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500 Foreign Words and Phrases You Should Know to Sound by Peter Archer

By Peter Archer

Dazzle together with your command of belle-lettres!

Like a real sophisticate, you would like to toss out informal bon mots to brighten up your dialog. you want to drift via cocktail events delivering your site visitors crudités and hors d'oeuvres, toasting to the existing Weltgeist and speculating on who is having an affaire de coeur.

But first you want to recognize what these phrases mean.

Here's a consultant to declaiming like an highbrow in a overseas language. greater than 500 of the main prevalent international phrases and words that increase our language and make us sound subtle were translated into English, in addition to a pronunciation advisor and a pattern sentence displaying you the way to exploit them. additionally, you will discover quotations in different languages, with a view to galvanize all people along with your erudition and experiencia del mundo. All this including a plethora of minutae, spicing the entries with a beautiful mélange...

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This system of dating depends on the regnal year of a particular king or queen. It is almost never used—not least because there are so few kings and queens anymore (at least ones we pay much attention to). The wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton occurred in ANNO REGNI 59. annus horribilis (Latin) (AHN-nus hor-EE-bi-liss) (noun) Year of horrors. The phrase was used by Queen Elizabeth II in 1992 in a speech. From her point of view, it was certainly not a great year. In March, the separation of the Duke and Duchess of York was announced.

Belles-lettres (French) (bell-LET-re) (noun) Well-written, well-regarded literature. Classic literature. The works of Victor Hugo and Honoré de Balzac are taken, often, as epitomes of French BELLES-LETTRES. bête noir (French) (BEHT nwahr) (noun) Antagonist. Chosen enemy. One who is a persistent challenge or foe. Someone who is openly foolish has always been my BÊTE NOIR, but I’ve managed to survive many such people. Bildungsroman (German) (bill-dungs-ROH-mahn) (noun) A term of literary criticism, this refers to a coming-of-age story that shows the growth of the protagonist through the various stages of adolescence, teen angst, and early youth.

Someone not directly involved in a court case who offers information or an opinion designed to influence the case’s outcome. Generally it takes the form of a legal brief, which is taken into consideration by the presiding judge but does not have to be admitted into evidence. The American Civil Liberties Union has filed numerous AMICUS CURIAE briefs in cases involving civil rights. amor patriae (Latin) (AH-more PAH-tree-eye) (noun) Love of one’s country; patriotism A politician should have no higher sentiment than AMOR PATRIAE; sadly, most of them love money more than their country.

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