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Phrases for Celebrating Chinese New Year

January 17, 2017
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In the previous lesson, we looked at the Chinese zodiac and its importance to Chinese New Year, or the Spring Festival. This week, we’re going to provide some useful phrases …

French Idioms

August 29, 2016
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This week we’ll conclude our journey through idiomatic expressions by examining ten frequently-used French idioms. These basic idiomatic expressions will help you to increase your French comprehension and acceptance by …

Spanish Subjunctive Mood

June 14, 2016
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The Spanish subjunctive mood is used to express doubt in whether an action will indeed take place. It can also express how a person feels about an action, a wish, …

Italian Definite Articles

April 11, 2016
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English has only one definite article: the. However, the Italian l’articolo determinative takes many forms. Which form you should use depends on the number, gender, and first letter of the …

Italian Participles

April 11, 2016
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This week we’re going to provide an introduction to Italian present and past participles. In modern Italian, the present participle is usually used as either a noun or an adjective. …

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Italian Vocabulary Quiz

March 28, 2016
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This week’s quiz covers thirty common Italian words. Match each Italian word on the left with its English equivalent on the right. As always, watch out for false friends. Italian …

Commonly-Confused Spanish Words

February 8, 2016
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This week we’re going to look at some easily-confused Spanish words. While Spanish doesn’t have as many of these types of words as English does, it does possess enough that …

Commonly-Confused Spanish Words

January 26, 2016
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This week we’re going to look at some easily-confused Spanish words. While Spanish doesn’t have as many of these types of words as English does, it does possess enough that …

The French Past Anterior

January 5, 2016
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In French, the past anterior has the same function as the past perfect. Unlike the past perfect, however, the past anterior is used only in academic, literary, and historical writing. …