Asking questions in French

Asking questions in FrenchThere are many aspects of French grammar that are relatively straightforward to learn. Sadly, asking question is not one of them. But, that’s not to say that learning the art of forming great questions is an impossible task for English speakers.

For one thing, there are many ways to construct a question in French. That means you can learn one question type and then stick with it until you master the others. Have a look at the various approaches and question words and then find a French native speaker to practice with.

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Learning Hebrew in Israel

Learning Hebrew in Israel

So many Americans students wonder what it would be like to study abroad and learn Hebrew in Israel and I am lucky enough to be able to tell you: it’s a once in a lifetime experience. Read more

The 7 Best Language Exchange Sites

Best language exchange sites

In a foreign language immersion environment, speaking and listening skills are crucial as they help us connect with the local community. But while interacting with native speakers of other languages is the norm when you’re abroad, having a language partner is less common in self-study approaches, particularly when it comes to individuals who use language apps and online learning platforms.

The goal of the typical language learner is to be able to communicate with people from all over the world. So why spend so little time practicing and so much time studying grammar and vocabulary? That’s where language exchange sites come in. Most of them are free and provide robust forums full of foreign language speakers of a variety of tongues. Learn why you should give them a try, which sites to go to and how to get the most out of your exchange. Read more

Asking questions in Spanish

Asking questions in Spanish

As a beginner Spanish learner, you will find yourself asking questions from day one: How do you say … ? ¿Cómo se dice … ? What’s your name? ¿Cómo te llamas? Where are you from? ¿De dónde eres?. That’s because interrogatives are one of those fundamental Spanish grammar points we all need to know to communicate and get by in an immersion environment. Fortunately for you, asking questions in Spanish is pretty easy. Learn how to form questions and which words you’ll need, then put on your journalist hat and get asking!

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Top French newspapers for learners

Top French newspapers

Newspapers are an essential part of la vie quotidienne or daily life in France. French newspapers can be purchased at small kiosks on street corners, at the supermarket, in the subway and in convenience stores. Even in the digital era, most French people still buy the paper every morning, to enjoy with their café and pain au chocolat.

No matter which paper you choose, articles will help you improve your reading comprehension skills, reinforce high frequency French vocabulary and introduce you to more advanced language and grammar (that’s why Lingua.ly provides a free feed of articles based on your interests and vocabulary!) A daily publication will cover all of the important events in France and can immerse you in French culture and history. And as reading the paper and keeping apprised of both domestic and international news is a very French thing to do, you will also have plenty of fodder for conversation with locals.

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Hebrew question words

Hebrew Question Words

Hebrew can be a challenging language to learn and speak. But if you plan to travel to Israel, an important skill to learn is that of asking questions. The Hebrew alphabet is completely different from the English one, pronunciation can be tricky and conjugating Hebrew verbs often leaves learners completely confused, which makes asking simple questions a difficult task.

Here are some tips for learning to ask questions in Hebrew like an Israeli. Though it may take time to learn the nuances and pronunciation of Hebrew speech, it is important to try to ask questions as the locals do. Read more

Best language apps for self-study learners

Best language appsNo matter which foreign language you’re studying, there is an app that can help you learn new language independently. More often than not, there are several apps, maybe even a handful. And while it can seem like overkill to fill your phone with Spanish, French or Arabic programs when you already have one that works, variety is important in language learning.

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Introducing yourself in French

Introducing yourself in French

Being able to introduce yourself in French is a crucial skill for beginner language learners, especially those planning a trip to France. That’s because without an introduction to get the conversation started, you’ll find it hard to engage with native French speakers and there’s no better way to learn a language than immersion in authentic, context-driven communication.

A French introduction is your ticket in, but you’ll need to know more than just bonjour. Introducing yourself requires an understanding of the difference between formal and informal French and an ability to address both groups and individuals at various times of the day. Learn the vocabulary and phrases you need to say your name and more in this post.  Read more

Past tense practice in English

Past tense practice in English

There’s a famous study of how English speaking children learn past tense grammar. In the beginning, they memorize the form of every verb they come across. Later on, they start to see the pattern of +ed that most English verbs take in simple past. This leads to an over-application of the rule and constructions that sound faulty such as “I maked it” and “I tooked it.”

The funny thing is this happens without practice exercises or grammar books, as the brain has recognized a usage pattern and generalized and imposed a rule. Eventually, the children learn to identify irregular English verbs and treat them as exceptions to the rule. The more natural language examples children are exposed to, the faster this process can happen. As an English as a second language learner, what lessons can you learn from this when it comes to mastering past tense in your own studies? Read more

Guadeloupe Language: French island, French Creole

Guadeloupe Language French Creole

Guadeloupe is a tiny island in the Caribbean Sea. While it’s located over 6,000 kilometers from France, Guadeloupe is both a French speaking island and an official department of the country of France. That means local currency is the Euro, there are representatives for the island in French government affairs and French is the official language.

If you’re considering some summer travel, Guadeloupe is a perfect Caribbean destination. People on Guadeloupe speak French and French Creole, so you might want to learn some of the local language to practice on your trip! Read more