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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
Build Your French Vocabulary: How to Tell Time in French
For our last French vocabulary lesson, tutor Carol Beth L. taught us numbers, counting, and basic math. Now, it's time to put that knowledge to work with this lesson on telling time in French... So, are you confident with your numbers in French yet? Telling time is a wonderful way to practice – and is very helpful in everyday life! Let's start with a few basic words and phrases: Heure hour L'heure the time Quelle heure est-il? What time is it? (Say: Kel Ur Il est ______ heures. It is _
The Japanese Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Kanji
When you're studying Japanese, you will learn new vocabulary, grammar, and writing systems. Now that you've been introduced to hiragana , it's time to talk about kanji. Here, Brighton, MA Japanese teacher Karou N. shares some effective study tips to help you learn kanji... If you’re interested in studying Japanese, and you've made up your mind to learn the language, there’s no way to avoid kanji. Understanding kanji, and being able to read and write the letters correctly, is important for
Language Lessons vs. Self Study: Can You Teach Yourself Japanese?
Is it possible to teach yourself Japanese? While the best way to learn a language is always a private teacher or tutor, there are some things you can do at home to learn the basics. Here, language teacher Carol Beth L. weighs the pros and cons of Japanese lessons vs. teaching yourself. Can you teach yourself Japanese? The simple answer is, yes. Like many new skills, given the right tools, some people can teach themselves. I have known people who have taught themselves Japanese—or another
2 Simple Rules to Help You Pronounce Spanish Words
Learning a new language can be tough -- especially if you're trying to speak the language, but you're not sure how to pronounce certain words! Here, Atlanta, GA tutor Sean U. shares a few tips to remember for pronouncing Spanish words...    During my travels through Central and South America a lot of people have asked me which language is easier to learn, English or Spanish. I always answer saying that English grammar is simpler than Spanish grammar, but it's easier to learn pronu

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