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  Buongiorno a tutti! Questa settimana ripassiamo i nostri “helper verbs” ed i nostri “full verbs” Our next helper verb is potere (to be able/can). Before you look at the chart you can probably guess that the “io” form will end in “o” (it always will). You could also guess that the “noi” form will end in “iamo” (it always will). Potere (to...

  Buongiorno a tutti. I hope that you have been practicing the helper verb dovere (to have to/to need/to “must”). Our next helper verb is volere (to want/desire). Volere (to want) I want (io)voglio  You (informal) want (tu) vuoi He, she, you [formal] want(s) (lui, lei, Lei) vuole  We want (noi) vogliamo You (plural) want (voi) volete They want (loro) vogliono Here are some more Full Verbs: aspettare = to...

Buongiorno a tutti! The first thing we will go over is an extremely useful shortcut to understanding and using verbs. Most of what we say in any language has to do with one of the following three situations: necessity, desire, permission/ability (dovere, volere, potere, respectively). We call these Helper Verbs because they help out so much of your expression. The first Helper...

FINALLY here's some news we all wanted to hear! Alcohol really can make you better at learning a foreign language. I mean, it really does make sense. Have you ever experienced being in a Parisian restaurant, attempting to practice your French, only to be stared down by a snooty waiter? All of the sudden, your tongue turns to mush and café and caca...

Millions of children around the world will be celebrating the globally recognized holiday, Halloween. From Mexico, to the United States, to Canada, to Ireland; each culture has found a unique way to celebrate this ancient holiday. Traditions vary in differing cultures, but a few things remain the same: pranks, games and costume parties. For this reason, Halloween is a great time to teach your...

It seems one can hardly mention the topic of language-learning without Rosetta Stone being brought to the forefront of the conversation. It's as if it somehow unlocked a major secret allowing anyone, anywhere, to master a language. But there are a few things you should be aware of before you go spending your money. Here are some pros and cons: Pros: Rosetta...

Have you ever wondered how certain words end up in the dictionary? Me neither - but it is actually quite interesting. This past August, the Economist gave us some insight into how this process works. Like most other fields, the advances of the Internet have changed the game for lexicography. As social media has become the predominant medium for communication, the use...

As summer comes to an end and the cold kicks in, we all have one thing in mind; it's time to reactivate those Netflix accounts. Those who insist that they have exhausted their Netflix options — fear no more! Here are 5 foreign film hidden gems currently available on Netflix today. City Of God                 City of God is a Brazilian crime drama film that was...

According to an article in The Independent, research shows that the benefits of being bilingual start at an incredibly young age, as young as six months to be exact. Researchers from the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences worked collaboritevly with surrounding hospitals to take an in-depth look at the effects of bilingual exposure at a particularly...