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10 Useful Italian Phrases You Won’t Find in a Travel Dictionary

10 Useful Italian Phrases You Won’t Find in a Travel Dictionary

Are you planning on taking a trip to Italy? A travel dictionary is a great resource to have on hand. However, it doesn't always list common phrases and expressions used by native Italians. Below, Italian teacher Christopher S. shares 10 useful Italian phrases that you won't find in a travel dictionary... Italian is an extremely expressive language. Not only is it beautiful for the way it sounds and the theatrical hand gestures, it's also beautiful because of its rich expressions. Like man … Read More

10 Useful Italian Phrases You Won’t Find in a Travel Dictionary
Are you planning on taking a trip to Italy? A travel dictionary is a great resource to have on hand. However, it doesn't always list common phrases and expressions used by native Italians. Below, Italian teacher Christopher S. shares 10 useful Italian phrases that you won't find in a travel dictionary... Italian is an extremely expressive language. Not only is it beautiful for the way it sounds and the theatrical hand gestures, it's also beautiful because of its rich expressions. Like man
Learning French Verbs: When to Use Connaitre and Savoir
Connaitre and savoir: two French verbs that mean almost the same thing, and often trip up beginning students. If the difference isn't clear to you, or you just need a refresher, French tutor Carol Beth L. is here to explain it all... You know the moon is made of green cheese (or not). You know the Bermuda Triangle is a fluke (or not?). You know your presidents backwards and forwards. You know your favorite movie forwards and backwards. You know your best friend like the palm of your hand – or
Japanese Grammar for Beginners: Learn to Conjugate Japanese Verbs
If you're learning Japanese, here's some good news: Conjugating Japanese verbs is much easier than you think! Here, Ann Arbor, MI teacher Elaina R. shares some simple tips to help you conjugate Japanese verbs... I love conjugating Japanese verbs. Why? In most romance languages, conjugations are based on tons of factors, including subject, number, and even gender. For example, in Italian, "I am tired" is Io sono stanca; but if you are male, it's Io sono stanco. If there are several spea
How Well Do You Know Spanish? 15 Ways to Test Yourself
How much do you really know from your Spanish lessons or classes? While there are a few Spanish proficiency tests available online, there's an easier way to test yourself: simply ask yourself 15 practical questions. Read on as Fairfax, CA tutor Jason N. explains...   Learning Spanish can enhance your life in innumerable ways, such as having more competitive job opportunities, understanding Spanish films and poetry, and -- most importantly -- being able to form deep connections with pe
Japanese Grammar Rules: How to Conjugate Verbs in the Present Tense
When you're learning Japanese, it's important to understand how to conjugate verbs. Here are some great tips from Ann Arbor, MI teacher Elaina R. to help you understand Japanese verb conjugation.... Now that you're familiar with Japanese kana (if you're not, check out this article) and a few essential phrases, you're ready to learn about Japanese verb conjugation. In this article we will cover the basics—just the infinitive and present (formal and informal) forms. These concepts may seem

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