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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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