Libre à qui le souhaite de tisser ici ses propres
fils avec ceux d'un blog à la trame dessinée par l'anglais et son univers. Orientés par exemple par l'histoire, l'humour, la musique ou le cinéma ses vidéos, textes, sons, illustrations -etc-
viennent y prolonger les thèmes explorés en cours, et j'y publie des ressources conçues pour enrichir la pratique de la langue. S'il peut devenir outil de progression, je souhaite aussi
qu'il vous procure plaisir et parfois même amusement... why not ?!
What For ?
Bâtis ton anglais en t'exposant à la langue. Speak, view, listen, read, practise : variety's on the menu and I wish you'll have fun ;-)
In this song, the singer enumerates things the character can do to show the different roles he plays in his life... and how he rises -and falls... Listen attentively to the song and make a list of the things the character "can" do. You may also note them down, and send me (1) your list so that... I can correct it :o)
Some of the clip pictures are quite striking. They are not gratuitous though, for these illustrations intend to make the viewers react !
(1) : Use the 'Contact' page (see "Contact, comments & rules" -right part of your screen)
to view a map of the U.S.A. where every state is matched with a movie : in "Dances with Wolves" (by/with Kevin Costner - 1990), the story takes place in South Dakota... And what about the other states ? Find out by clicking on each state : then you'll view a still from a movie that was shot in this state :o)
"Not everyone will agree [with our choices], but that’s OK
-after all, what’s more American than arguing over
"Someone I haven’t seen in decades just posted a snapshot of me
onFacebook : there I am at 16, dressed in an unfortunate cowl-neck sweater, my hair cut to resemble a Semitic cotton ball. William Faulkner, I suspect, would love it — Facebook, after all, is the best evidence yet of the undead past. Ever since I signed up a couple of months ago, I have felt thrust into a perpetual episode of “This Is Your Life” (complete with commercials). “Friends” from nursery school have resurfaced [...] I have reconnected with the brother of a friend who was killed; rediscovered college chums and colleagues from my early days in New York. I am by turns amused, touched and horrified by these gentle breezes and icy blasts from the past.[...]"
The Way We Live Now - Growing up on Facebook
by Peggy Orenstein (March 10, 2009) - from The New York Times (Magazine)
that plays on words : a "fair game" is either a game played according to the rules... or game (animals) that may lawfully be hunted. Watch the trailer and guess which one is dealt with in the film :
Action / thriller - directed by Doug Liman (released in 2010)
Lead actors : Sean Penn plays Joe Wilson, Naomi Watts plays Valerie Plame
Plot : Valerie Plame is a CIA agent under cover. Her husband -Joe WILSON-,a former US ambassador- wrote an op-ed in the NY Times -"What I did not find in Africa"<<< explaining that Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass distruction so as to justify the invasion of Iraq... thus White House officials blew up Valerie's cover to reveal her status of CIA agent... and discredit her husband.
As for its music (and the -non- graphics of the video !)... it's not that sophisticated, for sure ! But it's rather funny ;o)
Listen to the song, then list all the internet systems and social media you hear in the song : there are... 10 ! Do you use any of them ? Which ones, and what for ? You will also hear computer or internet-related words : match the definitions below with the words they define (in the song) :
wireless fidelity system = ......................................
when you're connected, you're .... =..............................................
indicated as incorrect online = ............................................
a computer expert/enthusiast = .................................................
acronym indicating you're having fun = .............................................
Diwali falls on the 15th day of the dark fortnight...
In 2010, it means both Diwali and Bonfire Night fall the same day :
Diwali falls in the auspicious Hindu month of Kartik (= October or November in the English calendar). Diwali day 2010 falls on the "amavasya", or the "no moon day". Diwali date comes 20 days after the popular festival of Dussehra (or Vijaya Dashmi)..
On the third day, lots of small clay lamps (called diyas) and candles are lit and placed in houses. Fireworks are also sparked everywhere... hence the name of Diwali : the “Festival of Lights”.
The "pink city" of Jaipur (in Rajasthan) is one of the best places to celebrate Diwali. Each year there's a competition for the best decorated and most brilliantly lit up market. That dazzling display attracts visitors from all over India.
Have you watched the videos and read the article ?
All over the United Kingdom, Bonfire Night celebrates the anniversary of the Gunpowder plot and therefore reminds the story of Guy Fawkes... it's tomorrow, November 5th !
But let me tell you about the graphic novel created by Alan Moore and David Lloyd : "V for Vendetta" consisted of a series of comics, issued from 1989 to 1990. It told a story whose hero got inspired by Guy Fawkes.
The novel was adapted into a film (same title) :
click on the logo to read Wikipedia's article on the film.
Below, Evey's words are a kind of leitmotiv in the film : click on the first line to view a short video taken from the beginning of the film :