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French Verbs of Motion: Conjugating the Past Tense with Être

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 … Read More

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
5 Travel Bloggers to Inspire Your Next Trip to Spain
Dreaming of visiting Spain? It's a common bucket-list destination for any world traveler, and an even better destination if you've been learning how to speak Spanish! We've given some recommendations for Spanish-speaking countries to visit on the blog before, but if you're looking for more in-depth info, we recommend exploring the many Spanish travel bloggers documenting their adventures. Below, we've rounded up 5 of our favorites to check out. Spain for Pleasure Spain for Pleasures's tag
Bon Voyage: 50 Useful French Phrases for Travelers
Planning a trip to France? Below, French teacher Jinky B. shares 50 useful French phrases every traveler should learn before boarding the plane... Traveling to a France is a great adventure, as you get to explore the local culture and taste all of the flavorful foods. Getting around France, however, isn't always so glamorous. As you prepare for your vacation to France, it's important that you learn a little French. After all, you're going to be put in certain situations where people mi
An Easy Way to Learn Japanese Katakana
When you're learning Japanese katakana, it's easy to be confused by so many new symbols. Here, Winston Salem, NC teacher Willy M. shares his tips and tricks to help you learn katakana.  While learning Japanese can be challenging, I have found an easy way to learn and memorize katakana. I want to share these methods with you, and I hope they will help you to quickly learn and understand Japanese katakana. When I first started studying Japanese, I found it difficult to learn the symbols
Italian Grammar: Exploring Cognates and False Cognates
Italian grammar can be a tough thing for beginners to master. Below, Italian teacher Giulio G. gives a brief lesson in recognizing Italian cognates and false cognates... Although English and Italian belong to two different language families, they have lexis similarities. In fact, it is estimated that around 30 percent of the English vocabulary comes from Romance and Latin sources. It's for this exact reason why it is possible to find many cognates--or words that sound or are spelled th

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