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Masculine & Feminine Spanish Nouns | Test Yourself!

Masculine & Feminine Spanish Nouns | Test Yourself!

In English, every noun has a neutral gender. This makes it easy to learn, so you really only need to learn the new word and the learning stops there. In Spanish, on the other hand, every single noun is either masculine or feminine. This means that every time you learn a new Spanish vocabulary word, you need to learn its accompanying gender as well. This may appear confusing for beginners, but bear with me! Here are the general rules for determining masculine and feminine Spanish nouns: … Read More

Masculine & Feminine Spanish Nouns | Test Yourself!
In English, every noun has a neutral gender. This makes it easy to learn, so you really only need to learn the new word and the learning stops there. In Spanish, on the other hand, every single noun is either masculine or feminine. This means that every time you learn a new Spanish vocabulary word, you need to learn its accompanying gender as well. This may appear confusing for beginners, but bear with me! Here are the general rules for determining masculine and feminine Spanish nouns:
Learn Hangul: The Korean Alphabet for Beginners
Looking for a complete guide on how to learn the Korean alphabet for beginners? In this article, you'll learn all you need to know about hangul - an essential component of the Korean language. The Korean alphabet, also known as hangul, was invented by King Sejong the Great and his scholars in 1443. It was proclaimed the official alphabet in 1446, and is one of King Sejong’s greatest and most unique achievements. Hangul is a phonetic system that is both scientifically and philosophicall
The Best Spanish Learning Software: Reviews and Prices
What are the best Spanish learning software options available today? Here, New York, NY tutor Lauren P. reviews two of the best products on the market...   With hundreds of methods for learning Spanish these days, where do you even start? On your search for the best Spanish learning software for you, you'll want to take your learning style, commitment level, and budget into account. Below, we've rounded up some of the best user-friendly options to consider. Of course, I am sur
Japanese Honorifics: Formal & Informal Name Suffixes
When learning to speak Japanese, you'll come across suffixes used to address people called "honorifics." While these may seem confusing at first, they aren't that difficult to learn. Here, we break down Japanese honorifics for beginners... Japanese honorifics aren’t as scary as they seem. Think of them like the English title prefixes (Miss, Sir, Dr., etc.). Japanese honorifics are simply a collection of suffixes that get tacked onto the end of names, titles, and other labels. There are
Top 5 Italian Books for Learning Grammar and Vocabulary
Have you considered learning how to speak Italian? While taking Italian lessons with an experienced teacher is certainly a good idea, language-learning books can be a great supplement to traditional classes. In fact, many teachers encourage or even require their students to utilize Italian books while not in class to further their studies. With so many Italian books on the market, however, it can be difficult to determine which ones are best suited for you. That’s why we’ve combed thro

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