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   ... to the 'Anglosphere' :o)
1 mai 2010 6 01 /05 /mai /2010 17:54



 Nowadays everyone's delivering presentations (you know...  what they call Powerpoints)  and sometimes it gets awfully ineffective... Here's what presentations ought not to be :

This one suggests how to deliver better presentations instead :
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30 avril 2010 5 30 /04 /avril /2010 21:04

How Louisiana became American

1) "The U.S. purchased Louisiana"

       means that they...

  lent Louisiana
  sold Louisiana
  borrowed Louisiana
  bought Louisiana
Try to remember the previous video clip !


 And now you've done the quiz... let's have a closer look at question 4 (the price of Louisiana puchase) : in the video, we can hear one of the prices that is in the quiz answers...

    But  the other sources I've found tell the deal cost         $ 15,000,000 ! See : The nation expands  page, on "Interactives - United States history maps". Also re-read Simple Wikipedia Louisiana purchase article :

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/63/Wikipedia-logo.pngClick  ^^^ here 

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30 avril 2010 5 30 /04 /avril /2010 17:58

... 1803

  At that time, the land that America bought was much larger than modern Louisiana :

Click on this ^^^ coin                   
to read Simple Wikipedia's article on Louisiana purchase

[The coin is the reverse of the United States "Louisiana Purchase/Peace Medal" ; the photo is in the Public Domain]
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29 avril 2010 4 29 /04 /avril /2010 13:37

A funny BBC teacher introduces you idioms connected with 'tea' :


All right... instead of trying to imitate the rude noises you've heard in the end of the video, you'd better find a French equivalent to the 3 idioms you've just learnt in the video !

Check your answers in the

green folder  <<<  click !



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27 avril 2010 2 27 /04 /avril /2010 00:02


                                Click ^^^ on HOLLYWOOD           (1)    

to get the video on the BCnews site : listen to the interview of Hugh Hefner, who explains what Hollywood means to him, and why he decided to help rescue its famous symbol.


http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Computers/thumb_open_folder_purple.pngOpen ^^^   this folder :

complete the transcript of the interview and answer the comprehension questions


(1)   :  Photo by Jon Sullivan, in the Public Domain

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26 avril 2010 1 26 /04 /avril /2010 21:22

This video is quite funny : it shows Rowan Atkinson (the famous "Mr Bean") and Hugh Laurie ("Doctor House") playing Blackadder and William Shakespeare.

Click on the manuscript below


to read the transcript of the sketch.

I hope you'll have fun !

By the way, William Shakespeare was baptised

on April... 26  (in 1564).

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25 avril 2010 7 25 /04 /avril /2010 18:24

Tea time...

video under the British Broadcasting Corporation -BBC- Embedded Application Standard Licence

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23 avril 2010 5 23 /04 /avril /2010 12:55

Yesterday was Earth Day, and everybody knows the major area of our planet is covered with water... Well, though mountain landscapes happen to be dazzlingly beautiful, I still prefer landscapes with water  :o) (1) 

This just reminded me of an old song I'm really fond of. Its title is part of its chorus  -welcome to the Home by the Sea !

Beware... not only is the song very long, but you'll discover a "home by the sea" that looks rather mysterious...

Read the song lyrics : all you need is

clicking the manuscript below :



(1) = Hey... what's the use of your "You've got lakes in the mountains, they're water too..." ?? :-D

landscape (paysage)   /  dazzling = extremely attractive

dazzlingly : adverb -intensely   /   a chorus = a definition   >>>    here

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22 avril 2010 4 22 /04 /avril /2010 17:40

I have to confess... I've been learning a lot about the history of Earth Day, while preparing this quiz . Welll... your turn, now :o)  


   The history of Earth Day - a QUIZ !
     1) Earth Day is celebrated on...
  the 4th Thursday of April
  April 22
  April 21
  the 33rd day after spring

Hey, don't !

Don't cheat... take the quiz first, and when it's over look up articles and sites to find out the missing answers : Wikipedia article will help, but you can also read     >>>  this page

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22 avril 2010 4 22 /04 /avril /2010 15:14
Earth Day was founded in the very end of the 1960's
The idea started developing in September 1969...
...and in April 1970, the first Earth Day gathered millions of American protesters !
Click on the satellite image of our planet
to find out about Earth Day in wikipedia.

Global warming is one of Earth Day concerns
In this video Al Gore, rougly explains
the global warming process :
(1) = A N.A.S.A. image of the Earth   (Public Domain)
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