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Common Clothing Items

Common Clothing Items

Learn the names of common clothing items with this vocabulary list of Mandarin Chinese.
Practice in Cutting the Clutter in Writing

Practice in Cutting the Clutter in Writing

Here we'll apply the strategies that we have learned for cutting out needless words--deadwood that only bores, distracts, or confuses our readers.
Sentence Combining: Out of the Ice Age (page two)

Sentence Combining: Out of the Ice Age (page two)

Here are edited versions of the two paragraphs that served as the basis for the sentence combining exercise on page one.
Definition and Examples of Fables

Definition and Examples of Fables

A fable is a short narrative meant to teach a moral lesson.
50 Questions: Strategies for Focusing an Essay Topic

50 Questions: Strategies for Focusing an Essay Topic

One of the most productive ways to narrow your topic for an essay, speech, or research paper is to ask a series of questions--such as these.
conjunctions french conjonctions French coordinating conjunctions French subordinating conjunctions

conjunctions french conjonctions French coordinating conjunctions French subordinating conjunctions

Certain French coordinating conjunctions can be repeated in front of each of the joined items for emphasis.
louche

louche

What does the French word louche mean? How is it pronounced and used?
What's the Difference Between the Words 'Consequently' and 'Subsequently'?

What's the Difference Between the Words 'Consequently' and 'Subsequently'?

"Consequently" is a conjunctive adverb that means as a result. The adverb "subsequently" means next--following in time, order, or place.
Xiao Guo - Daily Mandarin Lesson

Xiao Guo - Daily Mandarin Lesson

The Mandarin Chinese word for "result" is "xiao guo." This daily Mandarin lesson has audio files for your pronunciation and listening practice.
French Literary Ne - Formal French

French Literary Ne - Formal French

What I call the ne littéraire is the phenomenon in literary writing (and, to a much lesser extent, spoken French) whereby certain verbs and constructions need ne but not pas in order to be negative. The use of pas in these constructions is not prohibited, simply optional.
Answers to the Exercise in Adding and Arranging Participial Phrases

Answers to the Exercise in Adding and Arranging Participial Phrases

Here are sample combinations for the 10 sets in the Exercise in Adding and Arranging Participial Phrases on page one.
mental grammar

mental grammar

The generative grammar stored in the brain that allows a speaker to produce language that other speakers can understand.
Moon Festival

Moon Festival

Moon Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. It is one of the most important festivals in Chinese culture, a time for family reunions and feasts.
Cuire - to cook

Cuire - to cook

Learn how to conjugate cuire, an irregular -re French verb.
Uses and Abuses of Exclamation Points!

Uses and Abuses of Exclamation Points!

The exclamation point (!) is a mark of punctuation used after a sentence that expresses a strong emotion.
Proscrire - to ban, prohibit

Proscrire - to ban, prohibit

Learn how to conjugate proscrire, an irregular -re French verb.
Development of Chinese Calligraphy

Development of Chinese Calligraphy

The origins of Chinese calligraphy are thought to go all the way back to the New Stone Age, between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago. By the time the oldest surviving examples of Chinese script were created, a complete system of writing had already been in development for a long time. In the centuries sinc