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Sangloter - to sob

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

Today in Francophone History

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

Willie Morris's Descriptive Narrative

In the following passage from his memoir "North Toward Home," Willie Morris relies on concrete details that both record and interpret an experience.

Attempts at a Definition of 'Essay

Since Montaigne adopted the term "essay" in the 16th century, this slippery form has resisted any sort of precise, universal definition.


A rhetorical term for a text that has an alternative or "deeper" meaning in addition to its apparent or surface meaning.

How to Compare Verbal Communication & Nonverbal Communication

People communicate using verbal communication, such as words and voice, with non-verbal communication, such as body language. Words are what we say. Voice includes the volume, tone and speed when we speak. Body language consists of non-verbal signals such as facial expressions, hand gestures, eye co

How to Decode Body Language

Reading body language is important for making friends, dating, getting along in the workplace and pretty much any social interaction. Short of listening to what people say and observing facial expressions, it is the best way to read someone's mind and figure out how that person feels about you. Unfo

How to Bargain With Chinese Street Vendors

The ability to successfully bargain in China can prove both financially and culturally rewarding. Chinese street vendors rarely set prices in stone, and debating a price is expected in most sales. Bargaining may be difficult and even embarrassing for people accustomed to paying set prices. If you ca

How to Read Chinese

According to the U.S. State Department's ranking of language difficulty, Mandarin Chinese is one of the most challenging languages for a native English speaker to master. However, although the unfamiliar characters and tones make it difficult, it is by no means impossible if sufficient time and effo

How to Read IPA

The International Phonetic Alphabet, or IPA, was invented in 1888, designed to be able to represent all possible phonemes (the sounds that make up words) regardless of a particular language. It remains an important tool among phoneticians and linguists. The IPA uses various symbols --- the "letters