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   ... to the 'Anglosphere' :o)
30 septembre 2009 3 30 /09 /septembre /2009 20:09


"Mary & Max" was released in January, 2009 in the U.S.A.
(today, it's being released in France)

Mary Dinkle is a chubby eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne. Max Horovitz is an obese Jewish man 44 years old who lives in New York.
The lonely little girl and the man with Asperger’s Syndrome start writing each other. They get to know each other and become friends.

Mary and Max’s friendship will last more than twenty years... and cross two continents !
It will also survive a great deal of life’s ups and downs.
Though the film is innocent  -but not naive-  it explores various topical issues. . .  I hope you'll enjoy its trailer :o)
                                             chubby = (especially of children) fat in a pleasant            
                  and attractive way  
                                          Asperger’s Syndrome = a category of autistic syndrome
                                  a great deal of = an important quantity of / lots of
                    trailer bande annonce. (d'un film)

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20 septembre 2009 7 20 /09 /septembre /2009 19:52

I've just finished transcribing the video (September 18)

that shows a New York guided tour...

http://png-3.findicons.com/files/icons/628/shiny_lockers/128/locker_notebook.png Click  ^^^ above

and read the script of the video !

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19 septembre 2009 6 19 /09 /septembre /2009 21:45

Watch the NY City guided tour video (Friday 17)...

and answer this quiz !



New York City
      1) Central Park is in the middle of...
  Little Italy
  Battery Park

By the way, if you observe the blog main page...

you should be able to see Brooklyn Bridge /

be attentive... the picture's quite small  :o) 

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18 septembre 2009 5 18 /09 /septembre /2009 20:57

New York is often referred to as New York City (NYC)...

800px-Apfel 05    ... or the City of New York,


to distinguish it from the state of New York. It is also nicknamed 'Big Apple'. The city is the centre of the New York metropolitan area (one of the most populous areas in the world).

A street (& water !) tour of a few New York City's most famous places and tourist attractions :

New York strongly influences global commerce, finance, media, culture, art, fashion, research, education, and entertainment. It hosts the United Nations Headquarters and is therefore an important centre for international affairs.


Apple illustration by jacoon, under CC BY-SA license

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13 septembre 2009 7 13 /09 /septembre /2009 23:45
Hampton Court Palace was started building in 1514 for Cardinal Wolsey

I told you about this palace on your latest English lesson...
that's why I'd really like you to see what Hampton Court looks like  :o)

In the beginning, Cardinal Wolsey was one of Henry VIII's favourites... but as he couldn't help accomplish the divorce between the King and Catherine of Aragon (his first wife) he fell from grace.
Hoping to regain the King's favour, the Cardinal then presented him his palace...  But this failed too : in the late 1520's, Henry VIII finally kept it !

The above photo shows Anne Boleyn's Gateway and the Great Hall from Base Court.
Henry's had his second wife executed for adultery : today, Anne Boleyn is said to be one of the ghosts in the palace, hence her haunting Hampton Court corridors.

The Fountain Court by Christopher Wren (a famous English architect)
who modernized Hampton Court from 1689 to 1702.

The south front and flower gardens
This photo highlights Hampton Court's huge size.
Nowadays it is open to the public and has become a major tourist attraction.

The British royal family hasn't lived in the royal palace since the 18th century. Located south west London, it is 11.7 miles (18.8 km) south west of Charing Cross and upstream of Central London on the River Thames.
ca. = circa = about / approximately
(to) fall from grace = do something which makes people in authority stop liking you or admiring you

  hence = that is the reason/explanation for
                         located = situated
  upstream  = en amont d'un cours d'eau (stream = courant)

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12 septembre 2009 6 12 /09 /septembre /2009 23:10

Nov. 12, 2016 update : Guess-the-google is temporarily offline for maintenance. Hopefully back online soon.

Guess the word that made Google
answer by showing these pictures !
Here is the rule of  "Guess-the-Google" game : while you watch a group of pictures (max. 20"), you have to guess which word search these illustrations are issued from. Each game includes 16 series of pictures.

> > >  CLICK on the above picture to start the game

To get a smart score, you have to be quick.
Though some searches are rather easy to guess, others are harder to find ; moreover, from time to time you'll learn new words... be careful not to become an addict :o)

be issued from = be the result/ consequence of          though = although
An addict = a person who cannot stop doing or using something, especially something harmful   

 Illustration under a CC BY-SA License by Jensminor - See : http://www.flickr.com/photos/jensminor/57782535/


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11 septembre 2009 5 11 /09 /septembre /2009 23:05

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

is an American public broadcasting television service. This non-profit service gathers 354 TV stations in the U.S.A. : they are its collective owners. PBS east coast headquarters are in Alexandria (Virginia).

"American Experience" is PBS companion : this site deals with events and people in American history.
The series features more than 200 films : discover their background and learn more about history !
 Click on the map to watch the films online !

These films are classified alphabetically but also by theme, by era and by season : it'
s up to you  :o)

(to) gather =
to collect several things, often from different places or people
 (to) feature = to include someone or something as an important part
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11 septembre 2009 5 11 /09 /septembre /2009 20:20

Most often, "Cable News Network" is referred to by its initialism : CNN
This major American cable news network was founded in 1980 by Ted Turner.
CNN was the first network to offer a twenty-four seven television news coverage, and the first all-news television in the United States.

Click on this old style TV set  to watch CNN live video.
or twenty-four seven = twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week

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10 septembre 2009 4 10 /09 /septembre /2009 20:01

             What happened on September 10 ?

In 1939. . .
     Canada declared war on Germany, entering WWII
   -the first and only time Canada has declared war
    on another country on its own.
    < < <  Click on Canada to learn more about it

In 1963. . .
                           Twenty black students entered public schools
                         in Birmingham, Tuskegee and Mobile (Alabama),
following a standoff between federal authorities and Governor George C. Wallace :
Governor Wallace sent National Guard troops to keep black students out, but President Kennedy reversed Wallace by ordering the troops to  stand down < < <

In 1967. . .
   Gibraltar votes to remain British (12,138  to  44).

In 2002. . .
    Switzerland became the 190th member of the United Nations
(1) Photograph : U.S. Public Domain                      WWII = the Second World War

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9 septembre 2009 3 09 /09 /septembre /2009 15:55
"This is no picnic for me either,   buster  !"   < < <
his mother sometimes told him during extra lessons at... 04:00 a.m. !

Six-year-old Barack's mother left Hawaïï to work in Jakarta (Indonesia). She couldn't afford to send him to school, because it was too expensive.... and then decided to give him extra lessons herself. As she worked, the only moment she could do it was at four thirty a.m., and at that time little Barack happened to fall asleep at the kitchen table !

On September 8, the President told  this anecdote to Virginia students in Arlington. On this video,. President Obama arrives at abou 02' 00", after a student has finished the 'welcome speech'.

By telling us this bit of his own story at the beginning of his address, President Barack Obama emphasizes that he also does know that giving youngsters an education might be hard... and he also knows how hard it might be for youngsters   to keep up with    < < <
their education !

                                                     four thirty in the morning (especially U.S.) = half past four in the morning           
   (to) emphasize = (to) insist on / (to) outline                      
a youngster = someone who is young                  

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