14 June

Spanish Subjunctive Mood

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, …

Portuguese Language
07 June

Spanish Comparatives

In English, comparisons can take two forms: synthetic (smarter, lesser, etc.) and compound (more talented, less interesting, etc.). Spanish, however, has three comparative forms: superior, inferior, and equal.   Superiority …

Portuguese Language
01 June

Spanish Superlatives

In Spanish, the comparative is used to express the relative value of two things. The superlative, however, makes no direct comparison. Instead, one thing is said to show some extreme, …

Teenage students studying foreign language
17 May

Imperfetto: The Italian Imperfect Tense

The Italian imperfetto (imperfect) tense can express actions that lasted an indefinite amount of time in the past, habitual actions in the past, or expressions of age, time, and weather …

Teenage students studying foreign language
20 April

Spanish-Italian False Friends

A speaker of one Romance language faces unique challenges when learning another. Among these is the false sense of security created by the large number of similarly-spelled words with similar …

16 April

Italian Irregular Verbs

For this week’s lesson, we’re going to look at the conjugations and uses of some of the most common Italian irregular verbs. These include first conjugation irregular verbs, as well …

11 April

Italian Definite Articles

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 …

Books on Island background
28 March

Italian Vocabulary Quiz

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 …