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French Pronunciation Guide: Best Tips for Mastering French Vowels

French Pronunciation Guide: Best Tips for Mastering French Vowels

French vowel sounds got you feeling tongue-tied? Tutor Tyler S. shares his best tips to proper French pronunciation... Everyone faces their own personal challenges when learning a foreign language, and I remember that mastering the French vowel system was a great challenge for me. French pronunciation uses approximately 15 vowels, and it uses sounds that English doesn’t include. There are extensive books dedicated to describing these vowels, but you don’t need to be an expert to use French vo … Read More

French Pronunciation Guide: Best Tips for Mastering French Vowels
French vowel sounds got you feeling tongue-tied? Tutor Tyler S. shares his best tips to proper French pronunciation... Everyone faces their own personal challenges when learning a foreign language, and I remember that mastering the French vowel system was a great challenge for me. French pronunciation uses approximately 15 vowels, and it uses sounds that English doesn’t include. There are extensive books dedicated to describing these vowels, but you don’t need to be an expert to use French vo
5 French Speaking Countries You Can Visit Besides France
Ready to travel and kick your study of French into high gear? French tutor Jackie A. shares her suggestions for where to plan your next vacation... When you started learning French I'd bet your friends and family asked you “Why?!? You can't use that anywhere else besides France! When are you ever going to use that?!?” Well, I'm here to help you tell those not so blissfully ignorant loved ones just where you CAN use your French! 5. Canada As many Americans know, Quebec is the French spe
Omotenashi: Japanese Hospitality and Etiquette
When you're studying a foreign language, it's helpful to also learn about culture, history, and traditions. Here, Japanese teacher Taro T. introduces the Japanese concept omotenashi... As someone who learned English as a second language, I truly believe in the importance of finding something positive from a new culture, and adopting it in your own life. This doesn’t just help you learn a new language, but it will also help you grow as an individual. Courtesy for Others Omotenashi is a r
10 Famous Japanese Expressions (and What They Really Mean)
You've probably heard the well-known idioms and expressions of wisdom in English. Phrases like "don't count your chickens before they hatch" and "don't put all your eggs in one basket." But these words of wisdom aren't exclusive to English. Here, Japanese teacher Kaoru N. explains the meaning behind 10 famous Japanese expressions...     ???????????? - I no naka no kawazu, taikai wo sirazu "A frog in a well never knows the vast ocean." There was a frog who was born in a
Italian for Kids: Learning the Alphabet [Audio and Visual]
Learning the Italian alphabet is an important building block in your child's learning process. Below, Italian teacher Liz T. shares the proper pronunciation of the alphabet and ways to practice the alphabet with your child... Is your child just starting to take Italian lessons? Learning Italian for kids can be difficult. One of the very first steps in your child's schooling is learning the alphabet, or as they say in Italy, L'alfabeto. The Italian alphabet is very similar to the Englis

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