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Using Basic ETRE; What ETRE is

If you are taking french or trying to learn french it is extremely important to learn ETRE as your first verb. ETRE stands for “to be” and will help you slowly transition into being able to make simple sentences in french. You will use the verb ETRE in almost ever composition, conversation or essay that…

When to use the subjunctive #1: EMOTION

Let’s presume that you know how to conjugate verbs in the subjunctive mood, but your big problem is when to use it. Well, don’t worry: That’s everybody’s problem! Learn pointer #1: The subjunctive is subjective, and we often express subjectivity with verbs of emotion.

Do you say “por” or “para” in Spanish to mean “for”?

Many Spanish students still confuse “por” and “para”, in part because the two words both mean “for” in English, but also because, well, they sound similar, too! How can you learn the difference?

Thinking in French

Here is a piece of advice on how to start THINKING IN FRENCH.

Present Tense Verbs

In almost every language, verbs conjugate, meaning they change depending on who they’re talking about. For example, “I run” is not the same as “she runs.” The verb (run) changed when it was talking about her instead of me. In Spanish, all verbs end with -ar, -er, or -ir and to conjugate them, you change…

Counting in German

Counting to 99 is simple in German. 1-eins 2-zwei 3-drei 4-vier 5-fünf 6-sechs 7-sieben 8-acht 9-neun 10-zehn 11- elf 12-zwölf For 13-19, just add “zehn” to the end of the number 13-dreizehn etc For 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, etc just add “zig” 20-zwanzig etc For 21, 22, 34, 37, 68, etc just write *ones…

Conjugating “to be”

One of the most important verbs in both English and German is the verb “to be.” In German, the unconjugated form of the verb is “sein” Present Tense I am-ich bin You are-du bist She/He/It is-sie/er/es ist We are-wir sind You (pl.) are-ihr seid They are-sie sind You(formal) are- Sie sind

Conjugating present tense -ER verbs

Regular verbs ending in -ER are all conjugated the same way in the present tense. By taking the stem of the verb, you will add the following endings: Je: -e Tu: -es il/elle: -e Nous: -ons Vous: -ez ils/ells: -ent

Days of the week

What are the days of the week in Spanish, and how we use them in sentences.

Ser vs Estar

Basic Spanish requires you to choose between the two forms of the verb “to be”(ser and estar). Choose which form is appropriate for each sentence, and conjugate them in the first person singular.