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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 …

07 March

German Vocabulary Quiz

This week’s quiz covers twenty-six common German words. Match each German word on the left with its English equivalent on the right. German and English have many true cognates, so …

29 February

German-English False Friends

This week we’ll be turning out attention to another language with a large number of false friends with English: German. As English is a Germanic language, there are many cognates …

23 February

Falso Amico: Italian-English False Friends

Italian and English possess are surprisingly-large number of cognates. Italian words such as farmacia (pharmacy), intelligente (intelligent), and necessario (necessary) mean exactly what a native English speaker would expect them …

10 February

Portuguese-Spanish False Friends

Portuguese and Spanish are closely-related. The languages share a similar structure and many words have similar meanings. These similarities make watching out for false friends between the languages especially important. …

09 January

French Vocabulary Quiz Round Three

Test your French vocabulary with this new matching exercise containing an additional twenty-six words. Match each French word on the left with its English equivalent on the right. Check the …

05 January

The French Past Anterior

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. …

04 January

The French Imperative

This week we’re going to show how to conjugate the French imperative. This mood is used to give orders, make requests and recommendations, express desires, and offer advice. Conjugating the …

22 December

Spanish Vocabulary Quiz Round Three

Test your Spanish vocabulary with this new matching exercise containing an additional twenty-six words. Match each Spanish word on the left with its English equivalent on the right. Check the …