I Went or I Have Gone?

One of the most common difficulties for intermediate level learners of English is the difference between the simple past (I went) and the present perfect (I have gone). This is…

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Get the Most out of Your Language Garage Audio Workouts

Language Garage courses include short and sweet audio workouts. These are an essential complement to the live online sessions that you have with your native speaking instructor, and the review…

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Know Your French Cheeses – Part I

Les fromages (cheeses) are part of the holy trinity of French food: wine, bread, and cheese. French cheeses are the incontournables (must-know/see; lit. uncircumventable) of French gastronomy. There’s a whole…

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Chris M, French Student

A French Success Story Chris took French with us so he could get more out of a trip to France. He struggled with a lot of the confidence issues that…

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Gimme Some of That: Using du, de la, de l’, and des in French

The Shapeshifter de When you study French, you learn very early a few things about the preposition de. It’s usually translated as of: le livre de Jeanne (the book of…

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Spanish Letters: Call Them by Their (New) Names

¿Cómo se escribe? How do you spell…? Nine years ago, the Real Academia de la Lengua Española published its latest and updated manual of Ortografía, the official conventional spelling system…

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Language Garage French

The Language Garage French program currently includes two levels. Level 1 is meant for total beginners, or for students who have a background in French but need to review the…

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Language Garage Spanish

The Language Garage Spanish program includes two levels. Level 1 is meant for total beginners, or for students who have a background in Spanish but need to review the basics…

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What’s the Difference? por qué, por que, porqué and porque

You’ve seen pairs like él and el, but a quadruplet? You already know that many Spanish words come in pairs that look alike, apart from an accent mark. If these…

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I Like The Cheese: Using Le, La, and Les in French

Not sure when to use le/la/les in French? You’re not alone! One of the difficult things students of French have to learn is how and when to use the articles…

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Schedule a Free Spanish Trial Lesson

The Language Garage offers one-of-a-kind live online instruction. You meet once a week with your instructor for a face to face online lesson, and then you use our original student…

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Schedule a Free French Trial Lesson

The Language Garage offers one-of-a-kind live online instruction. You meet once a week with your instructor for a face to face online lesson, and then you use our original student…

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The Gender of Water: El Agua y Las Aguas

  Every Spanish learner has been told over and over to always pay attention to the gender of nouns. Normally Spanish courses make things easier and list the definite article…

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Would you like some tea? Sí or si, tú or tu?

Perplexity, that’s the word that better describes my astonishment when, innocently and naively, decided to learn some Chinese and heard that different pitches of a single sound vary the meaning…

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Beware of the Silent H! Echo and Hecho

    They say that in Spanish you have to pronounce all the letters. Yes, that’s certainly true, except for the ‘h’, which –we all know– is silent. Well, it…

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8 Little Words That Make Your French Sound More Natural

French has its own fillers that, um, er, uh, like, you know… make speech sound more natural. These little words add emotional flavor, they soften or reinforce an arguments, or…

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How Not to Freak Out about Grammar

There’s something about grammar that makes a lot of language learners cringe, or panic, or give up all together. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a…

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Give Your Team a Leg Up with Language

Why should your company offer language training? There are lots of reasons to learn another language, both professional and personal. This Career Addict post lists 18, everything from widening job…

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The Different Shades of Love: The French Verb ‘Aimer’

  Je t’aime or Je vous aime (I love you) is one of the best known phrases in French. But, contrary to many languages that have verbs like ‘like’ and…

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Do you drink your coffee solo or sólo?

Sólo or solo? Traditionally Spanish distinguished the adverb sólo (only/just) from the adjective solo (alone) by using the accent for the adverb. So, if you wanted to say: –At breakfast…

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Small Group Lessons at the Language Garage

Small group lessons at the Language Garage are the perfect option if you’re on a budget and are looking for a fun and convenient way to learn at home. Learn…

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The Language Garage Program

In a post a few months ago I wrote about different language learning methods: what works, what doesn’t, and what’s just marketing fluff. I’ve since gotten the very reasonable question,…

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Add Some Color to Your Language with Twitter

Along with @Language_Garage, we’ve added Twitter feeds for the language you’re learning at The Language Garage. We’ve got French @FrenchGarage, Spanish @GarageSpanish, Japanese @GarageJapanese, Italian @GarageItalian, English @EnglishGarage, Chinese @GarageLanguage,…

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It’s Not Brooshetta

The Italian small dish featuring toasted bread, diced tomatoes, basil, onions, olive oil is many things. It is delicious. It is healthy if not entirely low-carb. It is pretty easy…

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Five Simple Steps to Get the Most out of the Language Garage

The Language Garage is a learning system that’s designed to truly teach you a language – vocabulary, grammar, speaking, understanding, reading, writing and all – in a way that you…

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Knowing your French Wines: The Loire Valley

(Château de Montsoreau, near Saumur)   2018 was a rare and historic millésime (vintage) for Loire wines. So any wine lover should know about the outstanding vignobles (vineyards) of this…

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5 Ways Live Language Instruction Gets You Speaking

The internet is full of ways to learn a language that are not live instruction with another human being. There are videos, apps, games, podcasts, and more, a lot of…

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Meet the Language Garage Team

The Language Garage is a team of language lovers and linguists who have been creating ways to make language learning simple, fun and accessible to everyone for decades. We’ve spent…

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6 Tips for Learning a New Language

There’s work involved in learning a new language, but a lot of it can be unnecessary. If you have unrealistic expectations about your language, or yourself, you’re going to waste…

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Want to Learn Chinese? Step 1: Don’t Panic!

If you’re considering learning Chinese, you’re probably intimidated by the things that people think of when they think of Chinese: the characters and the tones. Yes, these are difficult. Chinese…

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6 Easy Ways to Memorize Vocabulary

We’ve already talked about how you learn vocabulary during your lesson, with your instructor. If you haven’t read that post, check it out here. Now let’s look at the six…

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Making Vocabulary Stick During Your Lesson

A big part of language learning is the simple act of memorizing words – lots and lots of words. Since Language Garage uses blended learning – part live instruction, part…

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Active Reading: A Way to Improve Your Language Skills

As soon as you’re able to understand sentences, you can substantially increase your learning experience by being actively engaged in the reading process. That just means using a pen, colors…

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Sev – French Teacher at The Language Garage

I was born in New York City, and at age 2, was transplanted to the Loire Valley in France. My mother – a Parisian – studied at the Sorbonne and…

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Apps: Not the Lead, but a Fine Supporting Actor

I have a thing about wanting all of the content on my phone to appear on one screen. Obviously that means using folders. I have a folder for social media,…

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Crêpes! A French Classic Recipe

Crêpes! A French must – and such a simple recipe! In France we distinguish la crêpe de froment (click links for audio) from la galette de sarrasin: la crêpe de…

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How a Little Writing Can Boost Your Language Learning

Many of us teachers strongly recommend that our students write. Why? Because writing will help you ‘visualize’ your thoughts. And your learning will accelerate drastically. Writing gives structure to the…

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It’s Not Just How You Learn, But What You Learn

If you’re a conscientious language student shopping around for a place to learn a new language, you’re probably interested in knowing how you’ll be taught. Is there a particular method?…

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Don’t Hate on Grammar

Image taken at Pongola Game Reserve in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Languages are English, Afrikaans, and Zulu. Let’s try a little experiment. Check out these Zulu expressions: Ngikhathele namuhla. I’m tired…

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Spanish 1

Spanish 1 is a course for beginners, great if you have zero background in Spanish or if you want to go back and review the basics. The six-week course includes…

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French 1

French 1 is a course for beginners, great if you have zero background in French or if you want to go back and review the basics. The six-week course includes…

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Which Language Learning Method Works?

How can you tell which language learning method works when they all claim to be the One? I’ve spent my entire professional and academic career in language instruction and linguistics,…

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Choose Your Program: Private, Semi-Private, or Small Group

The Language Garage offers private, semi-private, and small group lessons. Private is one-on-one, just you and the instructor. Semi-private is two, perfect if you and your friend or significant other…

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How the Language Garage Works

When you sign up to learn a language with us, either private one-on-one, semi-private, or small group programs, you’re going to have both live instruction with a real human being,…

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What’s a Language Garage?

The name We chose our name because it sounds like garage band, and we desperately hope that this doesn’t make you think of teenagers wailing in a garage. We were…

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