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French Verbs and Grammar: Le Passé Antérieur

French Verbs and Grammar: Le Passé Antérieur

How do you talk about the past of the past? French tutor Carol Beth L. shares this lesson on conjugating French verbs in le passé antérieur... If you've studied French verbs for long enough, you've probably studied the passé composé and the imparfait to discuss events that took place in the past. But what do you do when you want to discuss events that happened before other past events? Use the passé antérieur. In English, this tense corresponds pretty closely to the past perfect, wh … Read More

French Verbs and Grammar: Le Passé Antérieur
How do you talk about the past of the past? French tutor Carol Beth L. shares this lesson on conjugating French verbs in le passé antérieur... If you've studied French verbs for long enough, you've probably studied the passé composé and the imparfait to discuss events that took place in the past. But what do you do when you want to discuss events that happened before other past events? Use the passé antérieur. In English, this tense corresponds pretty closely to the past perfect, wh
5 Fun German Vocabulary Games for Kids
Do you want to keep your child or student engaged while learning German vocabulary? Below, German teacher Kimberly F. shares five fun games children can play to help memorize their German vocabulary... A great way to enforce and practice vocabulary with kids--and students of every age for that matter-- is to play fun and engaging games as a group. This way, students can learn from one another, discover new words, and review what they already know. Below are five German vocabulary games yo
Grammar Practice for Beginners: 3 Ways to Use Japanese Particles
When you're learning Japanese, you will be introduced to Japanese particles. Similar to prepositions in English, these words help to determine the role of other words within a sentence. Sound confusing? Don't worry. Here, Brighton, MA Japanese teacher Karou N. breaks down how to use Japanese particles...  Particles, functional parts of speech which indicate grammatical relationships between words, are important in any language. In the Japanese language, particles are categorized by functi
French Holidays: Celebrating La Fête des Rois
Learning about and celebrating French holidays is a wonderful way to understand more about French culture as you study this beautiful language. French tutor Carol Beth L. shares the basics you need to know about La Fête des Rois... French Holidays: La Fête des Rois For many people in the United States, Christmas ends at midnight on the evening of December 25th. In France, more people probably still remember that according to the Christian calendar, the Christmas season doesn't offic
28 Spanish Phrases & Jokes That Don't Quite Translate
Have you ever tried to translate a Spanish saying, and realized it didn't quite mean the same in English? Read on as Spanish tutor Jason N. shares the meaning behind some funny Spanish phrases, sayings, and jokes so you don't get confused again!   I was exposed to my first Spanish saying back in 2009, when my Mexican host-mother told her sister that “Jason no tiene pelos en la lengua” (Jason doesn’t have hair on his tongue). When I inquired, they both laughed and explained that pe

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