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Help! What to Do if You Get Nervous When Speaking Spanish

Help! What to Do if You Get Nervous When Speaking Spanish

Do you get nervous when you have to speak Spanish, even if you've taken months -- or years -- of classes or lessons? You're not alone. Read on as Spanish tutor Emmanuel N. shares his tips for battling your nerves and becoming more confident...   When it comes to speaking a language, there are two ways of being good at it – the more scholastic way (reading, writing, and speaking all 'by the book') and the more layman’s way (mostly conversation-centered, using the common vernacular of a … Read More

Help! What to Do if You Get Nervous When Speaking Spanish
Do you get nervous when you have to speak Spanish, even if you've taken months -- or years -- of classes or lessons? You're not alone. Read on as Spanish tutor Emmanuel N. shares his tips for battling your nerves and becoming more confident...   When it comes to speaking a language, there are two ways of being good at it – the more scholastic way (reading, writing, and speaking all 'by the book') and the more layman’s way (mostly conversation-centered, using the common vernacular of a
5 Basic Rules of German Pronunciation [Audio]
Mastering a German accent can be difficult. Below, German teacher Tyler S. shares the five basic rules of German pronunciation as well as audio to help you practice... Learning the proper pronunciation of the German alphabet can often feel like an overwhelming task. However, there’s no need to panic, as it’s only a matter of time and practice until you learn how to speak German. To make learning how to speak German easier, we’ve summarized the five basic rules of German pronunciatio
5 Reasons Why It's Important to Practice French Conversation
Learning French by reading and writing is a good place for some students to start, however there comes a point where you must speak French in order to truly improve. French tutor Carol Beth L. shares her advice for students who are ready to take the plunge into spoken French... Conversing in a foreign language is not easy. In some ways, it's almost akin to public speaking. It puts you on the spot and tests your ability to think using a set of linguistic tools that are not as automatic as thos
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
Learn Language Online: French Links of the Week 8/21/2015
Bon weekend! To kick off your French-learning fun, here are the best and most interesting Francophile links from around the web. 3 Fun and Common French Idioms With Animals - Camille Chevalier-Karfis Idioms in other languages are endlessly intriguing, and these three French expressions are no exception. What do you think "les poules aurant des dents" (the hens have teeth) could mean? 6 Tips on How to Read in French Like a Boss - Frédéric Bibard Learning to read in a second langua

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