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31 mars 2010 3 31 /03 /mars /2010 15:17

- ING    - ED  adjectives


Many English adjectives qualifying emotion/feeling are formed from the  -ed and -ing  forms of the corresponding verb. 

If something is puzzling, it provokes a reaction : it acts on you.

When you are puzzled, you react to something puzzling (someoneor something else has provoked your reaction : you are passive). 

Click   >>>   HERE

to view tables that include verbs expressing positive and negative feelings / the corresponding adjectives and nouns..

Click on the computer  <<<


  to practise with an  MCQ !

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30 mars 2010 2 30 /03 /mars /2010 11:36
French people use the word "puzzle" as
an equivalent to 'jigsaw puzzle' :o)

Indeed, the French use the anglicism 'puzzle'
to name what you see below : most of you know only this meaning...
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/55/Puzzle-piece.jpg                                                                                                                         (1)
... thus, you started asking yourselves questions about the meaning of the word in yesterday's exercise. As a matter of fact, "puzzle" can have different meanings, and it can also be part of several grammar categories.

It can also be a verb, as in : The behaviour of the witness puzzled Detective Moore, who hadn't expected him to tell the truth...
to get the English VERB DEFINITIONhttp://www.openclipart.org/image/250px/svg_to_png/jean_victor_balin_book.png
You "puzzle over" when you try to understand something... but "puzzling over something" may also mean that you've been mystified, confused by it (then, you're amazed at it).
And if  you "puzzle out" something,  you solve a problem, find a solution or decode an enigma :o) 

The word 'puzzle' can also be related to adjectives .
someone or something is  "puzzling", he/it  is "difficult to explain or to understand".
On the other hand, when you get "puzzled", you are "confused because you do not understand something".

 To conclude, here's a short video illustrating
another meaning of the word "puzzle"  :
... and the solution is in here :
             ^^^ just click
(1) : photo licensed CC BY-SA by  CrazyPhunk
Quoted definitions are taken from the
Cambridge Advanced Learner's online dictionary
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29 mars 2010 1 29 /03 /mars /2010 15:08

"History of the Internet"

Here's s an animated documentary that presents the inventions of the web : from time-sharing to filesharing... from Arpanet to the Internet ! 

Animation by Melih Bilgil

  (the video's not always 'fluent' -couldn't manage to fix this so far)

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29 mars 2010 1 29 /03 /mars /2010 09:31
MARCH 21 : Obama addresses
the Immigration Marchers
Immigration remains a topical issue for the U.S.A. and it is also part of their history. Today, no matter how multicultural the States may be, this topical issue is sometimes still a burning issue,


topical issue ( sujet d'actualité)
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28 mars 2010 7 28 /03 /mars /2010 21:44
Here's a video on film reviews writing academic rules :
it aims at completing your "Film reviewing emergency kit"  ;o)

The subtitled video might be of some help : you can find it on the internet (youtube channel)
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27 mars 2010 6 27 /03 /mars /2010 11:02
Switch lights off... tonight !
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/c5/Lit_switch.jpg/150px-Lit_switch.jpgWhat do you know about 'Earth Hour' ?
Before taking the quiz, watch the Canadian video below once  -don't cheat ;-)  :
            And now...  YOUR  TURN !



'Earth Hour' 2010
1) Global warming develops...
  now and then
  much faster than predicted
  quite slowly, but regularly
  in people's mind : it's an illusion
                                     Take This Quiz
             And if you agree on this... don't forget to switch your   
                                      lights off, tonight ;o)                               


On the FUN/virtual 

lantern page of 


you can make 

your own lantern
to see better tonight                                                     
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26 mars 2010 5 26 /03 /mars /2010 21:41
Today, each of you presented a film (& his specific film genre) for about one minute.

Here are a few reminders to help you improve your speeches.


Remember to :
   - speak slowly : think of breathing  ;o)
   - mind your pronunciation, articulate words
   - speak up (loud)
   - avoid reading your notes

                 WHOM YOU SPEAK TO...
                 Remember to :
                    - anticipate : explain difficult words or points
think of rehearsing the key-steps (if any)
                    - possibly ask listeners if they need further
                      explanations / details

                                        WHAT YOU DEAL WITH...
                                        ask yourselves the following
                                        questions :
                   - Have you properly analysed your
                                              topic ?
                    - Can everybody understand what
                                              you said ?
                     - Is your 'message' clear ?

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24 mars 2010 3 24 /03 /mars /2010 20:46
"Alice in Wonderland"...
... is the latest film directed by Tim Burton :
today it's on in France too.
Johnny Depp  -one of the leads (1) in the film-  is one of Tim Burton's favourite actors.Needless to say, the film is based upon Lewis Carrol's novel :o)
(1) : click    >>>  HERE  <<<  to find the recap sheet of specific vocabulary on the cinema & films
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23 mars 2010 2 23 /03 /mars /2010 20:06

Teachers trade unions say "the tests are used to compile "meaningless" school league tables, which unfairly stigmatise schools with the most challenging pupils, and turn children's last year of primary school into a repetitive drill for the exams."
Click on  >>>  guardian.co.uk <<<

to read the full article (March 23, 2010) !
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20 mars 2010 6 20 /03 /mars /2010 22:46

Some of you have just passed the driving license test... Now that the strain of the exam is far behind you, watch this funny animation by and relax :

By the way... I do hope you'll be driving better than this ;o)

strain = stress
by the way (à propos / au fait)

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