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A Hands-On Lesson: Using "te" metaphorically in Japanese

Get a hand-le on your language studies! JCMU Japanese language instructor Ayumi Nagatomi, along with some help from Dr. Seiichi Makino and Professor Mayumi Oka, would like to introduce you the metaphorical uses for the word 手 (hand). 315 more words

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Vocabulary Thresholds

How many vocab words do you need to know to “know” a language?

The answer is different for every language, and the answer is different depending on how you define “know” and “word.” 640 more words


Making the most of online language exchange

The internet can be a great tool to advance your language learning progress. I’ve seen my fluency and confidence sky rocket through real life interactions with native speakers online. 534 more words

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So many teach-yourself sites out there

Rosetta Stone.  Pimsleur.  Duolingo.  LingQ.  FluentU.  FutureLearn.  Which one works?  Which one is worth paying for?

The best answer, of course, is all/none of the above; no language-learning site or book can actually teach you everything you need to know about a language to go beyond the basic novice level.    211 more words

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Hello, world!

This blog is starting out as a way for me to document my Italian language-learning journey.  I’m a language teacher and a semi-trained linguist (I have an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from an Applied Linguistics department.  483 more words

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How to get over shyness when speaking a foreign language

If you’re someone who cringes at the thought of speaking your new language in front of other people (especially native speakers) – have a look at my top 5 tips on how to boost your confidence! 542 more words

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Online language learning: my top sites

I’ve been enjoying the world of online language learning for over a year, and have provided you all with a quick snapshot of which sites have helped me in my language learning journey. 459 more words

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