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French Verbs and Grammar: Le Passé Antérieur

French Verbs and Grammar: Le Passé Antérieur

How do you talk about the past of the past? French tutor Carol Beth L. shares this lesson on conjugating French verbs in le passé antérieur... If you've studied French verbs for long enough, you've probably studied the passé composé and the imparfait to discuss events that took place in the past. But what do you do when you want to discuss events that happened before other past events? Use the passé antérieur. In English, this tense corresponds pretty closely to the past perfect, wh … Read More

French Verbs and Grammar: Le Passé Antérieur
How do you talk about the past of the past? French tutor Carol Beth L. shares this lesson on conjugating French verbs in le passé antérieur... If you've studied French verbs for long enough, you've probably studied the passé composé and the imparfait to discuss events that took place in the past. But what do you do when you want to discuss events that happened before other past events? Use the passé antérieur. In English, this tense corresponds pretty closely to the past perfect, wh
The 50 Most Beautiful French Words You'll Ever Hear | Infographic and Audio
When you think of speaking French, what comes to mind? If you're picturing candlelit dinners, incredible art, and grand romance, you're not alone. French is known as the language of love, and just about everything in French sounds lovely. So here are 50 beautiful French words for your enjoyment. Some of these beautiful French words were selected for their pleasant sound, while others were chosen based on their meaning. Hear These Beautiful French Words: Listen as each of these beauti
15 Funny French Phrases (And What They Really Mean)
Just like English, French has a lot of idiomatic words and phrases, and some are fairly easy to puzzle out (for example, someone who "drinks like a hole", is drinking a great deal). Others are, to put it mildly, less obvious, especially when you are learning French. Here are some of the strangest French phrases you're likely to run across in otherwise harmless conversation. 1. Coup de foudre Only in French is it a good thing to be hit by a "stroke of lightning"; it means love at first sigh
Ultimate Guide to Studying French Pronunciation Online
Ask any student their biggest struggle in learning French and you are almost guaranteed to hear one thing - pronunciation. Admittedly, pronunciation is one of the hardest aspects of learning any foreign language. As babies, our minds are very receptive to learning how to identify and reproduce the numerous sounds contained in a language. This ability diminishes early in childhood, making it more challenging for second language learners to learn how accurately hear and pronounce sounds
Video: How to Roll Your R's | Spanish Lessons
Having trouble rolling your R's in Spanish? You're not alone! Check out this helpful video for tips from TakeLessons teacher Sheila S...   As an opera singer and voice teacher, itÂ’s my job to know how to pronounce all languages and to be able to teach how to properly pronounce them. If you're learning how to speak Spanish, you'll also need to learn how to roll your R's. This can be a challenge to some American students, because we produce our R sound very differently in English

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