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Joyeuse Fête des Pères: French Vocabulary for Father's Day

Joyeuse Fête des Pères: French Vocabulary for Father's Day

Whereas France and the U.S. celebrate Mother’s Day on different days in May, both countries celebrate Father’s Day on the same day every year: the third Sunday of June. Known in France as Fête des Pères, young children often show appreciation for their fathers by making crafty items, such as ties and bow ties made out of paper and cardboard picture frames made from cereal boxes. Older children, like those in the U.S., will often buy their father a gift that they know he'd love. Needles … Read More

Joyeuse Fête des Pères: French Vocabulary for Father's Day
Whereas France and the U.S. celebrate Mother’s Day on different days in May, both countries celebrate Father’s Day on the same day every year: the third Sunday of June. Known in France as Fête des Pères, young children often show appreciation for their fathers by making crafty items, such as ties and bow ties made out of paper and cardboard picture frames made from cereal boxes. Older children, like those in the U.S., will often buy their father a gift that they know he'd love. Needles
7 Easy Tricks for Memorizing Spanish Vocabulary
At times, learning Spanish can feel overwhelming, with so many new words to take in after every lesson and new Spanish vocabulary appearing in every text or video you encounter. The problem is that new words often fail to stay in your memory on their own accord — you need to utilize special tips and tricks. Here are a few of our favorites: 1. Return to Your List of New Words Often The first time you learn a word is called initial contact, and you cannot expect to remember vocabulary after just
How to Survive Your First Italian Conversation
Are you nervous about speaking Italian for the first time? Below, Italian teacher Nadia B. shares some tips on how to survive your first Italian conversation... You've memorized a long list of Italian vocabulary words, and you've practiced repeating them out loud with your Italian teacher. But, are you confident enough in your skills to have an Italian conversation with someone other than your Italian instructor? The following tips and tricks will teach you how to navigate through your
Read all About it: The 8 Best Websites for Japan News
Whether you're planning a trip to Japan or you just want to stay up on the latest Japan news, there are a lot of sites to help you follow current events, trends, the latest in technology, and entertainment. Plus, if you're learning the language, you can boost your reading and speaking skills by reading the news in Japanese. Here are eight great sites to help you stay current on the latest Japan news. Japan Today Read Japan Today for up-to-date information on sports, tech, and national n
French Grammar Basics: When to Use Tu and Vous
Mixing up your tu's and vous? Let French tutor Carol Beth L. break it down for you... As modern-day English speakers, most of us are accustomed to using only one word for “you.” It doesn't matter if we are talking to one person, many people, old people, young people, teachers, doctors, children, or anyone else. In some languages, this is not always the case – and French is one of them. French grammar provides French-speakers with two ways to say “you”: “tu” (pronounce it almost like the English

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