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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 ?!
History Channel on the origins of Valentine'Day
"You'll be loved"
This song is not exactly the usual "sha-la-la-la-laaa, I love you so much !" classic ;o)
And yet, though its tune and some of its stills may look harsh, its chorus message is rather optimistic ! The animation is well-made and the whole clip is rather unusual, that's also why I like it ! What about you ? Whether you like it or not, let me know in your comments...
Tomorrow will be the day when lovers celebrate... hearts and flowers will pop out here and there :)
There's a great deal of idioms, sayings and phrases illustrating love (or related to this word )... I've collected some of them in this 'lexis - recap' sheet. There is no translation because the examples are plain and easy to understand : all you have to do to get the vocabulary sheet is click on the cartoon "bear in love"
The infographic below ⇓ illustrates a series of data about love relationships evolving -in different countries, and at different life ages (clicking on the illustration gets you to the full size picture) :
As for a short history of St Valentine's Day, you have to be patient... until February 14 :o)
Why is it so hard for customers to get out from Ikea's shops ?
Here is one of Ikea's mazes :
"A-mazing : a route a customer took through a store. Professor Alan Penn said they are designed to stop customers leaving"
"If you've ever found yourself hopelessly lost in an Ikea store, you were probably not alone. The home furnishing chain's mazy layouts are a psychological weapon to part shoppers from their cash, an expert in store design claims. The theory is that while following a zig-zag trail between displays of minimalist Swedish furniture, a disorientated Ikea customer feels compelled to pick up a few extra impulse purchase.[...]"
B1 - WRITING task
Click on the PDF logo ⇑ to get the Worksheet and your writing task.
>> [don't forget your password !] << (1)
This article from 'Simple English Wikipedia' ⇑ may be of some help :o)
(1) : Recap --> cliquer sur le logo PDF > "password protected file - enter... etc" : insérer le mot de passe reçu par mail > "unlock file" > "click here to start download" > "ouvrir" le document PDF.
Here is "South Africa plans huge solar farm"
NPR's breaking news (delivered on October 28, 2010) : a radio file you will use to train your oral comprehension.
This file is taken from the radio's website : NPR delivers both national and international breaking news & "top stories from business, politics, health, science, technology, music, arts and culture."
"The Story of Electronics [...] employs the Story of Stuff style to explore the high-tech revolution's collateral damage—25 million tons of e-waste and counting, poisoned workers and a public left holding the bill."
"Host Annie Leonard takes viewers from the mines and factories where our gadgets begin to the horrific backyard recycling shops in China where many end up. The film concludes with a call for a green 'race to the top' where designers compete to make long-lasting, toxic-free products that are fully and easily recyclable.
Their production partner on the electronics film is the Electronics TakeBack Coalition, which promotes green design and responsible recycling in the electronics industry."