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French Vocabulary: 5 False Cognates to Watch Out For

French Vocabulary: 5 False Cognates to Watch Out For

Cognates are words that sound similar and can mean the same thing across different languages. However, in French, there are some tricky cognates that don't mean what you might think they mean. French tutor Carol Beth L. shares five common French false cognates... Due to their similar roots, French and English share some vocabulary and grammar. La table is table, la geographie is geography, and un film is a film – otherwise known as a movie. Similar word pairs between two languages are known a … Read More

French Vocabulary: 5 False Cognates to Watch Out For
Cognates are words that sound similar and can mean the same thing across different languages. However, in French, there are some tricky cognates that don't mean what you might think they mean. French tutor Carol Beth L. shares five common French false cognates... Due to their similar roots, French and English share some vocabulary and grammar. La table is table, la geographie is geography, and un film is a film – otherwise known as a movie. Similar word pairs between two languages are known a
Top Places to Visit in Spain (+ 10 Faux Pas To Avoid)
Want to avoid looking like a tourist during your trip to Spain? In this post, you'll first learn about some of the top destinations in Spain... then, tutor Emmanuel M. explains what NOT to do while you're there!   Spain is known as a beautiful, romantic, and overall wonderful place to visit. Tourists across the world visit Spain to explore the local sights, food, and traditions. You'll find that the people of Spain tend to be laid-back, good-natured, and cheerful -- and there are
The 9 Most Popular Kanji Tattoos
When you're taking Japanese lessons, you will be introduced to the three different writing systems: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Although kanji is generally considered the most difficult to learn, because of the symbols, it's the most popular writing system among non-Japanese speakers. Kanji consists of thousands of characters which were derived from the Chinese writing system. Because of the way they look, and the fact that they can convey a meaningful message in a limited amount of ch
Yikes! Don't Confuse These 7 Tricky Spanish Words
As a beginner learning Spanish, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by new vocabulary. How do you keep track of all of the Spanish words and meanings? Not to mention all the false cognates that are out there! Fortunately, with practice, Spanish words and phrases will become like second nature to you. Just watch out for the tricky word pairs! For a helpful lesson, our friends at Lingolistic recently shared an article with us with some words that are particularly confusing for beginners. Here are
Learn Hangul: The Korean Alphabet for Beginners
Hangul is an essential component of the Korean langauge, but don't worry, it doesn't have to be intimidating. Learn the basic principles of hangul with Boston, MA language teacher Eunhye J... Hangul History The Korean alphabet, hangul, was invented by King Sejong the Great and his scholars in 1443 and was proclaimed as the official alphabet in 1446. Contrary to popular belief, hangul did not evolve from some unknown place and time. The Korean alphabet is one of King Sejong’s greatest an

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