when I worked there years ago and I am going to translate them in English. It was easier to learn the spoken Arabic language first by learning the Arabic words and phrases then use them in sentences later.
Within the French language, there is really only one true irregular verb ending in -er! That verb is 'aller' - to go. It has its own unique set of endings for the different tenses. All the other -ER verbs have slight variations of the standard...
There are many ways to expand your vocabulary. They can be easy to do and incorporate into your daily life.
While idioms provide color to language, did you ever wonder: "Why do we say that?" Read what common idioms mean and where they came from.
Learn how to count from 1 to 100 in American Sign Language. Images, video and written instructions are provided.
In part 8 of my free German essays we look at how to describe a healthy lifestyle in a German, which is also part of the National Curriculum for schools.
Latin verbs typically have four principal parts. This article will explain each of these and how they're used.
What is the best way to become perfectly fluent in a foreign language? Many recommend complete and total immersion, but others are concerned about reducing anxiety in students and providing only a positive experience. However, in order to become a fluent speaker, one has to internalize the language and change one's thinking, something that very few people want to do.
I don't know about you, but I'm completely obsessed with finding out where words come from. The study of word origin is known as 'etymology.'
It's amazing how many of our common sayings of today come straight out of the Bible. They don't always have the same meaning, sometimes they do.
Deep amid 80-some perfectly legitimate albeit odd-sounding words nestles some fake words we just manufactured here at the facility. Test your mettle. Ferret the fakes while you learn a few new words.
Let me be honest, learning a new language isn't easy, far from it. But, luckily for you, not all languages are equally difficult. Here is a list of the 5 easiest languages for English speakers.
What is the difference between a simile and a metaphor? A simile is actually a type of metaphor. This article explains the similarities and differences between metaphors and similes.
If you're starting work as an ALT or other type of English teacher, you'll want to brush up on your Japanese. While your dispatch company or supervisor will help with the language barrier, knowing some basic words will make things go more smoothly.
Idioms or idiomatic expressions are one of the toughest English topics to master for many learners of English as a Second Language or ESL. They are quite complicated. Most of the time, the individual meanings of the words that make them up do...
The meaning of ba, pala, nga, naman and more explained with examples along with more Filipino or Tagalog words with no English translations.
Index finger points starting at the ear and ending at the mouth or vice versa. Index finger is held sideways in front of the mouth and does a circular motion. Index finger points inward at the chest. Open palm faces the chest. Index finger...
The US Department of State is providing scholarships to study 13 languages which they deem crucial to US national security and economic competitiveness. The list is rather odd, I think.
It is an unfortunate tendency for English-speaking North Americans to lack knowledge of foreign languages. Here I outline quantifiable justification for a more cosmopolitan North American outlook
An overview of the history and use of Korean Sign Language, with an introduction to some basic, everyday signs.
Have you ever wondered what's going to become of the English language now that we have BFF's and LOL's running rampant in text? Maybe it's a good thing...maybe not.
The Luo of Kenya and Tanzania are a Nilotic speaking people whose main occupation was fishing, coupled with some farming and animal husbandry. Let us learn together the basics of their language.
An explanation of the Japanese verb conjugation system, highlighting its clever relationship with the kana system.
Do you know how to use the word "myself?" Incorrect use of "myself" will not be tolerated...by me, myself or I!
For the majority of learners, the subjunctive is the most difficult aspect of Spanish grammar to master. Here is a comprehensive guide of the Spanish subjunctive that will aid your studies.
Sometimes there are no words in the English language for our feelings. But we can turn to another language for the exact word we need.
Free, ready-made German essays to use straight away. In this article, learn how to write about your town in German.
English, as we know it, has been in use from about the 1400's. However, much of it vocabulary derives from a much older form of the language. This article traces the ways in which we still use Old English today.