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7 Easy Tricks for Memorizing Spanish Vocabulary

7 Easy Tricks for Memorizing Spanish Vocabulary

At times, learning Spanish can feel overwhelming, with so many new words to take in after every lesson and new Spanish vocabulary appearing in every text or video you encounter. The problem is that new words often fail to stay in your memory on their own accord — you need to utilize special tips and tricks. Here are a few of our favorites: 1. Return to Your List of New Words Often The first time you learn a word is called initial contact, and you cannot expect to remember vocabulary after just … Read More

7 Easy Tricks for Memorizing Spanish Vocabulary
At times, learning Spanish can feel overwhelming, with so many new words to take in after every lesson and new Spanish vocabulary appearing in every text or video you encounter. The problem is that new words often fail to stay in your memory on their own accord — you need to utilize special tips and tricks. Here are a few of our favorites: 1. Return to Your List of New Words Often The first time you learn a word is called initial contact, and you cannot expect to remember vocabulary after just
10 Important Differences Between Spanish & Portuguese
The 2016 Summer Olympics are coming up in August, and this year Rio de Janerio, Brazil hosts the games. For language-learners everywhere, it's a great time to explore Portuguese, their official language! And if you're already learning Spanish, you're at an advantage. There are a lot of similarities between the two languages -- in fact, there's even a name for speaking a mixture of the languages to help speakers of different backgrounds communicate (Portuñal or Portunhol, in Spanish and Po
Learning French Verbs: When to Use Connaitre and Savoir
Connaitre and savoir: two French verbs that mean almost the same thing, and often trip up beginning students. If the difference isn't clear to you, or you just need a refresher, French tutor Carol Beth L. is here to explain it all... You know the moon is made of green cheese (or not). You know the Bermuda Triangle is a fluke (or not?). You know your presidents backwards and forwards. You know your favorite movie forwards and backwards. You know your best friend like the palm of your hand – or
Top Places to Visit in Spain (+ 10 Faux Pas To Avoid)
Want to avoid looking like a tourist during your trip to Spain? In this post, you'll first learn about some of the top destinations in Spain... then, tutor Emmanuel M. explains what NOT to do while you're there!   Spain is known as a beautiful, romantic, and overall wonderful place to visit. Tourists across the world visit Spain to explore the local sights, food, and traditions. You'll find that the people of Spain tend to be laid-back, good-natured, and cheerful -- and there are
French Grammar Rules: Passé Composé for Regular Verbs
Ready to try your hand at speaking about past events in French? Tutor Carol Beth L. shares the grammar you'll need to know... So perhaps you know now how to conjugate French verbs in the present tense. You can talk about things that are happening now. But what about what happened yesterday, last week, or last year? The basic past tense in French, also known as the passé composé, is used to talk about events in the past. It is aptly named because it is composed (composé) of two parts: the a

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