SOUTH KOREA’S MOST TREASURED DRINKING CULTURE

SOUTH KOREA’S MOST TREASURED DRINKING CULTURE

This post is contributed by www.10mag.com. It’s a website where you can find guides for the best places to go or lists on the most interesting foods to eat in South Korea. It provides insight into what life is like there for locals and expats alike! South Korea has a long dated history, through the passing of the years, some of its oldest traditions are still being passed to younger generations. One of them is their drinking culture. South Koreans are one…

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Immersing yourself in the Japanese language

Immersing yourself in the Japanese language

This post is contributed by Matt. He has a blog which has a mixture of Japanese related content, such as; living in Japan for a few months, Japanese events in the UK, and tips on learning Japanese.  Japan and Japanese culture have always been a huge interest to Matt, so the aim of his blog is to share his love of Japan with others, as he is keen to help other people discover how wonderful Japan and its culture are. One of the…

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Why the “Hardest” Language is Actually the Easiest

Why the “Hardest” Language is Actually the Easiest

Whenever I tell people that I’m learning two languages they seem to think it is something incredible. The comments I get when I tell them the languages are Mandarin Chinese and Arabic are even more complimentary. People seem to think that these languages are the most difficult languages in the world and if I were to somehow try to learn both at the same time, I must be some type of genius. Let’s stop right there. I am by no…

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Six Tips to Learning Japanese—and Sticking to It

Six Tips to Learning Japanese—and Sticking to It

This post is contributed by Valera. She lives in Pennsylvania and loves learning and teaching languages! Her blog, lerara-english.tumblr.com, is for English learners and ESL enthusiasts.  (Image Source: https://i.imgsafe.org/d8b1861379.jpg)   So you’ve decided to learn Japanese! Whether you’re in it for friendship, travel, business, or just straight-up otaku goodness, the promising adventure teems with fun—and challenges. The intimidating alphabetic system, the “backward” grammar, the culture shock, among other things, often slap beginners with such intensity that many drop out before the…

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22 Colombian Spanish Words You Should Know

22 Colombian Spanish Words You Should Know

This post is contributed by Rodney. He is an avid traveler who enjoys sharing his language learning experiences and love of the Spanish language through blogging. Check out his blog –  My Spanish Notes. A lot of people say Colombian Spanish is the “best Spanish in the world”.  Well, I don’t know about all of that, but I will say based on my experiences in Colombia and talking to Colombianos in general, the people from Medellín and Bogotá speak pretty clearly and are relatively…

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和喵星人有关的成语和表达

和喵星人有关的成语和表达

小猫咪们通过它们萌萌的照片和视频入侵互联网之前,就已经出现在英语口语中的各种成语与表达里了。 1、Curiosity killed the cat 好奇害死猫 这句话是英国的一句谚语,旨在警告不必要的调查或实验带来的危险,警戒人们不要过分好奇,否则会给自己带来伤害。对于“好奇害死猫”的一个不常见的答辩是“但满足了就没事(but, satisfaction brought it back)”。 这个谚语原来的形式,现已较少使用,是“Care killed the cat”。在本句中,“care”被当作“烦恼(worry)”或“悲伤(sorrow)” 例句:I can tell that he really needed that information, for a reason that I really didn’t want to know but you know what they say… curiosity killed the cat. 2、Like a cat on a hot tin roof 热锅上的蚂蚁 Tin roof 指的是铁皮屋顶,这个比喻性短语生动地描绘出一个场景,用来表达非常激动或焦虑。在英式英语中还有一个变体,即 like a cat on hot bricks。该短语当然也因为普利策获奖作品田纳西•威廉斯的剧作Cat on a Hot Tin Roof(《热铁皮屋顶上的猫》)而广为流传。 例句:The jury has been out since Wednesday, so he has been like a…

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Let’s talk sports: the Olympics and the popularity of sports in Japan

Let’s talk sports: the Olympics and the popularity of sports in Japan

This post is contributed by Chikako. Chikako is a language tutor at LinguaLift, an online language school teaching Japanese. We, Japanese people, always get very excited before the Olympic events. Personally, I think the way we approach the games can hardly be compared to anywhere else in the world! But, I’m Japanese, so I might be biased 😉   In Japan the Olympics are more popular than other sports events, such as the World Cup. During the games all TV programs are…

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A Common Japanese Intonation Myth

A Common Japanese Intonation Myth

This post is contributed by Dogen, an American Youtuber who writes and performs comedic skits in Japanese. Below is an excerpt from Dogen’s Japanese Phonetics, an upcoming video series Dogen hopes to become the internet’s definitive guide for Japanese pronunciation and intonation (pitch-accent). According to Dogen, the series will be announced in the near future on his Youtube channel. We hope you enjoy this article; if it’s helpful let us know and we’ll try and get Dogen back in the future!…

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开学啦!最全军训双语指南!

开学啦!最全军训双语指南!

本文作者:双语君 本文来源:中国日报网双语新闻(chinadaily_mobile) 文章已获授权 正值开学季,双语君看着校园里白白嫩嫩的小鲜肉,再看看日渐憔悴的自己,内心是这样的:   不过转念一想,等过些天军训完,你们的白嫩也就变成了↓↓↓ 别……别……别抓狂,双语君只是跟你们开了个玩笑,毕竟出于心疼,我给你们准备好了↓↓ 1.军训必备神器 你以为带个人就可以去军训了?? 因为一般情况下,军训都是在这样的环境下进行的↓↓请跟我念下面的英文:  所以,你需要: 可是如果只擦脸的话,就别怪下面的画面太美了↓↓ 除了备好防晒霜,好的鞋垫(insole)[‘ɪnsəʊl] 也是必不可少的。 因为如果教官心情好,他可能让你站半个小时军姿(standing posture training)(当然如果他心情不好的话就→→更久了): 关于“鞋垫”,有前辈在网上支招说: As military training is coming, I’d like to give you fellow students a technical tip: Use sanitary pads as insoles/shoe inserts. It’s said that they have first-rate sweat absorption qualities and what’s more, they alleviate the original insoles’ weakness of being too hard… Truly necessities for military training. (ChinaSmack) 军训即将来临,我想给同学们一点小技巧:用卫生巾做鞋垫。据说卫生巾吸汗能力一流。除此之外,它们还能减轻原来的鞋垫过硬所带来的痛苦…实在是军训的必需品。 还有,别忘了带点润喉糖↓↓ 因为→→你要拉歌,你要唱无数遍《我是一个兵》、《团结就是力量》…… 而且,即使你吼得声嘶力竭,你的教官还是会告诉你:你们的声音怎么跟蚊子一样大!! 其他的物品如花露水(anti-itch lotion/cream)、风油精(essential balm)、创可贴(band-aid),本双语君就不在这里啰嗦啦。   2 军训必备装扮 在军训开始之前,有些学校会要求男生们把头发都剪成平头(crew cut): 女生们则有时被要求扎成马尾辫(ponytail)或剪成齐肩发(shoulder-length hair;to-the-shoulders…

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When You Don’t Have Time to Study, Stop Studying

When You Don’t Have Time to Study, Stop Studying

It’s always a wonderful thing when you find time in your day to do all the things you want to do. Unfortunately, so many people today are completely overwhelmed with things in their life that they always seem to run out of time. We always tell ourselves that we will dedicate an hour, two hours, 30 minutes, etc., everyday to studying a language, but do you find yourself struggling to meet those amounts from time to time? Do you miss…

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