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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
3 Myths About Learning French - BUSTED!
Is it hard to learn French? Tutor Roman N. shares three things you might think make it difficult to learn French that are actually totally false... Some of you may have been fascinated by French culture and French language for a while, but you haven't yet taken your first step toward learning this beautiful language. In my experience, I have found these three reasons to be the most popular excuses: "I'm too old for this -- it's too late to start learning a second language." "My Fren
3 Ways to Help Your Child Learn to Speak Italian
Bilingual children enjoy creative, cognitive, and cultural advantages because of their early exposure to multiple languages. Fortunately, childhood is an ideal time to learn a new language, especially when the brain is still developing. However, your child doesn't have to start taking language lessons in infancy or grow up in a multilingual household to speak Italian. You just need to stay involved in their learning process and think of creative ways to keep them engaged. If your son o
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
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

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