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MUSIC's also a way...

   ... to the 'Anglosphere' :o)
10 juillet 2010 6 10 /07 /juillet /2010 17:55


These videos present two women writers'  http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Education/thumb_feather.png vision of creativity in writing... 

 Elizabeth GILBERT     is an American journalist and writer (a memoirist, a short story writer and novelist). In this TED talk, the author "muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius." I discovered  TED talks  about 2 years ago (you really ought to have a go  -if you don't know TED's yet!)  Last year I was dazzled by GILBERT's limpid speech : I do like to watch it from time to time for I consider it both funny and pretty moving.

February 2009

Most of English High School teachers in France have already heard of Amy TAN ...  if not studied excerpts from her novels in English textbooks. Here, she reviews both her childhood in quite a surprising and funny way... "and into the worlds of physics and chance, [she looks] for hints of where her own creativity comes from. It's a wild ride with a surprise ending."

Recorded in March 2008 in Monterey -California

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8 juillet 2010 4 08 /07 /juillet /2010 20:48

Here's a bright parody of the Wii...

... you know, the fabulous widget that gets you to do as if you were practising quite any activity... without practising them for real (or should I say IRL ?)  :o)


IRL = in real life   |   brightI = here, clever / intelligent / smart   |   widget (gadget)

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7 juillet 2010 3 07 /07 /juillet /2010 21:58

"A harsh climate did not stop humans moving to northern

Europe nearly a million years ago", Miriam Frankel says.

Researchers have discovered stone tools in Norfolk : these suggest early humans arrived nearly a million years ago -or even earlier-  in Britain.

Here is a video on the Nature website :

You'd better launch the video and click on 'pause' until it is completely downloaded : then you'll be able to watch it. 

Click here >> BBC news

to read article about it.

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5 juillet 2010 1 05 /07 /juillet /2010 18:25

To be honest, Justin Bieber's music gets on my nerves :-(  But variety is the spice of life and... of music too I guess.

The singer's "My World Tour" page has become

the target of an internet joke : 

Click here >>   BBC news

to read the full article

The unexpected result of his asking his fans where to go next on his Word Tour points out  -again -  that the Internet not only may be full of treasures, but also... full of traps !



"Variety is the spice of life" could be translated :

"Il faut de tout pour faire un monde"

a target (une cible) / to target (cibler, viser)

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4 juillet 2010 7 04 /07 /juillet /2010 17:43

This Muppets' Pledge of Alliance
parodies the US :

Though the animation may look rather childish, it's full of history data. Try and answer these questions :
1) What are the three notions Sam the Eagle points out at the beginning of his speech ?
2) Which symbols of the American civilization & history can you see behind the Muppet band (name at least 2  of them) ?
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3 juillet 2010 6 03 /07 /juillet /2010 16:25


... balanced time !

Use time wisely and well"

That's Philip George Zimbardo's message. The American social psychologist has studied time perspective and how it affects our work, health and well-being. The 10-minute animation below is part of a talk he gave at the RSA (the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) :

It might give food for thought about education as well ;o)

His full talk on YouTube channel :

The Secret Powers of Time      

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2 juillet 2010 5 02 /07 /juillet /2010 09:15

The animated picture below is based on a clip that promotes going to a movie theater rather than watching TV at home ! View the short commercial below :

    clip from the Public Domain (the Internet Archive website)

Charmingly outfashioned...  it must be the reason why it looks funny. Besides, given the temperatures out there at the moment, I do agree on their suggestion  :  why not go  to  the cinema ??  It's  so  much  cooler  than your home ;o)


a movie theater = American English for "cinema"

rather than  (plutôt que -de-)

a commercial = an advertisement on TV

outdated = the opposite to 'fashionable', 'trendy', 'in'

Why not + V ? <=>   making a suggestion

ex : "It's Sarah's birthday... why not invite her at the restaurant ?''

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23 juin 2010 3 23 /06 /juin /2010 17:13

This cool animation has nothing to do with English  -nor schoolwork ; maybe it's not exactly your favourite kind of music, but give it a try : it might help you relax after your exams :o)




The animation music, "Comptine d'un autre été : l'après-midi", was created by a French musician, Yann Tiersen. He composed it for the film "Amélie Poulain" (2001).

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19 juin 2010 6 19 /06 /juin /2010 20:46

Here are grammar handouts


which might help some of you.

Just click on the links below to get recaps about :

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19 juin 2010 6 19 /06 /juin /2010 20:13

The textbook "Insight" includes a few documents to help you revise.

This recap is about the  wordings of your exam : click on the multicolour folder :


Revoir les ^^^ENONCES

Revise your English exam WORDINGS


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