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46 Spanish Adjectives to Describe All Your Friends [Printable]

46 Spanish Adjectives to Describe All Your Friends [Printable]

If you want to have conversations in Spanish, you're going to need to know how to describe things -- and people! In this guest post, Sara from Spanish2Learn shares 46 adjectives to describe someone's personality...   If you're learning Spanish, you probably already know some helpful nouns and verbs to carry a conversation. Now it's time to sprinkle in some describing words! It's very common to describe other people in conversations -- not just physically, but also talking about th … Read More

46 Spanish Adjectives to Describe All Your Friends [Printable]
If you want to have conversations in Spanish, you're going to need to know how to describe things -- and people! In this guest post, Sara from Spanish2Learn shares 46 adjectives to describe someone's personality...   If you're learning Spanish, you probably already know some helpful nouns and verbs to carry a conversation. Now it's time to sprinkle in some describing words! It's very common to describe other people in conversations -- not just physically, but also talking about th
3 Key Word Pairs You MUST Memorize in Spanish
You've learned verb conjugations, memorized some basic vocabulary words, and have begun sneaking Spanish practice into your daily life. But before you move on: do you know the difference between ser and estar? There are a few key distinctions that you MUST know to speak well. Here, Fairfax, CA Spanish tutor Jason N. explains...   The Spanish language makes distinctions that do not exist in English. These differences can be especially confusing for native English-speaking when they
Italian Grammar: Introduction to Gender and Number
When it comes to building a solid Italian grammar foundation, gender and number are two very important concepts one must learn. Unfortunately, they are also very troublesome for beginner students. Below Italian teacher, Nadia B. gives a quick and easy introduction to the two concepts... Ready to explore Italian grammar? For students, gender and number are often the most challenging concepts to understand, since they are used very differently in Italian than in English. However, with a lit
Essential French Vocabulary: Greetings, Introductions, and More Social Phrases
Ready to say hello to the French-speaking world? French tutor Carol Beth L. shares the most useful phrases you'll need to start and end conversations... Heading for France or a French-speaking country? Know someone who's French? Chances are you'd love to get a head start on some useful French greetings and phrases. Here is the most important French vocabulary you'll need for greetings, farewells, and introductory phrases, in addition to a few others just for fun. 1) Bonjour! Hello! Thi
How to NOT Look and Act Like an American Tourist in Germany
Are you planning a trip to Germany? One of the keys to staying safe and not getting sucked into tourist traps is to blend in with the culture. In other words, when in Germany, do as the Germans do. Most American tourists don’t realize that there are certain things they wear that make them stick out like a sore thumb. A large backpack or fanny pack, for example, screams tourist. But it’s not just what American tourists wear, it’s also what they say and do. Certain gestures or greetings,

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