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French Grammar Basics: When to Use Tu and Vous

French Grammar Basics: When to Use Tu and Vous

Mixing up your tu's and vous? Let French tutor Carol Beth L. break it down for you... As modern-day English speakers, most of us are accustomed to using only one word for “you.” It doesn't matter if we are talking to one person, many people, old people, young people, teachers, doctors, children, or anyone else. In some languages, this is not always the case – and French is one of them. French grammar provides French-speakers with two ways to say “you”: “tu” (pronounce it almost like the English … Read More

French Grammar Basics: When to Use Tu and Vous
Mixing up your tu's and vous? Let French tutor Carol Beth L. break it down for you... As modern-day English speakers, most of us are accustomed to using only one word for “you.” It doesn't matter if we are talking to one person, many people, old people, young people, teachers, doctors, children, or anyone else. In some languages, this is not always the case – and French is one of them. French grammar provides French-speakers with two ways to say “you”: “tu” (pronounce it almost like the English
The SIELE: Here's What You Need to Know | Spanish Proficiency Test
Aspiring expats, you'll want to read this! If you're interested in someday working or studying in a Hispanic country, you may need to take a new Spanish proficiency test called the SIELE. Learn more about it in this guest post from Matthew at Listen & Learn...   The Instituto Cervantes, a globally recognized non-profit organization created by the Spanish government, and three highly respected universities in Spain, Mexico, and Argentina, have created a Spanish language profici
Top 5 Benefits of German Online Lessons
Many students are hesitant about taking online German lessons. Some believe that online classes are not as effective as in-person lessons, whereas others worry that they might lose motivation if lessons are taken at home. These nay-sayers, however, are misinformed, because there are numerous benefits to taking online lessons. Below, we explore some of the advantages of learning German online. 1. Higher-Quality Instructors Are there no qualified German teachers in your area or only a limite
French Grammar Rules: Reflexive Verbs
Need to brush up on French reflexive verbs ? In this lesson, French tutor Carol Beth  teaches how to conjugate French reflexive verbs in the present and past tenses... French (and many other romance languages) include a category of verbs, called reflexive verbs, that are treated a little differently than in English. Indeed, we have the same concept in English. We might say that we wash our face, we dress ourselves, and so on. That is, we are taking action towards ourselves. In French,
Italian Grammar: Mastering the Informal and Formal 'You'
When it comes to Italian grammar, understanding the informal and formal 'you' can be very difficult. Below, Italian teacher Giulio G. shares some tips and tricks on how master this common Italian grammar conundrum... In the Italian language, there are three ways to say 'you'; tu (informal) Lei (formal) and Voi (plural). For beginner Italian students, it can be difficult to determine the correct form when speaking. After all, there's only one 'you' in the English language. Nonetheless,

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