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Spanish Vocabulary:  When to Use Usted vs. Tú

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, … Read More

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,
10 Ways to Memorize French Vocabulary Fast
Many students struggle with memorizing vocabulary in a foreign language. Tutor Joan B. shares her tips for learning new words in French fast... Is memorizing vocabulary in French holding you back from speaking fluently and confidently? Recalling vocabulary can be one of the hardest parts of learning a language since the words often seem strange to us and the richness of a language means that there are many words to memorize. Use the following tips to "decode" vocabulary memorization so you ca
12 Classic French Movies (and Movie Series) All Students Need to See
Nothing beats relaxing with a great film while you practice your French! French tutor Carol Beth shares her favorite French movies for students... Watching movies is a great way to maintain and expand your knowledge of French, and there are quite a few enjoyable French movies out there. The following list covers many of the most well-known films that students should check out. The list begins with the most “tame” movies and progresses to those that include romantic themes (or scenes)
Weddings Around the World: 5 Japanese Wedding Traditions
Giving gifts and honoring parents aren't just Korean wedding traditions - they're also important components of Japanese weddings. In this article, you'll learn about the unique traditions and rituals associated with Japanese weddings... Shintô is an ancient Japanese religion that continues to dominate the country's culture, especially its ceremonial traditions. Up to 79 percent of Japanese people still belong to Shintô temples, but the vast majority don't identify with its actual
10 Milestones to Celebrate As You Learn Spanish
Learning Spanish takes a lot of work -- so don't forget to celebrate when you've made progress! Here, Spanish tutor Joan B. shares the significant milestones to be on the lookout for...   Learning a language can be an exhilarating experience, as you master concepts, increase your vocabulary, and discover a whole world of communication! When learning Spanish, there are several points along the language learning-process that are indicative of where you stand in your fluency with the lan

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