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French Grammar Rules: Reading Le Passé Simple

French Grammar Rules: Reading Le Passé Simple

There is one French verb tense that you will likely only come across in literature, the passé simple. French tutor Carol Beth L. shows you how to recognize and understand this tense... The passé simple is a unique tense in the French language. Perhaps one or two centuries ago, it was commonly used like the simple past in English. For example: J'allai au magasin. I went to the store. Je couru deux kilometres. I ran two kilometers. The passé simple is similar to the simple past i … Read More

French Grammar Rules: Reading Le Passé Simple
There is one French verb tense that you will likely only come across in literature, the passé simple. French tutor Carol Beth L. shows you how to recognize and understand this tense... The passé simple is a unique tense in the French language. Perhaps one or two centuries ago, it was commonly used like the simple past in English. For example: J'allai au magasin. I went to the store. Je couru deux kilometres. I ran two kilometers. The passé simple is similar to the simple past i
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
Japanese Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Hiragana
With three different writing systems, learning Japanese can be confusing for beginners. It's much easier to break the systems down, and focus on one at a time. Here, Japanese teacher Kaoru N. shares his tips to help you learn hiragana...  There are three types of letters in the Japanese language: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Hiragana and katakana are based on sounds and pronunciation. In kanji, each character has its own meaning. Hiragana characters are the most fundamental and basic chara
Tips for Parents: 9 Ways to Teach Spanish to Your Toddler
No matter your heritage or where you live, speaking Spanish can be a useful skill, with benefits including a better understanding of other cultures, improved ability to think creatively, and more opportunities in the future. By starting with your kids when they are just toddlers, children are likely to pick up the language and remember it when they are older. There are several ways you can make Spanish for kids fun, by incorporating it into all sorts of daily activities and games. Here are a
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

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