Category Archives: Random

elle

| her (pronoun) | /ɛl/ You loved to watch her read. But you feared the storm that lingered beneath the surface of her smile. Indeed, her eyes betrayed a certain sadness, stemming, perhaps, from the realization that her life would … Continue reading

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horreur

| horreur (feminine noun) | /ɔʀœʀ/ This is my seventh year in higher education, and I’ve just learned that the highly disturbing, fucked-up books I love so much actually belong to a respected literary genre, the contemporary American Gothic; I … Continue reading

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lire

| to read (verb) | /liʀ/ In two months, I will take up my studies again and prepare a second Master’s degree in Anglophone literature. My imminent re-entry into academia has made me contemplate the reasons why I chose to … Continue reading

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histoire

| story (feminine noun) | /istwaʀ/ All of my belongings fit neatly in seven cardboard boxes, and I can stack them all in the back of my boyfriend’s Peugeot. I do not own a house, but I have many. One … Continue reading

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sang

| blood (masculine noun) | /sæŋ/ While I was in Prague, I visited the Kafka Museum and marveled at a 100-page letter Kafka had written–but never sent–to his father, someone who remained an oppressive figure throughout Kafka’s life and work. … Continue reading

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an

| year (masculine noun) | /ɑ̃/ This was a year of radical change. Somewhere, something broke, and I offered the universe an ultimatum: Hear me, or I will go. How idiotic and narcissistic I was to believe the universe could … Continue reading

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jamais

| never (adverb) | /ʒamɛ/ Coming home each summer is strange; it’s like re-entering a parallel reality to which I have no access during the other eleven months of the year. Once at home, I find myself trying to reintegrate … Continue reading

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mourir

| to die (verb) | /muʀiʀ/ Have you ever mourned the loss of someone living? Have you ever bent before a sadness whose power brought you to your knees? They ask if I believe in God. I say, “I bow before my … Continue reading

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étoiles

| stars (feminine plural noun) | /etwal/ I remember those first days back in the United States: the immensity of it all; those wide, open spaces dwarfing me. At night, the sky seemed infinite. I grew dizzy as I spun … Continue reading

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lâcheté

| cowardice (feminine noun) | /lɑʃte/ People grin, tell me I’m so brave. What strength, what courage I possess to travel so freely, and so far, at such a young age. But they don’t know. “Listen to me,” I confess. … Continue reading

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