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10 Important Differences Between Spanish & Portuguese

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 … Read More

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
German for Beginners: 5 Tips That Will Make Your Studies Fun
Anfangen ist leicht, Beharren eine Kunst. This classic German proverb—which, translated into English means “Starting is easy, persistence is an art”— is the perfect description of language learning for beginners. German for beginners can be difficult. Only practicing during your scheduled lesson time simply isn't enough. You need to find ways to incorporate regular practice into your everyday life. After all, gaining a deep understanding of the German language takes time, practice, and pers
Essential French Vocabulary: Words for Your Online Life
The French have their own set of words for the online world. Tutor Tyler S. shares how to type French accents, helpful phrases for email, and more! In the most recent decade, technological advances have affected languages all over the globe. Thanks to these advances, it is easy to communicate with others over long distances at the touch of a button. The internet and high-tech mobile devices have given rise to many new, abbreviated word forms. One example is the way the French use their
French Pronunciation Guide: Avoid These Common Mistakes!
Many French students struggle with their pronunciation at first. Try these practical tips from opera voice teacher Elaina R. to get the right sounds out... French is beautiful. Almost muttered, flowing from vowel to vowel, French has earned a reputation as the "language d’amour." Why is it, then, that everyone in your French class sounds so utterly unromantic? Put succinctly, it’s because English and French have very different phonetic rules. Lots of letters are pronounced completely diffe
75 Most Helpful Spanish Cognates to Know [Infographic]
Remembering cognates is the fastest way to learn Spanish vocabulary! Read on as tutor Sara T. shares some of the best cognates in Spanish to know, which will get you through basic interactions and more...    Believe it or not, the U.S. is now the 2nd largest Spanish-speaking country! It surpasses Spain and only follows behind our southern neighbor, Mexico. The increase in Spanish-speaking households means an increased opportunity for bilingual people in the workforce. Learning

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