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10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Moving to Germany

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Moving to Germany

Are you moving to Germany for a job, a significant other, or simply a change of scenery? Whatever the reason, moving to Germany—or any foreign country for that matter—is downright terrifying. Not only are you away from your closest friends and family, but you’re living in a country you know little about. Sure you’ve read all the travel books and even learned some German, but nothing can prepare you for the adventure in which you’re about to embark. Lucky for you, we’ve interviewed s … Read More

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Moving to Germany
Are you moving to Germany for a job, a significant other, or simply a change of scenery? Whatever the reason, moving to Germany—or any foreign country for that matter—is downright terrifying. Not only are you away from your closest friends and family, but you’re living in a country you know little about. Sure you’ve read all the travel books and even learned some German, but nothing can prepare you for the adventure in which you’re about to embark. Lucky for you, we’ve interviewed s
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
French Grammar Rules: How to Conjugate Regular Verbs
Why do verbs in French change so much? Get clarification on the rules for conjugating the most common French verbs from French tutor Carol Beth L.... Verb conjugations are the bane of some French students who are not accustomed to the constantly changing verb endings in English. To be sure, we do conjugate our verbs. We add -ed for the past: "I look"  becomes "I looked." We add -s to in the singular third person: "I run," becomes "he runs." But often times, English verbs are a lit
5 Basic Rules of Italian Pronunciation
Learning Italian grammar and vocabulary doesn't get you far unless you know how to properly pronounce words. Below, Italian teacher Liz T. shares the five basic rules of Italian pronunciation... Italian is known for being one of the most beautiful languages. Learning how to properly speak Italian is all about mastering the correct sounds and pronunciation. Let's take a look at the five basic Italian pronunciation rules to help you better understand the language. Remember, working with
10 Cool Sites to Learn French by Podcast, Video, or Blog
Is it possible to learn French by podcast? French tutor Carol Beth L. shares a few great podcasts, blogs, and a YouTube channel that can help you learn French faster... When you're learning French, consistent linguistic exposure at and just above your level is vital. It can help you reinforce your current level, and help you raise your level through context clues and direct introduction to new vocabulary. Podcasts and other online mediums are an excellent way to do this. Below are a fe

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