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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....More...

What Languages Appear on the Rosetta Stone?

The Rosetta Stone, named because it was discovered by Napoleon in the town of el-Rashid, which translates to Rosetta, is in the British Museum. It has been housed there since 1802 when it was turned over to the British through the Treaty of Alexander. In 1917, near the end of the first World War, it...More...

Ben Jonson on Education and Style

In the second paragraph of this selection from "Timber," Jonson explains how practice and imitation may teach a person how to "write well."...More...

6 Reasons You Should Learn Spanish

Do you need a reason for studying Spanish? Here are several in addition to the fact that it's one of the world's most widely spoken languages....More...

la rédaction

What does the French word rédaction mean? How is it pronounced and used?...More...

What Are Block Quotations?

A block quotation is a direct quotation that's set off from the rest of a text by starting it on a new line and indenting it from the left margin....More...

Practice in Identifying Count Nouns and Mass Nouns

A count noun usually has different singular and plural forms, while a mass noun (also called a noncount noun) usually has only a singular form. This exercise will give you practice in identifying count nouns and mass nouns in sentences....More...

How to Learn Azorean Portuguese

Portuguese is a romance language related to Italian, Spanish, French and Romanian, and several Mediterranean dialects such as Sicilian, Sardinian and Corsican. These languages are the modern, living forms of Latin. Former African colonies, Brazil, the Chinese port city of Macau and the South Pacifi...More...

French Words and Expressions in English

The English language has borrowed a great number of French words and expressions. Some of this vocabulary has been so completely absorbed by English that speakers might not realize its origins, while other words and expressions have retained their Frenchness - a certain je ne sais quoi which speaker...More...

What is the Meaning of the Ankh Symbol?

The ankh is a symbol that appeared before the Christian cross. Resembling a loop with a cross at the bottom, the ankh is an Egyptian symbol often worn or depicted in modern pop culture. It represents a belief in eternal life....More...

Italian Pronouns

In Italian pronouns (pronomi) substitute for nouns or noun phrases and designate persons or things asked for, previously specified, or understood from the context....More...

Spanish Phrases Used by English Speakers

Spanish words are becoming more prevalent in the U.S.map of north and central america green image by patrimonio designs from Fotolia.comThe geographical proximity of Mexico to the United States and the increased immigration of Spanish speakers have led to a growing knowledge of basic......More...