Foreign Languages

Learning French Manners and Culture

October 18, 2017

In this full lecture you will explore French manners and culture, and use a beginner’s understanding to build on simple phrases in French. Then reflect on several “word families” that will help you build your vocabulary and make connections across the language. Along the way, you’ll also pick up a few common verb forms, adjectives, and adverbs. […]

Beginner Japanese language learner writing Hello word in Japanese kanji characters
Communication

The Japanese Language: Context Is Everything

February 14, 2017

Japanese language is highly contextual. It’s hard to know how to say something in Japanese unless you know the details of the social context. And that reflects a long-standing Japanese concern with order, with hierarchy, and with consensus. […]