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Spanish Vocabulary: Intro to Spanish Prepositions

Spanish Vocabulary: Intro to Spanish Prepositions

It's tough learning a new language, but have no fear -- an easy lesson is here! Here, Spanish tutor Jason N. shows you how to use prepositions to connect words together and create simple sentences... A Look at Prepositions in Spanish Luckily, prepositions are pretty straightforward when it comes to learning to speak Spanish. Prepositions in Spanish are not too different from ones in English. Just like in English, prepositions connect words together and often focus on direction, place, or t … Read More

Spanish Vocabulary: Intro to Spanish Prepositions
It's tough learning a new language, but have no fear -- an easy lesson is here! Here, Spanish tutor Jason N. shows you how to use prepositions to connect words together and create simple sentences... A Look at Prepositions in Spanish Luckily, prepositions are pretty straightforward when it comes to learning to speak Spanish. Prepositions in Spanish are not too different from ones in English. Just like in English, prepositions connect words together and often focus on direction, place, or t
Japanese Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Romaji
When you are learning Japanese you will be introduced to the writing systems hiragana, katakana, and kanji. You may also encounter a fourth writing system called romaji. Here, Japanese teacher Kaoru N. explains what you need to know about romaji...  Romaji simply means "Roman characters." Japanese people use the letters to write other languages based on the alphabet, and also to write Japanese syllables. You will typically use romaji when you type Japanese sentences with a computer keyboa
4 Fun, Easy Ways to Practice Speaking Japanese
Looking for more ways to practice speaking Japanese? Whether you're an intermediate Japanese student or you just started taking Japanese lessons, these tips from Brighton, MA teacher Kaoru N. will boost your confidence in your Japanese conversation skills... Real-life language skills are often very different from the skills you learn from a textbook or in a classroom. Think about your own language, you didn’t just learn in class; you engaged in conversations and used your language in real
4 Proven Ways to Practice Your French Listening Skills
As you learn to speak French, you also need to learn how to listen in a new way so you can understand this beautiful language. French tutor Annie A. shares four proven ways to improve your French listening skills... Understanding French can be quite a challenge, even if you can read the written language with comparative ease. To many English speaking students, whole sentences in French sound like one long word. One reason for this confusion is that French pronunciation uses something calle
Spanish Vocabulary: When to Use Usted vs. Tú
Every language has its own intricacies that take time and practice to really nail down. Here, Spanish tutor Jason N. clears up the distinction between the formal and informal use of the word 'you' in Spanish...   Usted vs. Tú: What's the Difference? Tú in Spanish is ‘you’ in English -- but what about usted? In English, there's not a great translation for usted. So what exactly does it mean? In English, when we want to convey respect to someone, we use formal and polite language,

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