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Learn Spanish Grammar: Intro to the Subjunctive Mood

Learn Spanish Grammar: Intro to the Subjunctive Mood

You've learned about how to conjugate verbs in Spanish, and have a basic command of the language. Next up? Understanding the subjunctive mood! Read on as tutor Jason N. explains...   As you're learning Spanish, it's a smart idea to keep track of your progress. Your teacher or tutor can help you with this; if you're learning on your own, try testing your Spanish here. So, what's next once you can communicate the basics comfortably and confidently? Advanced students who want to t … Read More

Learn Spanish Grammar: Intro to the Subjunctive Mood
You've learned about how to conjugate verbs in Spanish, and have a basic command of the language. Next up? Understanding the subjunctive mood! Read on as tutor Jason N. explains...   As you're learning Spanish, it's a smart idea to keep track of your progress. Your teacher or tutor can help you with this; if you're learning on your own, try testing your Spanish here. So, what's next once you can communicate the basics comfortably and confidently? Advanced students who want to t
Tips for Learning English in the U.S. | A Glimpse Through the Eyes of a Recent Immigrant
For immigrants new to the U.S., the challenge of learning a second language can be tough. With so many options available, what's the best way to learn English? Read on as San Jose, CA tutor Gina C. shares her tips... I recently interviewed Francy M., who arrived from Columbia seven months ago. Francy started studying English in her home country in high school, but only a little; now, she knows she needs to learn to speak and understand English if she hopes to work in the U.S., so she made tha
5 Travel Bloggers to Inspire Your Next Trip to Spain
Dreaming of visiting Spain? It's a common bucket-list destination for any world traveler, and an even better destination if you've been learning how to speak Spanish! We've given some recommendations for Spanish-speaking countries to visit on the blog before, but if you're looking for more in-depth info, we recommend exploring the many Spanish travel bloggers documenting their adventures. Below, we've rounded up 5 of our favorites to check out. Spain for Pleasure Spain for Pleasures's tag
8 Places to Visit in France Outside Paris
Are you planning a vacation to France? French teacher, Carol Beth L. shares eight wonderful places to visit in France outside of Paris... Chances are the "City of Light" is one of the top places to visit on your travel itinerary. Visiting Paris, however, doesn't mean you've seen all that France has to offer by a long shot. There are many other wonderful places to visit in France. Lucky for you, Europe has a relatively good rail system, which means you can visit places in France with ea
An Easy Way to Learn Japanese Katakana
When you're learning Japanese katakana, it's easy to be confused by so many new symbols. Here, Winston Salem, NC teacher Willy M. shares his tips and tricks to help you learn katakana.  While learning Japanese can be challenging, I have found an easy way to learn and memorize katakana. I want to share these methods with you, and I hope they will help you to quickly learn and understand Japanese katakana. When I first started studying Japanese, I found it difficult to learn the symbols

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