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MUSIC's also a way...

   ... to the 'Anglosphere' :o)
22 juillet 2009 3 22 /07 /juillet /2009 17:37


                                                      On July 22, in...


- 1588 :
   
   > > > The  
SPANISH ARMADA (an invasion
   fleet sent by Philip II of Spain)
   is sighted off the coast of Cornwall.


- 1969 :           

   US astronaut Neil Armstrong is the first
   man to walk on the moon, 
   stepping down from Apollo 11.

   How much do you know about  NEIL ARMSTRONG  ?  < < <
   > > >
   The site of the  N.A.S.A.  displays his biography too.
This one is more complete. Besides, the site also gets you to learn about 'Technology', 'Moon and Mars', 'Aeronautics'... and more !

                                                    fleet (N)  :  a group of ships, or all of the ships in a country's navy 
                                                    sight (V) : to suddenly see something or someone
                                                    off the coast
 = au large des côtes


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21 juillet 2009 2 21 /07 /juillet /2009 22:29



The BBC Radio Homepage presents a series of channels
that will help you improve both pronunciation and fluency

> > >   BBC International RADIO

 



There, you can get INTERNATIONAL CHANNELS :
the BBC World Service (news in English), BBC news in Russian, Arabic, Spanish and Persian...

Listening to the radio is definitely a good means of having your ears used to English sounds.
     The more you listen, the more you'll understand. The more you
      practise this "radio-listening"... the better your  pronunciation
      keeps improving
  :o)

                           The UK BBC channels include :
                           - BBC Radio 1
[The best new music]
                           - BBC Radio 2 [Music & Entertainment]
                           - BBC Radio 3 [Classical, Jazz, World, Arts, Drama]
                           - BBC Radio 4 [Intelligent speech]
                           - BBC Radio 5 Live [Live news - Live sport]
                                                                                                   You can also listen to : 
                                                                                                   -
1Xtra 
                                                                                                   - 6 Music 
                                                                                                   - BBC 7 
                                                                                                   - 5 Live Sports Extra 
                                                                                                   - Local Radio

 

   penguinradio.com  <<<

also offers you many radios online

and podcasts


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20 juillet 2009 1 20 /07 /juillet /2009 15:27

Guess you have all heard of this American TV series
dealing with Wisteria Lane neighbourhood...

We know about Lynette and her five "lovely" kids,  Gabrielle's never-ending love & hate story
with Carlos, and Bree's freezing smile...
Not to mention Susan's legendary clumsiness, nor Eddie, the femme fatale of the series
who has now been replaced by a new neighbour -Kathrin.

You can watch them all in the Season 4 episodes, which are currently broadcast in France.
At the end of Season 4 is an insight of what's coming in Season 5 :
STOP !
Before watching, just read what I wrote after the video. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 
                                                                                                                              .   
                                                                                                                           .



I'm asking you not to read the French subtitles at first !
Watch the video **without reading them** : if you think it's hard,
you may cover the subtitles with a postcard, or any paper.
Just listen to the English sounds, the pictures will help you understand.
Hey, stop cheating, will you ?!

See ? You already understand quite a great deal : congratulations !
NOW you can watch the subtitled video  :o)

How would Walt Disney have pictured these women ? Well... just click
HERE !


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18 juillet 2009 6 18 /07 /juillet /2009 12:07

July 17, 2009 : Walter Cronkite dies at his home in New York.
He was 92 years old.




The anchorman dominated the television news industry
during one of the most changeful periods of American history.
He broke the news of the Kennedy assassination, reported extensively on
the Vietnam war, Civil Rights,  and Watergate.
Walter Cronkite seemed to embody TV journalism
and his iconic "That’s the way it is"
would end all his reports.

In 1973, he was named the "most trusted" public figure in the country by Americans,
in a public opinion poll.

____________________________________________________________________________
                                                                                                                         anchorman
 =  the main news reader on a television
                                                                                                                                or radio news programme



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12 juillet 2009 7 12 /07 /juillet /2009 19:37

                        
                     It looks as if these magpies had nothing
                            to do but
scoffing at a poor man :
                                  watch this commercial to discover how  :o)

 

 


 > > >  Magpies  are black and white birds which not only are common in France,
 but also in every continent.

 Some of them are attracted to small and
shiny objects
 and
thus have the reputation of being thieves.

 Gioacchino Rossini  (an Italian composer from the XIXth Century)
 thought of their reputation to find the title of one of his operas,
 "The Thieving Magpie" !
             
scoff at (V) : make fun of...,  laugh at...
                                                        shiny (adj) : glossy, that shines    [you know the verb... it's irregular !]
                                                        thus is a word introducing a consequence [a bit like "so", "consequently",
                                                                                           therefore"....]


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11 juillet 2009 6 11 /07 /juillet /2009 12:15


"Walk the Dinosaur" is taken from the soundtrack of "Ice Age 3"


Not only does Queen Latifah play Ellie the mammoth in the film,
but the American musician, rapper, actress and singer
also performs this catchy song.





Did you watch the original film ?
Then you may recognise her voice  ;o)
You can find the lyrics here  >>> 
"Walk the Dinosaur"

                                                                                catchy (adj) : a catchy song makes you feel like swinging and dancing...
                                      it's full of rhythm !


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10 juillet 2009 5 10 /07 /juillet /2009 17:19

This song tells the story of Elisa Day and her lover...
how romantic  
:-}
Yet, if you listen to its lyrics more attentively,
you'll also be told about murder !

 

 

The rock song was written by the Australian singer-songwriter Nick Cave
(vocals by the Australian pop-singer Kylie Minogue).
Nick Cave wrote the song after he heard the traditional song "The Willow Garden
",
which basically tells the story of a man courting a woman (Rose Connelly)
and eventually killing her.

"Where the wild roses grow" was released
in 1995
and became the band's most triumphant single
throughout the world.

Why not listen to it again while reading its lyrics ?

CHORUS
They call me 'The Wild Rose'
But my name was Elisa Day
Why they call me it I do not know
For my name was Elisa Day


From the first day I saw her I knew she was the one
As she stared in my eyes and smiled
For her lips were the colour of the roses
They grew down the river, all bloody and wild

When he knocked on my door and entered the room
My trembling subsided in his sure embrace
He would be my first man, and with a careful hand
He wiped the tears that ran down my face

CHORUS

On the second day I brought her a flower
She was more beautiful than any woman I'd seen
I said, 'Do you know where the wild roses grow
So sweet and scarlet and free?'

On the second day he came with a single rose
Said: 'Will you give me your loss and your sorrow?'
I nodded my head, as I layed on the bed
He said, 'If I show you the roses will you follow?'

CHORUS

On the third day he took me to the river
He showed me the roses and we kissed
And the last thing I heard was a muttered word
As he stood smiling above me with a rock in his fist

On the last day I took her where the wild roses grow
And she lay on the bank, the wind light as a thief
As I kissed her goodbye, I said, 'All beauty must die'
And lent down and planted a rose between her teeth

CHORUS

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30 juin 2009 2 30 /06 /juin /2009 19:39

TRAVEL  AROUND  THE  U.S.A.
WITH  THE  FAMOUS  CARTOONIST 
:o)
This cartoon was originally released in August 1939
(Robert Cameron Bruce is the narrator).
It was nominated for the Academy Award as "Best Cartoon of 1939".

  
This travelogue across America is filled with sight gags such as Indians who walk horizontally up and down the faces of cliffs to get to their homes, a Texas cow puncher who really punches cows, or Mr. Butter Fingers climbing the outside of the Empire State Building like a fly !

By the way... what is a travelogue ?
You'll find the definition  in the
>>> 
CAMBRIDGE ADVANCED LEARNER'S DICTIONARY

                     online

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22 juin 2009 1 22 /06 /juin /2009 10:08

... based upon an English rock band of the 60's :
the Beatles


Videogames, advertising and music blend into this smart 2'36" video
that advertises the upcoming music videogame : "THE BEATLES - Rock Band"

Today's music lovers are offered a chance to discover the "Fab' Four"
( = the fabulous four members of the Beatles band)-

 



The four friends from Liverpool  -John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr-
enjoyed a global celebrity.
At that time, the Fab Four  literally were the most famous human beings on the planet :
whether you liked it or not... the band shook the world :o)

Want to learn some more about the Beatles ?
Have a look at this :
the Beatles 
in "the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", a site run by the BBC.

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