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French Vocabulary: 5 False Cognates to Watch Out For

French Vocabulary: 5 False Cognates to Watch Out For

Cognates are words that sound similar and can mean the same thing across different languages. However, in French, there are some tricky cognates that don't mean what you might think they mean. French tutor Carol Beth L. shares five common French false cognates... Due to their similar roots, French and English share some vocabulary and grammar. La table is table, la geographie is geography, and un film is a film – otherwise known as a movie. Similar word pairs between two languages are known a … Read More

French Vocabulary: 5 False Cognates to Watch Out For
Cognates are words that sound similar and can mean the same thing across different languages. However, in French, there are some tricky cognates that don't mean what you might think they mean. French tutor Carol Beth L. shares five common French false cognates... Due to their similar roots, French and English share some vocabulary and grammar. La table is table, la geographie is geography, and un film is a film – otherwise known as a movie. Similar word pairs between two languages are known a
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
Are Online Spanish Courses Right For You? Pros & Cons
The Internet provides ease and functionality to people who want to learn a new language from the comfort of their own homes. However, some of these classes can be a bit pricey if you don’t know exactly what you’re hoping to achieve. Consider a few questions: Are these classes at home worth it? What are the benefits of taking online Spanish courses, and what are the drawbacks? Would it be easier to hire a qualified tutor? In this article, we break down all of the different aspects of learning
Introduction to French Grammar: How to Ask a Question
In French, like in English, you can often make a statement into a question just by raising your voice at the end. However, that's not the only way the French might pose a question, and as you learn French you're likely to come across many other variations. It's a good idea to get all the other forms of interrogative sentence under your belt as well. 1. Question words. Just like English, French question words can be used to start off a sentence you want to turn into a question. These words take
10 Reasons Why Learning to Speak German is Worth the Pain [Infographic]
People often say that German is one of the most difficult languages for English speakers to learn—and they’re right! Learning how to speak German can be quite difficult, especially for those who aren’t yet fluent in other foreign languages. So what makes learning German such a challenge? People are most intimidated by German grammar and pronunciation. Complex German cases and gender rules can easily trip up the most seasoned language learner. Just because learning German can be challenging

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