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French Vocabulary: 5 False Cognates to Watch Out For

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 … Read More

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
How to Improve Your Spanish in 30 Minutes a Day
Whether you love science fiction, romance, or adventure, using non-academic books to learn Spanish is a fun way to improve your speaking skills! Learn more in this guest post from Honolulu tutor Jinan B...   Reading books in Spanish is an inexpensive, portable, and convenient way to improve your Spanish skills. In this article I'll review the many ways reading books in Spanish will help you learn the language so that you can begin using this effective and enjoyable tool of reading the
How Long Does it Take to Learn Japanese? A Timeline for Beginners
Want to know how long it takes to learn Japanese? Here, Japanese teacher Taro T. breaks down the time it takes to gain fluency in Japanese... How long does it take to learn Japanese? This answer can vary based on your objective, your learning style, and your study method. Learning a new language is a journey. I'm from Japan, and I learned English and Spanish when I came to the United States. I live in Washington, DC and people are often surprised that I can speak Spanish. People always as
20 Useful German Phrases for Oktoberfest
The world’s biggest celebration of beer, Oktoberfest, is right around the corner. In a couple of days, thousands of thirsty people will travel to Germany’s capital of Munich to celebrate all things beer. Before you head off to Munich, you might want to learn some German. After all, you’re going to be mingling with locals and traveling throughout the city. Learning a few useful German phrases will not only help you get around easier, but it will also enable you to make the most of your
13 Must-Know Japanese Expressions for Travelers
Whether you're studying the language or planning a trip to Japan, it's important to know some basic Japanese phrases. Learn these useful Japanese expressions with language teacher Andrew P... So, you're planning  a trip to Japan, or Nihon as the locals say. Hopefully you'll be traveling with someone who is fairly fluent in Japanese (Nihongo) because most Japanese people (Nihonjin) speak very little English. If you're traveling alone, however, there's no need to worry. Here are 13 basic

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