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French Grammar Rules: How to Conjugate Common Irregular Verbs

French Grammar Rules: How to Conjugate Common Irregular Verbs

Last week, French tutor Carol Beth L. treated us to a great lesson on conjugating regular verbs. This week, we look at conjugating common irregular French verbs... French grammar is full of irregularities and exceptions. They make sense when you understand the phonetic and grammatical in's and out's of the language, but can still be difficult to navigate – especially at the beginning. Covering every single irregular French verb out there, therefore, is a difficult task to tackle in just one b … Read More

French Grammar Rules: How to Conjugate Common Irregular Verbs
Last week, French tutor Carol Beth L. treated us to a great lesson on conjugating regular verbs. This week, we look at conjugating common irregular French verbs... French grammar is full of irregularities and exceptions. They make sense when you understand the phonetic and grammatical in's and out's of the language, but can still be difficult to navigate – especially at the beginning. Covering every single irregular French verb out there, therefore, is a difficult task to tackle in just one b
Part II: How to Conjugate Stem-Changers in Spanish
Struggling with Spanish grammar? As you're learning how to conjugate verbs in Spanish, you'll need to watch out for stem-changers! Here's an overview from Fairfax, CA tutor Jason N...   If you’re reading this now, it probably means you are well-aware of the importance of conjugation to use verbs to describe situations and events. And as you're learning a new language, like Spanish, this is essential to your progress! Conjugations enable us to form coherent sentences that specif
Language Lessons vs. Self Study: Can You Teach Yourself Japanese?
Is it possible to teach yourself Japanese? While the best way to learn a language is always a private teacher or tutor, there are some things you can do at home to learn the basics. Here, language teacher Carol Beth L. weighs the pros and cons of Japanese lessons vs. teaching yourself. Can you teach yourself Japanese? The simple answer is, yes. Like many new skills, given the right tools, some people can teach themselves. I have known people who have taught themselves Japanese—or another
Traveling Abroad? 7 Spanish Phrases You Need to Know
Before you visit a Spanish-speaking destination, you'll need to know some basic Spanish phrases to help you get around. Honolulu tutor Jinan B. rounds up seven phrases to know in this guest post...   Ready to visit a Spanish-speaking country and communicate with the locals? Try the following essential Spanish phrases to get around as you see the sights, try the food, and explore! While the most useful phrase might be inquiring about the location of the bathroom, the first phrase t
Japanese for Beginners: 5 Study Tips That Work
Although learning a new language is a gradual process, there are things you can do to make the learning experience easier and more rewarding. Language teacher Carol Beth L. shares the best ways to learn Japanese for beginners... When you're learning a new language, it's important to start with the basics and lay a firm foundation. Here are a few tips that will help you on your quest to learn Japanese. 1) Write in Hiragana and Katakana The Japanese writing system is very different from E

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