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Today in Francophone History

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

Tomber - to fall

Learn how to conjugate tomber, a regular -er French verb.

How to Bathe a Cat: A Process Analysis Essay

In this 500-word composition, a student explains the challenging process of bathing a cat. Notice how the writer ensures coherence and cohesion by repeating key words and offering clear transitions from one step to the next.

redoubler

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

Italian Numerical Adjectives

In Italian a numerical adjective (aggettivo numerale) is a number used as an adjective. Examples include cardinal adjectives and ordinal adjectives.

How to Write Good by William Safire

Language maven William Safire's best known column included these 17 fumblerules--"mistakes that call attention to the rule."

What Is Asyndeton?

A writing style that omits conjunctions between words, phrases, or clauses (opposite of

140 Key Copyediting Terms

Copyediting is the work that an editor does to improve a manuscript and prepare it for publication. Here we reveal some of the jargon of the copyediting trade: 140 terms and abbreviations used by editors in their efforts to produce copy that is clear, correct, consistent, and concise.

Notes on Second-Person Pronouns

It's hard for a new pronoun to break into the language. But now and then a fresh one does emerge, while some older items--like the second-person pronouns "thou," "thee," and "thine"--just fade away.

Chenshan - Shirt

The Mandarin Chinese word for "shirt" is chenshan.

un montant

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

How to Teach Spanish in North Carolina

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts those who are fluent in more than one language can expect job market growth that is higher than the national average. In particular, North Carolina has experienced a dramatic increase of Hispanic citizens; this has increased the need for Spanish teachers. If y

How to Obtain Resources & Materials for Family Language Translation Services

If English isn't your first language, you may need help translating important documents and other reading material, such as papers that your child brings home from school. There are many resources for family language translation. You can get help from your child's school, government services or priv

Today in Francophone History

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