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French Verbs of Motion: Conjugating the Past Tense with Être

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 … Read More

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
Learning French? 4 Contemporary French Singers You Need to Check Out
Can listening to music help you learn a new language? Try these tips from French tutor Sean C. to see how some new tunes can help you master French! Have you ever noticed how people who can speak French somehow become slightly more intriguing? and you secretly want to be one of those people? Do you feel like it will help you in life someday? If you already have the passion for it, you can learn French, and something as fun as listening to music can help! Just pick a French artist or even a
How to Prepare for Your First Italian Online Lesson
Are you considering learning Italian? While it's possible to learn Italian independently, you'll have much better and faster results working with an experienced teacher. While working with a tutor has many advantages, one of the biggest benefits they provide is being able to correct your pronunciation and grammar before you develop bad habits. Some students are worried about the time or costs associated with in-person lessons. Thanks to the Internet, however, you can take lessons online. No
4 Simple Rules for Using Spanish Accent Marks & Tildes
  As you learn Spanish, you’ll come across rules that are important for writing. In this article, you’ll learn all about Spanish accent marks and when to use them. Most beginners ignore accent marks while learning Spanish. They don't know what they mean, or how to use them correctly. Beginners often assume that their word processor will help place them when typing in Spanish and that accent marks aren't mandatory to fully understand Spanish. This isn't true, and ignoring them only hinder
22 MORE Useful French Phrases for Striking Up a Conversation
Casual conversations with French speakers are a great way to practice your language skills! Here, tutor Beth L. shares 22 useful French phrases that will come in handy…   When learning a new language, it's important to keep on talking -- and listening -- to practice your new skills. If you've already learned basic conversational phrases, now it's time to move on to some more interesting conversation topics! To help you practice and prompt your new French-speaking friends, below

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