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28 Spanish Phrases & Jokes That Don't Quite Translate

28 Spanish Phrases & Jokes That Don't Quite Translate

Have you ever tried to translate a Spanish saying, and realized it didn't quite mean the same in English? Read on as Spanish tutor Jason N. shares the meaning behind some funny Spanish phrases, sayings, and jokes so you don't get confused again!   I was exposed to my first Spanish saying back in 2009, when my Mexican host-mother told her sister that “Jason no tiene pelos en la lengua” (Jason doesn’t have hair on his tongue). When I inquired, they both laughed and explained that pe … Read More

28 Spanish Phrases & Jokes That Don't Quite Translate
Have you ever tried to translate a Spanish saying, and realized it didn't quite mean the same in English? Read on as Spanish tutor Jason N. shares the meaning behind some funny Spanish phrases, sayings, and jokes so you don't get confused again!   I was exposed to my first Spanish saying back in 2009, when my Mexican host-mother told her sister that “Jason no tiene pelos en la lengua” (Jason doesn’t have hair on his tongue). When I inquired, they both laughed and explained that pe
French Pronunciation Guide: When to Pronounce the Letter T
French pronunciation is full of little tricks that trip beginners up. Tutor Annie A. shares her tips for pronouncing the letter T... Try reading the following French words aloud: tarte, partons, portions, democratie, septieme, mangeaient, amitie, and vert. Do you pronounce all the T's in the same way? Do you pronounce them at all? There are no simple answers, and you will run into many questions about the letter T as you practice proper French pronunciation. There are many different rules
10 Commonly-Used German Slang Words and Phrases
Take a break from your textbook to learn some fun German slang words and phrases outlined by German teacher Trevor H. below… Every language has its own set of unique slang words and phrases, even German! While traveling throughout Germany and/or speaking with natives, you’re bound to encounter some German slang words and phrases. Oftentimes, these words and phrases aren’t outlined in your German study books, which is why we’ve gathered up some of the most common German slang words to ensur
5 Things You Didn't Know About the Japanese Language
Learning Japanese can be fun, and it can also be useful for traveling or job hunting. No matter how old you are, picking up a new language is easier than you think, even a language like Japanese. Here are five things you didn't know about the Japanese language. 1. Japanese Phonetics Are Easy to Learn Japanese words are relatively easy to pronounce since there are only 46 different sounds.  Learning to make these sounds is simple and easy to remember with practice. Once you have maste
The Korean Future Tense Part 1 : Describing the Probable Future
As you progress in your Korean lessons, you will learn different ways to describe different events in the past, present, and future. Here's a look at the Korean future tense with Minneapolis, MN teacher Bryce J... Some linguists argue that there actually isn't a Korean future tense, but that doesn't mean there is no way to talk about future events. In fact,  there are actually five ways to describe the future in Korean: probable future, definite future, promissory future, intentional futu

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