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Making Sense of "Bikago"

If you’re learning Japanese, you’ve no doubt come across the honorific “o” and “go” prefixes attached to certain words. But how, exactly, are they used – or are there any hard rules governing their usage at all? 823 more words

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LEARNING TIP 2.0: LOOK FOR TWO T’S

Most people who start learning a foreign language need help. And although in today’s world that help may take many forms, traditional methods still prove to be the most effective. 291 more words

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One month check-in: Moving from novice to intermediate

I started this project a little over a month ago (February 4th).  It’s now March 9th (33 days in, to be exact), and I’d like to take stock of what I can do at this point. 828 more words

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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, would like to introduce to you metaphorical uses for the word 手 (hand), exploring a new dictionary written by Dr. 352 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

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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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