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Halloween in France: French Vocabulary and Traditions for Halloween

Halloween in France: French Vocabulary and Traditions for Halloween

Have you gotten your costume and spooky playlist ready for Halloween yet? How about your French vocabulary? In this article, teacher Annie A. gives you a lesson in French Halloween history and teaches you 10 words you'll want to use this October... The History of Halloween in France Did you know the French didn't begin celebrating Halloween until sometime in the early 1990s? Halloween is not a traditional French festival; as a matter of fact, it's an American import. The French love cos … Read More

Halloween in France: French Vocabulary and Traditions for Halloween
Have you gotten your costume and spooky playlist ready for Halloween yet? How about your French vocabulary? In this article, teacher Annie A. gives you a lesson in French Halloween history and teaches you 10 words you'll want to use this October... The History of Halloween in France Did you know the French didn't begin celebrating Halloween until sometime in the early 1990s? Halloween is not a traditional French festival; as a matter of fact, it's an American import. The French love cos
15 Japanese Vocabulary Words for Travelers
You don¬ít have to master the entire Japanese language to be able to communicate on a basic level with native Japanese speakers. When it comes to basic communication, a few essential words and phrases can help you get by on your trip to Japan. Whether you're taking Japanese lessons or planning a trip to Japan, here are the Japanese vocabulary words you should know. Traveling to Japan Whenever you travel to a new country, you need your passport. The Japanese word for passport is pasupoto (pa
Grammar Practice for Beginners: 3 Ways to Use Japanese Particles
When you're learning Japanese, you will be introduced to Japanese particles. Similar to prepositions in English, these words help to determine the role of other words within a sentence. Sound confusing? Don't worry. Here, Brighton, MA Japanese teacher Karou N. breaks down how to use Japanese particles...  Particles, functional parts of speech which indicate grammatical relationships between words, are important in any language. In the Japanese language, particles are categorized by functi
8 Outstanding Spanish Learning Websites to Bookmark Now
The web is full of resources for learning Spanish and testing your skills! Here, New York, NY tutor Lauren P. shares some of her favorites...   Interested in learning Spanish? While working with a private tutor is the best way to learn a new language, there are also tons of resources you can use in between your lessons to practice your skills and have a little fun. Here's a roundup of Spanish learning websites to add to your bookmark list. 1. Duolingo Bookmark Duolingo to make learnin
Italian Pronunciation: Tips on How to (Almost) Speak Like a Native
  Mastering Italian pronunciation is often the hardest thing about learning Italian. Don't get discouraged if you're having a hard time pronouncing words and phrases as it takes time and a lot of practice to get it right. Below, Italian teacher Delilah B. provides some tips on how to speak like a native Italian... A lot of students ask me what is the best and easiest way to pronounce Italian words. While Italian pronunciation can be difficult for beginners, it's actually quite easy to pi

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