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German Grammar: Solving False Cognates

German Grammar: Solving False Cognates

German grammar can be difficult to master. Below, German teacher Noel S. shares a list of the most common false cognates, as well as exercises you can do to memorize these important words... Students learning German are often relieved to hear that they already have a "head start" from the many recognizable German words that share the same English meaning, also known as cognates. Cognates are a great for learning German, as students have already developed mental associations with words and … Read More

German Grammar: Solving False Cognates
German grammar can be difficult to master. Below, German teacher Noel S. shares a list of the most common false cognates, as well as exercises you can do to memorize these important words... Students learning German are often relieved to hear that they already have a "head start" from the many recognizable German words that share the same English meaning, also known as cognates. Cognates are a great for learning German, as students have already developed mental associations with words and
French Grammar Rules: What is the Subjunctive Mood?
Confused about conjugating verbs in the subjunctive mood? Tutor Carol Beth L. shares how to conjugate them and when you need to... Le subjonctif is one of the most notorious subjects in French grammar for non-native speakers of French. It is a mood that expresses uncertainty and is often connected with feelings, emotions, wishes, or desires about a particular event. In fact, we English-speakers also have a subjunctive mood, but we don't often use it or realize when we do use it. Here's an
Build Your French Vocabulary: Colors and Days of the Week
  Ready to start learning to speak French? Colors and days of the week are great vocabulary to get you started. Let tutor Anna M. walk you through this basic vocabulary lesson... Colors and days of the week are some of the easiest words to study when you are first learning French vocabulary. If you know any other romance languages, like Spanish or Italian, you are going to see that the French words for colors and days of the week are very similar to their colors and days of the week.
Spanish Vocabulary: Intro to Spanish Transition Words
Once you've learned the basics of Spanish, it's time to make your sentences flow! This article explains the importance of transition words... Intermediate Spanish students frequently ask how they can take their Spanish skills to the next level or sound just a bit more natural. One simple way to do this is to add transitions to your sentences. This not only provides a good flow and allows the listener or reader to simply follow along, but it also adds interest. Why Transition Words Matter i
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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