Five Common False Cognates in French

There are a lot of false cognates in French that are easy for English speakers to mistake. These are French words that look very much like English words, but actually…

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Talking About Fall in Spanish: Vocabulary, Poems and Songs

Fall is here, so let’s look at some vocabulary that will come in handy for talking about fall in Spanish, otoño en español. Colores (Colors) One of the first things…

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Les couleurs de l’automne (The Colors of Fall)

Fall is here, so let’s look at some vocabulary that will come in handy for talking about the colors of fall in French, les couleurs de l’automne (m.) Les couleurs…

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Talking About Fall in Italian

Fall is here, so let’s look at some vocabulary that will come in handy for talking about fall in Italian, l’autunno in italiano. Colori (Colors) One of the first things…

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Italian for Halloween!

Halloween is coming, so to help get you in the mood for fantasmi (ghosts) and streghe (witches), let’s look at some Italian vocabulary for Halloween. Things that go bump in…

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French Vocabulary for Halloween!

Halloween is around the corner, and in France, it’s been a trend for the past few years, especially in big cities. So to help get you in the mood for des…

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French Social Media Vocabulary

Want to be come familiar with French social media vocabulary? Do you use social media? Do you text or use FaceTime? As you can imagine there’s a whole set of…

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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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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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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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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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