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French Grammar Rules: What is the Subjunctive Mood?

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 … Read More

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
8 Essential Japanese Greetings: Good Morning, Hello, Welcome, & More
Want to learn basic greetings in Japanese? Greetings are an important part of any language because they allow you to connect and communicate with others, even as a beginner. If you're planning a trip to Japan soon or are trying to learn how to speak Japanese, keep reading to find out some of the most common Japanese greetings. 8 Popular Greetings in Japanese 1. Ohayou gozaimasu (kanji: ????????, hiragana: ?????????) This greeting is how you would say "good morning" in Japanese. The
5 Common Problems Beginner Spanish Learners Face [Video]
Learning a new language can be tough. From new vocabulary to strange grammar rules, there's a lot of places beginners can stumble or get frustrated. Although Spanish is a relatively easy language to learn, it's not without obstacles. Many English speakers, in fact, run into the same hang-ups along the way. For example, conjugation rules take some time to get used to -- there's a reason most Spanish teachers include lots of Spanish conjugation practice in their classes! Repetition helps yo
Learn Japanese Through Music: 7 Fun Songs to Sing at Karaoke
Karaoke is a fun activity in any language, but believe it or not, singing karaoke is also a great way to improve your Japanese-language skills. Karaoke, as we know it, actually started in Kobe City, Japan. The word 'karaoke' is a combination of the words kara (from karappo, which means 'empty') and oke (from okesutura, which means 'orchestra'). You may not have realized that you can learn Japanese through music, but karaoke is one of the best ways to practice vocabulary and pronunciati
15 Fun-to-Say Japanese Onomatopoeias (with audio)
What Are (Japanese) Onomatopoeias? An onomatopoeia is a word where meaning is derived from a sound, or when a word sounds like how it looks. In English, we have onomatopoeias like "cock-a-doodle-doo" for the sound a rooster makes, or "crunch" for the act of crushing things. Onomatopoeias are quite common in many, if not all languages. We tend to notice them most in comics as sound effects: zippers "zip" and light switches "click." They're fun to say and they certainly aren't hard to learn.

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