Tag Archives: depression

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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héritage

| legacy (masculine noun) | /eʀitaʒ/ I crept outside the vacuum and, God! How the world spun so swiftly and magnificently without me in it.

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monde

| world (masculine noun) | /mɔ̃d/ I am sorry I couldn’t hold the world for you; I have not the strength of Atlas, and the weight of it bruised my shoulders and rolled 10down 15      my 20          … 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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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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château

| castle (masculine noun) | /ʃɑto/ One year ago I organized a solo trip through Eastern Europe. I had never travelled alone, but I was determined to finally overcome my fear of solo travel by plunging into a ten-day adventure … Continue reading

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désabusée

| disillusioned (feminine adjective) | /dezabyze/ I fear this country has turned me into someone I no longer recognize, someone I despise. I was once ebullient, but now I am forlorn. I look in the mirror and wonder, Was I always like … Continue reading

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remercier

| to thank (verb) | /ʀ(ə)mɛʀsje/ France, I have always been able to adapt to new, sometimes frightening environments, even if I trembled on the precipice before finally gasping and taking that leap. Once a timid introvert, I have become … Continue reading

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fuir

| to flee (verb) | /fɥiʀ/ My blog is a little bit Sylvia Plath, a little bit Jack Kerouac, or so I like to think. I feel everything on a large scale, so my deepest emotions are inextricably linked with my … Continue reading

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feu

| fire (masculine noun) | /fø/ This world is too great, too terrible for me to bear, so I ricochet between wonder and despair. But human resilience never fails to amaze me. How do we manage to crawl out from the … Continue reading

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