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How to Describe the Past in Spanish: Imperfect vs. Preterite

How to Describe the Past in Spanish: Imperfect vs. Preterite

When you're taking Spanish lessons, you may be confused by new concepts and grammar rules. In Spanish, there are two different ways to describe the past; the imperfect and the preterite. Here, Carmichael, CA Spanish teacher Joan B. shares some helpful hints to help you describe the past in Spanish...   As a beginning Spanish speaker, it can be difficult to determine which form of the past tense you should use: imperfect vs. preterite. Once you learn the following simple tricks, ho … Read More

How to Describe the Past in Spanish: Imperfect vs. Preterite
When you're taking Spanish lessons, you may be confused by new concepts and grammar rules. In Spanish, there are two different ways to describe the past; the imperfect and the preterite. Here, Carmichael, CA Spanish teacher Joan B. shares some helpful hints to help you describe the past in Spanish...   As a beginning Spanish speaker, it can be difficult to determine which form of the past tense you should use: imperfect vs. preterite. Once you learn the following simple tricks, ho
Spanish Vocabulary: When to Use Usted vs. Tú
Every language has its own intricacies that take time and practice to really nail down. Here, Spanish tutor Jason N. clears up the distinction between the formal and informal use of the word 'you' in Spanish...   Usted vs. Tú: What's the Difference? Tú in Spanish is ‘you’ in English -- but what about usted? In English, there's not a great translation for usted. So what exactly does it mean? In English, when we want to convey respect to someone, we use formal and polite language,
7 Awesome Japanese Learning Apps You Should Download Now
The best Japanese learning apps are fun, easy to use, and help you practice what you're learning in your Japanese lessons. Whether you're looking to improve your conversation skills or become better acquainted with the written language, these apps will help you learn the Japanese language. 1. Learn Japanese               Learn Japanese is one of the best free Japanese learning apps, and it will help you strengthen your vocabulary and
How to Support Your Japanese Student
It's important to encourage your son or daughter as he or she is learning Japanese. While it's easy to remind your child or teen to practice, there are some other things you can do to help him or her succeed. These tips from language teacher Carol Beth L. will help you support your Japanese student... 1. Know Your Student's Goals Why does your son or daughter want to learn Japanese? Is it required in school? Does he or she want to speak with others in Japanese? Is your student interested in an
Follow These Accounts: 10 Ways to Learn French on Instagram
Bonjour! French is such a beautiful language that it doesn't need accompanying pictures - except on Instagram. In this article, French teacher Annie A. shows you the best Instagram accounts to follow to practice your French... Instagram is a fun way to learn new words and expressions in any language. It's great because it doesn't require much time to view, and since it's designed specifically for your smartphone, it has enormous social appeal. I'd say it's one my favorite ways to learn Fr

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