How Accent Marks are Used in Spanish

Beginner learners of Spanish often have a hard time sorting out how accent marks are used in Spanish. Some vowels have accents over them, and some don’t. It may seem…

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Japanese Writing: Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji

What are the differences between hiragana, katakana, and kanji? That’s a question that everyone who’s starting to learn Japanese asks, because Japanese writing is a bit hard for students to…

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Types of Tea in Japan

Tea is the most common and important drink in Japan, and as you can imagine, there are a few things you should know about how to talk about the many…

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Pico de Gallo Recipe

Pico de gallo is a delicious and simple condiment that you’ve no doubt enjoyed in a Mexican restaurant. It’s that wonderful blend of tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, and lime juice…

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What’s the Difference between Ser and Estar?

Remember that there are two verbs in Spanish that mean to be, ser and estar. The difference between the two isn’t terribly difficult to grasp, but it takes some time…

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Italian indefinite articles: un, una, un’ and uno

Italian indefinite articles (a, an) come in the forms un, una, un’, and uno. These forms change depending on the gender of the noun – whether it’s masculine or feminine…

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¿Te gusta…? Saying What You Like in Spanish

Me gusta el/la… To say what you like in Spanish, use me gusta el/la or me gustan los/las…  The thing you like is the subject, and you are me (to…

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Go Running, Go Out for a Run: Activities with Go

A lot of English activity verbs use go and the -ing gerund. These are activities that you have to leave the house to do, so most examples are sports and…

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See, Look at, or Watch?

These three verbs all mean to use your sense of vision, but there are differences in how they’re used that can be confusing even to advanced learners of English. In…

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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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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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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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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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Small Groups 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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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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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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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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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

Here’s 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…

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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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