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Learn Spanish Grammar: Intro to the Subjunctive Mood

Learn Spanish Grammar: Intro to the Subjunctive Mood

You've learned about how to conjugate verbs in Spanish, and have a basic command of the language. Next up? Understanding the subjunctive mood! Read on as tutor Jason N. explains...   As you're learning Spanish, it's a smart idea to keep track of your progress. Your teacher or tutor can help you with this; if you're learning on your own, try testing your Spanish here. So, what's next once you can communicate the basics comfortably and confidently? Advanced students who want to t … Read More

Learn Spanish Grammar: Intro to the Subjunctive Mood
You've learned about how to conjugate verbs in Spanish, and have a basic command of the language. Next up? Understanding the subjunctive mood! Read on as tutor Jason N. explains...   As you're learning Spanish, it's a smart idea to keep track of your progress. Your teacher or tutor can help you with this; if you're learning on your own, try testing your Spanish here. So, what's next once you can communicate the basics comfortably and confidently? Advanced students who want to t
Common German Phrases and Etiquette Tips for Dining Out
Do you want to explore what Germany's restaurant scene has to offer? Below, German teacher Tyler S. shares some common German phrases and etiquette tips to ensure you have a delicious and enjoyable meal... Imagine you’re in Germany dining out for the first time. You excitedly enter through the restaurant’s front door, take a quick look around, and wait at what appears to be the host stand. If you wait to be seated in this manner, you’ll be waiting a long time. In almost every German re
3 Ways to Help Kids Learn Spanish (That Make a Difference)
Should kids learn Spanish differently from adults, or does it matter? Find out in this guest post by Honolulu tutor Jinan B...   We've all heard that children are like sponges and can pick up language very easily. While children do have an incredible capacity to rapidly assimilate information, it’s important to keep in mind the differences in learning languages that exist between children and adults, and how to best make use of language learning for children. The following are some th
Top 5 Italian Travel Blogs to Read Before You Visit Abroad
Have you been taking Italian language lessons for your upcoming trip to Italy? While it’s important to familiarize yourself with useful Italian phrases, it’s just as equally important to brush up on Italian culture. After all, understanding both the language and culture will make your trip even more enjoyable. Luckily, there are hundreds of blogs that dish out helpful travel, language, and cultural tidbits no travel book would reveal from where to find the best pizza to the proper Italian
How to Describe the Past in Spanish: Imperfect vs. Preterite
When you're taking Spanish lessons, you may be confused by new concepts and grammar rules. In Spanish, there are two different ways to describe the past; the imperfect and the preterite. Here, Carmichael, CA Spanish teacher Joan B. shares some helpful hints to help you describe the past in Spanish...   As a beginning Spanish speaker, it can be difficult to determine which form of the past tense you should use: imperfect vs. preterite. Once you learn the following simple tricks, ho

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