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Same Words in Spanish and Italian

Probably you have heard that Spanish and Italian are quite similar languages. It’s true that they are both Romance languages, which means they are derived from Latin. There are tons of similar vocabulary between...

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4 Reasons Why Kanji is Easier than English Words

Do you think Japanese Kanji(漢字) is too complicated and hard to memorise?  It’s true that there are uncountable Kanjis and each Kanji has multiple pronunciations, but there are also numerous English vocabulary.  In fact,...

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Simple Word in Other Languages Can Mean Different

Probably you know that we cannot translate everything to other languages. There are many untranslatable words in each languages. However, do you know that even translatable words may not have exactly the same meaning...

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How to Call “I” and “You” in Japanese?

Probably you learned that “I = わたし(watashi), you = あなた(anata)”. It’s correct, but not always appropriate. It’s because not only Japanese often omit the subject, but also personal pronouns are not used as often...

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The Complete Guide of Adjectives in English

What is an adjective? Adjectives, which is one of the parts of speech, are words that used to describe nouns or pronouns. Adjectives give information about opinion, size, shape, age, color, origin, material, or...

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Demonstrative Pronouns in Chinese

這 [这] (zhè) and 那 (nà), which are literally translated as this and that respectively, are demonstrative pronouns in Chinese. In general, we use demonstrative pronouns + 是 (shì) and followed by nouns to point...

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Simple Future Tense in English

What is simple future tense? Simple future tense is used to indicate things or actions that have not happened yet. As long as the time of the actions takes place later than now, they...

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The Complete Guide to Time in English

Knowing how to tell the time in the correct way will make you look like a native when you are visiting an English-speaking country. Recommended background: The Complete Guide of Numbers in English. Let’s...

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Simple Past Tense in English

What is simple past tense? Simple past tense is a verb tense that indicates a completed action that happened in the past. The past is all the past, it can happen in yesterday, one...

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Three Ways to Express Plural Nouns in Chinese

Unlike English which adds ‘s/-es’ or Indonesian which reduplicate the nouns, Chinese does not modify the nouns to express plural nouns in Chinese. So, how do Chinese turn a noun from singular into a...

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Using Noun Quantifiers in English

There are a lot of words that we can use to express quantity in English, such as much, many, a lot of, plenty of, a little, a few, some, any, etc. In general, the...

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The Complete Guide to Verb TO BE in Japanese

です (desu), which is a polite speech marker, works like the present affirmative version of the copula in Japanese. It has the closest meaning of the verb ‘to be’ or the dummy subject ‘it...

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Dummy Subject: Existence in English

One of the characteristics of English complete sentences is the requirement of a subject. However, if the subject is not available in the sentence, ‘there is, there are and it is’ are used to...

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Demonstrative Pronouns and Adjectives in English

Demonstrative words – this, that, these, those – are words that show which person or thing is being referred to. There are two types of demonstratives: demonstrative pronouns and demonstrative adjectives. Basically, demonstrative pronouns...

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How to Express Future Tense in Chinese

In the previous lesson, we have covered how to construct past tense and present tense sentences in Chinese. In this lesson, let’s learn how to express future tense in Chinese!   Adverb of Time...

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How to Express Present Tense in Chinese

As stated in the previous lesson, there is no verb conjugation in Chinese. In short, 吃 (chī) will always remain as 吃 (chī) regardless of when you eat. On this lesson, let’s learn how...