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Feeling hungry for more French vocabulary? French tutor Carol Beth L. shares the words and phrases you'll need to enjoy a fine meal in French... Are you un chef (a cook) on par with Disney's "Ratatouille"? You'd better be if you want to compete with the best of French cuisine! If not, go sample a little cuisine as un gourmand (one who enjoys eating a lot) or un gourmet (one who enjoys fine delicacies) – or perhaps as both! Here are some French vocabulary terms you should know on your path … Read More
French Vocabulary List: Food, Cooking, and Meals
Feeling hungry for more French vocabulary? French tutor Carol Beth L. shares the words and phrases you'll need to enjoy a fine meal in French... Are you un chef (a cook) on par with Disney's "Ratatouille"? You'd better be if you want to compete with the best of French cuisine! If not, go sample a little cuisine as un gourmand (one who enjoys eating a lot) or un gourmet (one who enjoys fine delicacies) – or perhaps as both! Here are some French vocabulary terms you should know on your path
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
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Whether you're learning Spanish for business or just for fun, your end goal is most likely to communicate with others -- not just stare at a textbook! And to do this, you'll need to practice listening and talking with real people. Here, Spanish tutor Joan B. shares some tips, and where to find conversational Spanish lessons...  Ready to start speaking in Spanish with confidence? The following tips include creative ways to practice your Spanish in social settings and in your community, w
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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