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Essay Sampler: Models of Good Writing (Part 2)

Twelve more essays, articles, and speeches--some written within the past few decades, others more than a century old--that vividly illustrate the principles of effective writing.

Vrais amis - French English Cognates - T

Increase your vocabulary with this list of 1,700 French-English cognates - words which are identical in the two languages and share at least one meaning.

Today in Francophone History

Learn about important dates in French and francophone history: famous birthdays, holidays and celebrations, and other milestones.

Encourir - to incur

Learn how to conjugate encourir, an irregular -ir French verb.


Linguistic devices that indicate the degree to which an observation is possible, probable, likely, certain, permitted, or prohibited.


What does the French word holà mean? How is it pronounced and used?

Top 15 French Expression Lessons

Idiomatic expressions are key to language learning. When you learn French, it can seem like there is always more grammar to learn, but in fact grammar lessons are finite. Expressions, on other hand, are virtually endless. No matter how much you study, it sometimes feels like there are always a coupl

Careers in Learning German

German is the 11th most widely spoken language in the world, and it is the second most popular language learned beyond the mother tongue. As a result, German language learners can find many career opportunities as teachers and general users of the language. These positions may be more useful in the

Italian Verb Servire

The Italian verb servire: grammatical usage and examples. In Italian there are several ways to express the concept of serving or helping oneself.

Gerbera greenhouse

On 5 and 6 April 2008, the southern French city of Hyères hosted its annual flower festival with an open day event at SICA (Société d'intérêt collectif agricole) / Marché aux fleurs d'Hyères. 500 growers produce over 180 million flowers a year, making it the largest flower market in France

Base Forms of Verbs in English

The base form of a verb is the simplest form of a verb, without a special ending; it is the form listed in the dictionary.


What does the French word xénophobe mean? How is it pronounced and used?

Italian Interrogative Pronouns

Interrogative pronouns (pronomi interrogativi) are used to introduce a question. They are: chi?, che?, che cosa?, quale?, and quanto?