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Libre à qui le souhaite de tisser ici ses propres fils avec ceux d'un blog à la trame dessinée par l'anglais et son univers. Orientés par exemple par l'histoire, l'humour, la musique ou le cinéma ses vidéos, textes, sons, illustrations -etc- viennent y prolonger les thèmes explorés en cours, et j'y publie des ressources conçues pour enrichir la pratique de la langue. S'il peut devenir outil de progression, je souhaite aussi qu'il vous procure plaisir et parfois même amusement... why not ?!
St Patrick's Day
Let's brush up a few words related to this worldwide famous Irish tradition : check this basic visual vocabulary reminder !
Focus on this history of the saint patron of Ireland :
Then test your listening comprehension and answer this
Tomorrow -on March 17th, you can also choose some typically Irish recipes, and prepare tasteful surprises for your family and friends : you can find loads of them by searching the Internet.
Some of them are delicious -some others are a pleasure for the eyes as well... Click the picture below to discover the
Luck o' the Irish Brownie
recipe... yummy :o)
The name "leprechaun" may have various origins : from the Irish Gaelic word "leipreachan", it means "a kind of aqueous sprite". It also could be from "leath bhrogan", which means "shoemaker. It's the Irish term for a supernatural race in Irish mythology and Scottish mythology -comparable to fairies or elves.
Some folk traditions hold that leprechauns are descendants of the Tuatha de Danann. According to the Book of Invasions, when the Milesians came to Ireland they conquered the Tuatha de Danann and forced them to live underground (this connects them to the aes-sidh.
FAIRIES & other Irish MYTHS
and LEGENDS :
Click the picture of the fairy :
Elementary - A1/A2
Click this dancing leprechaun
20 Irish family names
This infographic tells us about the 20 most common Irish family name.
You'll find their meaning, their Latin motto (+ English translation), where in Ireland they are more commonly located, and a few facts about their history and origins... most interesting !
The infographic was created "by the people at GoIreland.com" (former #1 accomodation booking engine).
The video displays places and events we currently consider typically British : hence a series of corresponding sounds, such as tea pouring from a tea pot :o)
THE IDEA OF PROGRESS
The Daily Telegraph TECH news reporter Miranda Prynne tells us about the top emerging technologies : a top ten list has been composed by the WEF (World Economic Forum) : each innovating technology was selected for its actual "positive impact on the world".
Click the Telegraph logo and read the article
(26 Feb 2014)
Here's the full list of the top 10 emerging technologies :
Mining metals from desalination brine
Nanostructured carbon composites
Grid-scale electricity storage
Body-adapted wearable electronics
Nanowire lithium-ion batterie:
Human microbiome therapeutics
Quantified self (predictive analytics)
Would you reorder the ten technologies differently ?
Which one would be your #1 ? Which one would be your #10 ? Why ?
Explain your answers.
Have you ever heard of the "L.U.S.A." ? :o)
Have a glance at this map :
it's a map of the Literary United States of America !
The map was created by Geoff SAWERS and Bridget Hannigan, and dealt with by Simon GARFIELD "Mapping America Writers", an article from The Economist 's Intelligent Life website (November 2012).
Nowadays word clouds allow us to create any kind of picture-shaped meaningful groups of words. Computers help us do them, but... literary maps aren't recent !
Geoff Sawers and Bridget Hannigan also created literary maps of....
the United Kingdom :
The literary map of Wales
was created by Geoff Sawers and Gwyn Tudur Davies
Mind that the authors' names are not randomly located on the map : as Simon GARFIELD explains in his article, as for the U.S.A., "The project exposed literary trends : a tight concentration of old-school stars in the east, and of younger, more experimental writers spreading, pioneer-style, westwards."