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French Grammar Rules: Reading Le Passé Simple

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 … Read More

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
French Vocabulary: 5 False Cognates to Watch Out For
Cognates are words that sound similar and can mean the same thing across different languages. However, in French, there are some tricky cognates that don't mean what you might think they mean. French tutor Carol Beth L. shares five common French false cognates... Due to their similar roots, French and English share some vocabulary and grammar. La table is table, la geographie is geography, and un film is a film – otherwise known as a movie. Similar word pairs between two languages are known a
Not Confident in Your Spanish? | Handling Language Barriers
Whether you're traveling to a Spanish-speaking country, or chatting with a native speaker, a lack of confidence in your own speaking abilities can make the conversation even harder. Here are some tips for how to understand Spanish even when you're not confident, courtesy of online Spanish tutor Emmanuel N...   Learning a new language can be very challenging, and even when you're able to understand, speak, and write the language, you may still feel self-conscious or timid when it comes
French Grammar Rules: How to Conjugate Regular Verbs
Why do verbs in French change so much? Get clarification on the rules for conjugating the most common French verbs from French tutor Carol Beth L.... Verb conjugations are the bane of some French students who are not accustomed to the constantly changing verb endings in English. To be sure, we do conjugate our verbs. We add -ed for the past: "I look"  becomes "I looked." We add -s to in the singular third person: "I run," becomes "he runs." But often times, English verbs are a lit
Spanish Vocabulary: Phrases for Daily Activities
When you're learning a new language, using basic vocabulary throughout your day is a great way to make progress. Especially if you're teaching Spanish to kids, common phrases and words are easy to learn and easy to incorporate into your daily activities, from the moment you wake up (Buenos días) to getting ready for bed (Que descanses)! To get you started, our friends at Spanish Playground shared a helpful printable of common Spanish phrases to use with kids, which can be printed out and

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