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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
Flirting in French: 25 Head-Turning Phrases You Need To Know
Because French is known for being a beautiful, romantic, and poetic language, as you can imagine there are plenty of French pick up lines and other cute French sayings to choose from! However, before you learn these flirtatious phrases you should know a little bit about French culture – especially if you’re thinking of saying these phrases when you visit France. In France, flirting is a way of life – it is an art form. Flirting is also very innocent, sweet, and never negative (like it'
Bet You Didn't Know: 45 Fun Facts About Japan [In Pictures]
Every culture has its own set of perks, quirks, and interesting facts, and Japan is no exception. So whether you're planning a trip, taking language lessons, or you just want to learn some facts about Japan, check out this fun, interactive slideshow. From facts about food to the lifestyle and the land, here are 45 things you probably didn't know about Japan.     Now that you've learned some interesting facts about Japan, is there anything you found shocking or
The SIELE: Here's What You Need to Know | Spanish Proficiency Test
Aspiring expats, you'll want to read this! If you're interested in someday working or studying in a Hispanic country, you may need to take a new Spanish proficiency test called the SIELE. Learn more about it in this guest post from Matthew at Listen & Learn...   The Instituto Cervantes, a globally recognized non-profit organization created by the Spanish government, and three highly respected universities in Spain, Mexico, and Argentina, have created a Spanish language profici
50 Fascinating Facts About the Spanish Language [Infographic]
Calling all linguaphiles, trivia buffs, students, teachers, and world travelers -- you probably already know that a country's language carries many clues about its history, culture, and values. Understanding the intricacies can often make it easier to learn a language, also, since you'll likely recognize patterns, or how certain language relate to each other. The Spanish language in particular is really cool to learn about, as you'll see in this post! We got help from our tutors to compile

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