Mardi 11 mars 2014
The name "leprechaun" may have various origins : from the Irish Gaelic word "leipreachan", it means "a kind of aqueous sprite". It also could be from "leath bhrogan", which means "shoemaker. It's the Irish term
for a supernatural race in Irish mythology and Scottish mythology -comparable to fairies or elves.
Some folk traditions hold that leprechauns are descendants of the Tuatha de Danann. According to the Book of Invasions,
when the Milesians came to Ireland they conquered the Tuatha de Danann and forced them to live underground (this connects them to the aes-sidh.
FAIRIES & other Irish MYTHS
and LEGENDS :
Click the picture of the fairy :
Elementary - A1/A2
Click this dancing leprechaun
to practise the prepositions of place
Publié dans : MYTHS & HEROES
Mardi 11 mars 2014
6 days to go before St Patrick's Day !
The infographics below tell us about mythical Saint Patrick, the history of the saint and other facts and
Click the illustrations to get the full picture
of St Patrick's Day
St Patrick's Day
by the numbers
A brief history & fun facts
Lundi 10 mars 2014
20 Irish family names
This infographic tells us about the 20 most common Irish family name.
You'll find their meaning, their Latin motto (+ English translation), where in Ireland they are more commonly located, and a few facts about their history and origins... most interesting !
The infographic was created "by the people at GoIreland.com" (former #1 accomodation booking engine).
Dimanche 9 mars 2014
The video displays places and events we currently consider typically British : hence a series of corresponding sounds, such as tea pouring from a tea pot :o)
"What would be your perfect day in Great Britain ? Where would you go ? And what would you do ? Who would
you meet ? And what would you eat ?" You can create "your day exactly as you'd want it" on the "Sounds of Britain" interactive version.
Publié dans : English is FUN :o)
Samedi 8 mars 2014
Click below to start the quiz on the BBC website :
Publié dans : POWER
Vendredi 28 février 2014
THE IDEA OF PROGRESS
Telegraph TECH news reporter Miranda Prynne tells us about the top emerging
technologies : a top ten list has been composed by the WEF (World Economic Forum) : each innovating technology was
selected for its actual "positive impact on the world".
Click the Telegraph logo and read the article
(26 Feb 2014)
Here's the full list of the top 10 emerging technologies :
Mining metals from desalination brine
Nanostructured carbon composites
Grid-scale electricity storage
Body-adapted wearable electronics
Nanowire lithium-ion batterie:
Human microbiome therapeutics
Quantified self (predictive analytics)
Would you reorder the ten technologies differently ?
Which one would be your #1 ? Which one would be your #10 ? Why ?
Explain your answers.
Publié dans : PROGRESS