Dazzle with your command of "belle-lettres "Like a true sophisticate, you'd like
to toss out casual "bon mots" to enliven your conversation. You'd like to float
through cocktail parties offering your guests "crudites" and "hors d'oeuvres,"
toasting to the prevailing "Weltgeist" and speculating on who's having an
"affaire de coeur."
But first you need to know what those words mean.
Here's a guide to declaiming like an intellectual in a foreign language. More
than 500 of the most commonly used foreign words and phrases that enhance our
language and make us sound sophisticated have been translated into English,
along with a pronunciation guide and a sample sentence showing