“Pouvoir” Conjugation: Learn How to Use the French Verb “Pouvoir”

The French verb pouvoir means “to be able to”, or in other words, it means “can”. It’s a very common verb so it’s one that you ought to get to grips with as soon as possible. However, just like many of the other most frequently used French verbs, it’s irregular. That means that there’s no …

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Goodbye in German: A Comprehensive Guide to German Parting Words

Nothing is as bittersweet as saying goodbye, but it’s not as bad as not knowing how to say bye at all. An important part of practical language learning is knowing how to start and end a conversation. If you’ve been following the blog, you can already say hello in German thanks to the 100+ Common …

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Sorry in Japanese: Learn How to Properly Apologize in Japanese

How do you say sorry if you make a faux pas in Japan? Japanese people will say sorry when they feel they’ve done something wrong, when they want to correct an inconvenience—and even when they want to say thank you! Apologizing properly is vital in Japan. Some of you might already know the words すみません …

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Hello in French: Different Ways to Say Hi and Other French Greetings

I think we can all agree that you’d struggle to find someone who doesn’t know that “bonjour” is French for hello. But how many people know other ways to say hello in French? There are different French greetings at different times of the day, and on top of that, there are also different words to …

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I Love You in Japanese: Learn How to Express Your Feelings in Japanese

As Valentine’s Day approaches, you may be wondering how to say I love you in Japanese. Whether you’ve been together for a while now or one of you is just picking up the courage to confess your feelings, saying I love you isn’t as simple as anime would have you believe. Japanese culture is nuanced when …

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All You Need to Know about Christmas and New Year in Japan

As the holiday season approaches, do you ever wonder how Christmas and New Year’s are celebrated in Japan? Both holidays are widely celebrated, but Japan has only been celebrating Christmas for about 500 years! New Year’s is a much bigger, much older celebration. In this article, we’ll take a look at these two popular year-end …

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Japanese Sentence Structure: Do’s, Don’t’s, and Other Helpful Tips

The rules governing Japanese sentence structure are quite different from those of English sentence structure. Many learners struggle with how to best approach that difference. Some box Japanese sentence structure into an SOV (Subject Oject Verb) formula in order to compare it to the SVO (Subject Verb Object) structure that English takes. Others argue that …

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Christmas Traditions and Wishing Merry Christmas in French

It’s that time of year – Mariah Carey and Michael Bublé are on the radio, stores are filled with seasonal treats, and social media is inundated with photos of Christmas trees and holiday decorations. Have you ever wondered how the lead up to Christmas looks like in French-speaking countries? And how do you wish somebody …

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“Merry Christmas” in Spanish: Celebrating the Festive Season

The festive season is upon us once again! If you are anywhere in the Spanish-speaking world this year, chances are there are big celebrations for Christmas right around the corner. If you want to make sure you know how to celebrate Christmas in Spanish and say “merry Christmas” in Spanish, you’ve come to the right …

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