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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
Learn Japanese the Easy Way: 3 Study Tips for Beginners
While learning Japanese requires time and patience, you can boost your learning with these tips from teacher Willy M... I hate to break it to you, although it's not impossible to learn Japanese, it's also not necessarily easy. Japanese is a complicated language on many levels. First you need to learn how to converse, then you need to learn the specialized words. If you want to read in Japanese, then you need to learn Hiragana for indigenous words, Katakana for non-indigenous words, and t
10 Common Italian Stereotypes That Are Actually True
Italy, the land of contemporary fashion, historical art and... men who adore their mothers, hand-gesturing enthusiasts, and gatherings about Dante? Actually, yes! While most Italian stereotypes are inaccurate--for example, all Italians are not mobsters and the men don't look like Super Mario--there are a handful of stereotypes that hold some small kernel of truth. Below are the 10 most common Italian stereotypes that are actually true. 10 Common Italian Stereotypes 1. Italians Can't Liv
French Grammar Rules: Your Guide to Verb Tenses
French verbs throwing you for a loop? French tutor Carol Beth L. breaks down the differences between the most common verb tenses you'll study in French class... French verbs can be a difficult aspect of learning French for many students – but it doesn't have to be. If you can mentally organize what kinds of verbs are out there and when to use them, learning French grammar will be much easier to do. Here are the most common tenses studied in typical French grammar classes:  
Want to Learn Spanish? 5 Things to Stop Wasting Time On
Want to learn Spanish fast? Feeling overwhelmed yet? Stop over-complicating things! Depending on your goals, you may be able to simplify your studies and just focus on the basics of conversational Spanish. Here are five tips from online Spanish tutor Montserrat P...   If you're reading this, congratulations! You have decided to learn one of the most beautiful and useful languages: Spanish! As you've probably recognized so far, there are lot of grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation

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