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   ... to the 'Anglosphere' :o)
2 septembre 2009 3 02 /09 /septembre /2009 07:00

"It's the most wonderful time of the year"...
and it's today !


... though some fathers seem to enjoy it much more  than their kids !

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30 août 2009 7 30 /08 /août /2009 22:41
Still 10 minutes to go... and it will be "Blog Day" !

Tomorrow (at midnight ;-) will be the 5th Blog Day
  Blog Day 2009       < < <
BlogDay was created as a day when bloggers should be getting to know other bloggers,
from other countries and areas of interest.
Thus, on that day, bloggers will recommend other blogs to their blog visitors.

     

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28 août 2009 5 28 /08 /août /2009 22:31
Forestle is a search engine on the Internet,
as Exalead, AllTheWeb, or Google

Maybe you are wondering... "What's the difference ?!"
Well, each time you use   FORESTLE < < <
to search for information, "you save 0.1 m² of rainforest for free.
So far already 1,307,879.8 m² have been protected !"


                                                                               (1)
> > > HERE ,
you can change its settings : for instance,
you can modify the number of search results per page.






                                         Here's how FORESTLE  < < <
works !



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(1) / (2) :                                                                                                                                                                                                

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25 août 2009 2 25 /08 /août /2009 16:23


On this site :  newspapers.com  < < <
you can find most of the US press.


Reading press articles is also a smart way of practising, learning & improving  :o)
You needn't read long articles... and of course, you can choose topics you like :
even the weather forecasts or the comic strips will help you improve your English !


You can find a newspaper by state, or by city : h
ave a look at :
 > > >    newspapers.com : USA map search

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24 août 2009 1 24 /08 /août /2009 21:35
Listen to IRREGULAR VERBS forms   <<<
with these flash cards
  
Click their French translation first, make sure you know
their infinitive, preterite & past participle forms.
Then, check their spelling and finally listen to them.


These flash cards were created by Shtooka,
a project that shares this resource under the BY CC-license.



Licensed under the / Sous licence  Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0 France License 

Creative Commons License

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23 août 2009 7 23 /08 /août /2009 16:08


Four days ago,
   a "thinking ship" launching an S.O.S. 
showed you pronunciation is really essential to understand each another :o)


Now... a little training : the BBC learningenglish site proposes many exercises & quizzes
to help you learn & practise pronunciation.

 First, download  this   worksheet  < < < click !
      and print it. 
    

 Secondly, listen to this  mp3   audio file    < < < click !
      It will help you to complete questions 3 - 4 - 8 and 9
                                                                                                          You will find the answers in the end of the  document.
                                                                                                        Use them just to check your answer, because remember...
                                          cheating is no fun :-(
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Last, but not least.... I'd really like to thank my colleague, Mr RAYNAL, for reminding me of the wonderful
BBC pronunciation practising and learning links :o)


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21 août 2009 5 21 /08 /août /2009 16:04

Symphony in slang" was created by Tex Avery in 1951. This 6'43" cartoon includes a great deal of idioms : you will surely recognize some of them !
  At the beginning of the cartoon, a man has just arrived at Heavens' Gates. He speaks a weird language that Saint Peter hardly understands. For instance, he claims that he "was born with a silver spoon in his mouth"!


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 slang = a very informal language, rather spoken than written, used especially by particular groups of people ; ex : "guy" is a slang word for "man".
weird = strange / bizarre / odd

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19 août 2009 3 19 /08 /août /2009 17:39


You can't imagine how important pronunciation may be... !

Some French may find the English 'th' sound difficult to pronounce, for instance.
Well... the video advert below shows that some Germans find it difficult too.

 



"We are THinking"  is a far cry from  "We are Sinking" :
one single sound misunderstood may lead to disastrous mistakes !
I THink this advert does show you how important a good pronunciation is,

and phonetics help  ;o)
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                                                                   sink
(V) = er... honestly, you should know what it means  -it's an irregular verb !!
                                                                       All right : to those who don't remember : (to)  'sink' means... click here !    < < <  
                                                                  be a far cry from (sthing / sbdy) = be completely different from (sthing / sbdy)



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18 août 2009 2 18 /08 /août /2009 22:41

                                                           The year is...

1920 :     Tennessee guarantees women the right to vote : the 19th Amendment to the Constitution is ratified by the state.    
  On August 18, 1920 Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment. Its two
  sections read : "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or
  abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex".


1964 :                 South Africa was banned from the
        Summer Olympics in Tokyo...

   ... because of the apartheid policies.
  This ban effectively lasted until 1992.
                       What is    APARTHEID ?   <<<

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17 août 2009 1 17 /08 /août /2009 08:42

... A  FOREIGN  LANGUAGE TOO  !

[which is sometimes most  useful ;o)  ]



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