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French Grammar Rules: Distinguishing Between Imparfait and Passé Composé

French grammar guru Carol Beth L. is back on the blog with this guide to the passé composé, the imparfait, and when you should use each of them... If you've been studying French grammar long enough, you may know that French has two different forms of the past tense: the passé composé (composed past) and the imparfait (imperfect). It is sometimes difficult for those who have just learned them to distinguish between situations that require the passé composé and situations that warrant the i … Read More

French Grammar Rules: Distinguishing Between Imparfait and Passé Composé
French grammar guru Carol Beth L. is back on the blog with this guide to the passé composé, the imparfait, and when you should use each of them... If you've been studying French grammar long enough, you may know that French has two different forms of the past tense: the passé composé (composed past) and the imparfait (imperfect). It is sometimes difficult for those who have just learned them to distinguish between situations that require the passé composé and situations that warrant the i
3 Simple Ways to Remember Japanese Grammar Rules
Having trouble remembering how to conjugate Japanese verbs, or when to use formal pronouns? Here, Ann Arbor, MI teacher Elaina R. shares some tips and tricks to help you learn Japanese grammar rules... When you're learning a foreign language, you may have a tendency to apply your own grammar rules to your new language, often with hilarious results. Arguably the hardest part about learning a new language is trying to remember new grammar rules. Luckily, there are several basic concepts tha
Ultimate Guide to Studying French Pronunciation Online
Ask any student their biggest struggle in learning French and you are almost guaranteed to hear one thing - pronunciation. Admittedly, pronunciation is one of the hardest aspects of learning any foreign language. As babies, our minds are very receptive to learning how to identify and reproduce the numerous sounds contained in a language. This ability diminishes early in childhood, making it more challenging for second language learners to learn how accurately hear and pronounce sounds
5 Perfect Travel Destinations for Beginner Spanish Speakers
Traveling to a Spanish-speaking country can be intimidating for a beginning Spanish speaker. Here, language tutor Jackie A. shares her recommendations for beginner-friendly travel destinations...   So you've finished your first couple of Spanish lessons and you're ready to practice your new skills. Traveling and experiencing a new culture is a great way to learn Spanish for beginners. Here are five travel destinations that are perfect for beginning Spanish speakers. 1. Costa Rica If
5 Common Japanese Phrases You Should Know
Japanese people are full of life in their expression and communication, which makes the  language very fun and interesting to learn. The language has become globally accepted, so whether you're planning a trip to Japan or just looking to broaden your horizons, you can definitely benefit from learning basic Japanese vocabulary. Here are some common Japanese phrases to get you started. 1. Shitsurei shimasu Shitsurei shimasu means “excuse me, please.”  The literal translation of the p

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