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Italian Grammar: Exploring Cognates and False Cognates

Italian Grammar: Exploring Cognates and False Cognates

Italian grammar can be a tough thing for beginners to master. Below, Italian teacher Giulio G. gives a brief lesson in recognizing Italian cognates and false cognates... Although English and Italian belong to two different language families, they have lexis similarities. In fact, it is estimated that around 30 percent of the English vocabulary comes from Romance and Latin sources. It's for this exact reason why it is possible to find many cognates--or words that sound or are spelled th … Read More

Italian Grammar: Exploring Cognates and False Cognates
Italian grammar can be a tough thing for beginners to master. Below, Italian teacher Giulio G. gives a brief lesson in recognizing Italian cognates and false cognates... Although English and Italian belong to two different language families, they have lexis similarities. In fact, it is estimated that around 30 percent of the English vocabulary comes from Romance and Latin sources. It's for this exact reason why it is possible to find many cognates--or words that sound or are spelled th
French Grammar Rules: Reflexive Verbs
Need to brush up on French reflexive verbs ? In this lesson, French tutor Carol Beth  teaches how to conjugate French reflexive verbs in the present and past tenses... French (and many other romance languages) include a category of verbs, called reflexive verbs, that are treated a little differently than in English. Indeed, we have the same concept in English. We might say that we wash our face, we dress ourselves, and so on. That is, we are taking action towards ourselves. In French,
French Verbs of Motion: Conjugating the Past Tense with Être
There's always more to learn about French verbs! Tutor Carol Beth shares an important difference you need to know about certain verbs in the passé composé... So perhaps you are beginning to have a handle on some of the basic verbal forms in French – le present, le futur, imparfait, and passé composé for most verbs. For the passé composé, however, if you only know how to form it with avoir as the auxiliary verb (le verbe auxiliaire), watch out! When expressing certain actions in the pas
French Grammar Rules: Your Guide to Verb Tenses
French verbs throwing you for a loop? French tutor Carol Beth L. breaks down the differences between the most common verb tenses you'll study in French class... French verbs can be a difficult aspect of learning French for many students – but it doesn't have to be. If you can mentally organize what kinds of verbs are out there and when to use them, learning French grammar will be much easier to do. Here are the most common tenses studied in typical French grammar classes:  
How to Improve Your Spanish in 30 Minutes a Day
Whether you love science fiction, romance, or adventure, using non-academic books to learn Spanish is a fun way to improve your speaking skills! Learn more in this guest post from Honolulu tutor Jinan B...   Reading books in Spanish is an inexpensive, portable, and convenient way to improve your Spanish skills. In this article I'll review the many ways reading books in Spanish will help you learn the language so that you can begin using this effective and enjoyable tool of reading the

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