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Italian Grammar: Exploring Cognates and False Cognates

Italian Grammar: Exploring Cognates and False Cognates

Italian grammar can be a tough thing for beginners to master. Below, Italian teacher Giulio G. gives a brief lesson in recognizing Italian cognates and false cognates... Although English and Italian belong to two different language families, they have lexis similarities. In fact, it is estimated that around 30 percent of the English vocabulary comes from Romance and Latin sources. It's for this exact reason why it is possible to find many cognates--or words that sound or are spelled th … Read More

Italian Grammar: Exploring Cognates and False Cognates
Italian grammar can be a tough thing for beginners to master. Below, Italian teacher Giulio G. gives a brief lesson in recognizing Italian cognates and false cognates... Although English and Italian belong to two different language families, they have lexis similarities. In fact, it is estimated that around 30 percent of the English vocabulary comes from Romance and Latin sources. It's for this exact reason why it is possible to find many cognates--or words that sound or are spelled th
10 Incredible German Festivals You Can't Miss
Germany is a fun place to visit because of its fair share of holidays and festivals. In this article, teacher KeriAnne N. J. will tell you about 10 festivals in Germany that'll make you want to pack your bags and travel there soon...   “Life is a festival only to the wise.” Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote. Germany certainly seems to understand how to throw a fantastic festival! Over 10,000 festivals are hosted in Germany in a single year alone. It's one of the greatest places to exp
Italian Grammar Rules: How to Form Singular and Plural Nouns
Mastering Italian grammar can be difficult. Nonetheless, it's important if you want to become proficient in the Italian language. Below, Italian teacher Nadia B. shares some tips and tricks on how to form singular and plural nouns... In Italian, it’s important to understand how to form singular and plural nouns. After all, nouns are a cornerstone of the Italian language—or any language for that matter. Luckily, this Italian grammar rule is easy to master as it follows a certain pattern
5 Movies That Will Help You Learn to Speak German
Do you want to switch up your German language lessons? Below, German teacher Kimberly F. shares five popular movies that will help students learn to speak German... Are you looking for some exercises to supplement your current German lessons? When learning to speak German, one of the best exercises you can do is watch German films. In doing so, not only will you be able to hear correct pronunciation, but you’ll also pick up on the proper use of German vocabulary words. Below are fiv
4 Quick & Simple Rules for Using Spanish Accent Marks
As you learn Spanish, you'll come across rules that are important for writing. In this article by tutor Jason N. you'll learn all about Spanish accent marks and when to use them...   When I started learning Spanish back in 2008, I ignored accent marks when they appeared. I didn’t know what they meant and I didn’t know how to use them correctly. I guess I just assumed that my word processor would help me automatically place them when I typed in Spanish and that I didn’t need them

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