What do to when you’ve hit the wall. Top 5 tips for RE Motivation in Language Learning

1) Watch a movie in your target language. Some of the time its hard to see why memorizing endless streams of vocabulary words is necessary. Some of the time you need an a-ha moment to remind you why you’re learning language in the first place. When you watch a movie in your target language after studying and absorbing vocabulary, you might be surprised to find … Continue reading What do to when you’ve hit the wall. Top 5 tips for RE Motivation in Language Learning

Japanese that the Japanese Don’t Know – Nihonjin no shiranai nihongo – 日本人の知らない日本語

Many people want to learn Japanese by watching Anime or J-Dramas, but one of the big problems that most run into with this method of learning is that they can’t find a J-Drama that is appropriate to their level. Enter Nihonjin no shiranai nihongo – 日本人の知らない日本語 or “Japanese that the Japanese Don’t Know” This show is designed to help you learn Japanese and gives a lot … Continue reading Japanese that the Japanese Don’t Know – Nihonjin no shiranai nihongo – 日本人の知らない日本語

Guest Post – TOP 10 TRANSLATIONS TO KEEP IN MIND: BOGOTA, COLOMBIA

TOP 10 TRANSLATIONS TO KEEP IN MIND: BOGOTA, COLOMBIA Language spoken: Spanish English speakers: Some 1. What shame!; “¡Que pena!” Literally, “What shame!”, this is a common expression heard in Colombia that can be used for “I’m sorry” or “I’m embarrassed” or “Excuse me” or “How could I?” or “Oops” or, you know, anything in that general direction. It might seem a bit dramatic to … Continue reading Guest Post – TOP 10 TRANSLATIONS TO KEEP IN MIND: BOGOTA, COLOMBIA

How to talk about life events in Mandarin Chinese!

How to talk about Life Events in Mandarin. Life is marked by several milestones, in this post we’re going to talk about major life events and how to talk about major life events in Mandarin Chinese. Click here for Cheap Chinese Lessons! $7.00 / week! 出生 – Chu Sheng – To be born.  You can use this to describe where you were born or when you were … Continue reading How to talk about life events in Mandarin Chinese!

Japanese Airsoft Vocabulary – サバイバルゲーム

Airsoft – in Japan, is referred to as サバイバルゲーム or Sa Ba I Ba Ru gamu – Sabage for Short.  It is kind of like paintball, only it can be done without ruining the carpet. Here are some pictures from our last game:     Click here for more Japanese Lessons! Throughout the course of playing with Japanese people, I quickly realized that I should probably learn some Airsoft … Continue reading Japanese Airsoft Vocabulary – サバイバルゲーム

Po Fu Chen Zhou – 破釜沉舟 – Chinese Idiom

破釜沉舟 – po4 fu3 chen2 zhou1 Click here for more Chinese Lessons! The Chinese Idiom Po Fu Chen Zhou, 破釜沉舟, originates from a story about a chinese general who ordered his troops to destroy their encampment and sink their ships as a means to motivate them to fight for survival. It means literally, to cut off all avenues of retreat. It can be used to … Continue reading Po Fu Chen Zhou – 破釜沉舟 – Chinese Idiom

How to Say Thank You and You’re Welcome in Mandarin

Ah yes, the basic phrases everyone needs, in Chinese, they’re super simple. More Lessons! Let’s get started…. Thank You – xie4 xie4 (She ay, she ay / shay shay – but fast.) To say thank you its a very simple phrase, you can say xie4 xie4, and add ni3 for emphasis (literally thank you), if you want to be reeeeeally greatful and add emphasis, you … Continue reading How to Say Thank You and You’re Welcome in Mandarin

HOW TO INTRODUCE YOURSELF FORMALLY IN CANTONESE

There are several ways of greeting people in Cantonese in casual situations, but here you will learn how to give a quick self introduction suitable for more formal occasions like a job interview or meeting the in-laws. Click here to get more Cantonese lessons! 你好 - Nei5 ho2 Falling/Rising Tone x 2 First, say the Cantonese word for hello. Like Mandarin, it also means “you … Continue reading HOW TO INTRODUCE YOURSELF FORMALLY IN CANTONESE