The other day, one of my students asked me what the difference is between past simple and present perfect. I had no idea. Luckily, it was at the end of our hour together so I said that we'd continue this next week...giving me time to research what the heck present perfect is. Is it all English speaking nations or the US or just me that doesn't remember tenses quite like the French do? I just don't think our English classes hammered the tenses into our head like they did in France. Or maybe this is just another class I slept through (History was the other one). Of course, I use present perfect when speaking, but I could not have told you that what I just said was, in fact, present perfect. I am amazed when one of my students can quickly tell me what tense we're talking about when I clearly could not. After meeting with the student, Darin and I tried to figure it out so that I could easily explain the difference to the student...in French. Who was able to clearly explain the difference to me? My French tutor.