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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Sentir, Se Sentir, Ressentir, and Se Ressentir: Feeling (and Smelling) in French

Expressing feelings and sensations in French can seem quite tricky to people learning the language. The verb sentir means feel, but it also means smell. There’s also the reflexive se…

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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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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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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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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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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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