Since a big part of English words come directly from French (and then even more come from Latin), there are a lot of cognates between the languages, but sometimes they're hard to spot.
- A circumflex accent usually means that the word is of Latin original, and there was an 's' following the vowel that was removed. The word is sometimes more recognizable with the circumflex removed and the 's' added. For example 'hôpital', is 'hopital'. (however, the meaning of 'hôtel' is 'hotel' and not 'hostel', but the word 'hostel' does come from the same Latin root)
- An e with an acute accent ('é') often becomes 's' in English. For example, 'étrange' is 'strange'.
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