By Elizabeth Zackheim June 21st 8:21 am Ser? Estar? ¡Ay caramba! One of the first challenges you bump into when studying Spanish is how to tackle ser versus estar. The bad news is they both translate as "to be" in English so that makes things a little spicy. The good news? Knowing nothing, you've got... Continue Reading →
Sardinia: More Than Just a Beach Vacation
Sardinia is best known for its beautiful, pristine beaches, its stunning landscape, and the Italian glitterati who descend in high season. But the island also offers a fascinating history that dates back dozens of millennia. The earliest settlers are estimated to have arrived as long as 50,000 years ago, and from 1500 to 500 BC... Continue Reading →
Go Forth and Conjugate!
[CW] When some people think of verb conjugations, they get a little nervous. All of those endings, the spelling changes, the irregulars… English, if it’s your native language, seems so much simpler. All you do is stick an -s or -es on the he/she/it forms, and Bob’s your uncle. That’s still a conjugation, of course,... Continue Reading →
(Image source: pixabay.com) [CW] Learning vocabulary is obviously an important part of learning a language. In some ways, it's also the most boring part, because it really just comes down to memorization. And memorization can be tedious. But memorization is really the first part of the process; to move new vocabulary from your short term... Continue Reading →
Are we fluent yet? Taking the Zen Road to language learning.
(Image Source: pixabay.com) [EZ] Let’s just get this out of the way right now, learning a language takes, well, a while. If you put yourself into the proverbial language learning car and after 5 minutes ask, “are we fluent yet?” I can tell you right now, this is going to be a long and arduous... Continue Reading →
“Fast, Easy, Fun and Free!”
[EZ] If you’re like many of us, you have a foreign language story. More often than not, it’s an unsuccessful experience in high school or college that left you with a few words of French or Spanish, and the depressing feeling that you were the problem. You just didn’t seem to “get” a foreign language.... Continue Reading →