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French Pronunciation Guide: Best Tips for Mastering French Vowels

French Pronunciation Guide: Best Tips for Mastering French Vowels

French vowel sounds got you feeling tongue-tied? Tutor Tyler S. shares his best tips to proper French pronunciation... Everyone faces their own personal challenges when learning a foreign language, and I remember that mastering the French vowel system was a great challenge for me. French pronunciation uses approximately 15 vowels, and it uses sounds that English doesn’t include. There are extensive books dedicated to describing these vowels, but you don’t need to be an expert to use French vo … Read More

French Pronunciation Guide: Best Tips for Mastering French Vowels
French vowel sounds got you feeling tongue-tied? Tutor Tyler S. shares his best tips to proper French pronunciation... Everyone faces their own personal challenges when learning a foreign language, and I remember that mastering the French vowel system was a great challenge for me. French pronunciation uses approximately 15 vowels, and it uses sounds that English doesn’t include. There are extensive books dedicated to describing these vowels, but you don’t need to be an expert to use French vo
French Grammar Rules: Reading Le Passé Simple
There is one French verb tense that you will likely only come across in literature, the passé simple. French tutor Carol Beth L. shows you how to recognize and understand this tense... The passé simple is a unique tense in the French language. Perhaps one or two centuries ago, it was commonly used like the simple past in English. For example: J'allai au magasin. I went to the store. Je couru deux kilometres. I ran two kilometers. The passé simple is similar to the simple past i
Learning French? 5 Ways a Tutor Can Help
Are you looking for a little help learning French? French tutor Carol Beth L. explains how tutoring can help... Learning French – or any new language – can be difficult, especially if you have little time or are not sure how to go about this gargantuan task. Hiring a tutor can help a lot in a number of ways, and can offer support in a variety of situations. Here are a few ways in which a tutor can help: 1) Pacing Suppose you do not have time to take a class and must study French on your own
3 Rules to Remember When You Speak Japanese
Japanese can be difficult to learn -- there's no doubt about that. Having quick references to remind yourself of the rules is immensely helpful as you begin to learn the language. Here, Japanese teacher Kaoru N. shows you three rules that make conversations in Japanese all the easier... Speaking Japanese is very different from learning Japanese in a textbook or classroom. When you learn to speak Japanese in a classroom, you will learn grammar rules and the polite, formal version of the la
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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