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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 French-Learning Games Your Kids Will Actually Love
The best way to help your kids learn French is to make the language fun, and with all the resources available both online and offline, this has become easier than ever. The following French games will give you the chance to learn with your kids, as well as encourage them to practice in their free time. 1. Dominoes Dominoes is a great choice to introduce kids to the French language, particularly if they already know how to play. Instead of using regular tiles, print out a set with pictures
Learn to Speak German Using These 5 Pronunciation Tips
Is your German accent on point? Oftentimes, the hardest thing about learning a new language is mastering pronunciation. German tutor, Trevor H. shares his top tips on how to speak German like a native…  German can be a demanding language to learn. Studying vocabulary and grammar certainly helps, but words and rules can only bring you so far. Mispronouncing words can lead to more confused expressions than a simple grammar goof. So clear that throat, and get ready. Below are five pronunciat
Top 10 Podcasts for Learning Italian
Are your ears free? If so, you can start learning Italian right now! In this article, Italian teacher Liz T. shows you the top 10 podcasts for learning Italian and why they're worth your time...   No one said learning Italian has to be boring. One of the most entertaining and effortless ways to learn a language is by listening to podcasts. Podcasts give language-learners lots of invaluable benefits, such as hearing correct pronunciation and learning while on-the-go. Does this sound
Learn Hiragana and Katakana With Japanese Calligraphy
When you're taking Japanese lessons, you will be introduced to various Japanese writing systems. Here, Winston-Salem, NC teacher Willy M. explains how learning Japanese calligraphy can help you understand the Japanese alphabet...  The Japanese alphabet, or writing systems, are very different from our alphabet in English. Japanese uses more than one syllabary. A syllabary is a group of syllables that make up different words. Think of it more like a phonics system. The difference between th

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