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15 Funny French Phrases (And What They Really Mean)

15 Funny French Phrases (And What They Really Mean)

Just like English, French has a lot of idiomatic words and phrases, and some are fairly easy to puzzle out (for example, someone who "drinks like a hole", is drinking a great deal). Others are, to put it mildly, less obvious, especially when you are learning French. Here are some of the strangest French phrases you're likely to run across in otherwise harmless conversation. 1. Coup de foudre Only in French is it a good thing to be hit by a "stroke of lightning"; it means love at first sigh … Read More

15 Funny French Phrases (And What They Really Mean)
Just like English, French has a lot of idiomatic words and phrases, and some are fairly easy to puzzle out (for example, someone who "drinks like a hole", is drinking a great deal). Others are, to put it mildly, less obvious, especially when you are learning French. Here are some of the strangest French phrases you're likely to run across in otherwise harmless conversation. 1. Coup de foudre Only in French is it a good thing to be hit by a "stroke of lightning"; it means love at first sigh
Japanese Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Romaji
When you are learning Japanese you will be introduced to the writing systems hiragana, katakana, and kanji. You may also encounter a fourth writing system called romaji. Here, Japanese teacher Kaoru N. explains what you need to know about romaji...  Romaji simply means "Roman characters." Japanese people use the letters to write other languages based on the alphabet, and also to write Japanese syllables. You will typically use romaji when you type Japanese sentences with a computer keyboa
8 Powerful Tips to Improve Spanish Reading Comprehension
Struggling with Spanish reading comprehension? Here are some helpful tips from Honolulu tutor Jinan B...   Are you intimidated by texts, magazines, or books in Spanish? Do you feel overwhelmed at the thought of reading and understanding written Spanish? The following tips will allow you to increase your Spanish reading comprehension and help you feel assured as you navigate new linguistic territory. 1. Notice the title and any photos or graphics in the text. These things will give y
Sound Like a Native With 8 Korean Slang Expressions
You may have all of the resources to learn Korean, but can you speak like a native yet? If you can't, we'll help with that! In this article, guest blogger Anum Yoon from Current on Currency will teach you eight Korean slang words to make your speech sound more natural…   By now, you should be aware of the fact that Koreans love incorporating slang into casual conversations. In any given Korean drama or reality show, there are a variety of different slang terms being thrown around.
Build Your French Vocabulary: Numbers, Counting, and Math
Are your French vocabulary lessons not adding up? Perhaps this lesson in numbers, counting, and math from French tutor Carol Beth L. will multiply your comprehension... Numbers come up everywhere – and they are so numerous that it sometimes takes time to assimilate them automatically into everyday speech when you are learning another language. In her biography, Marie Curie's daughter stated that her mother, who was born Polish but lived most of her life in France, would count to herself in Po

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