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 ?!
What For ?
Variety's on this English menu : have fun practising ! ~~~ Progresse en anglais au fil des divers articles et supports :-)
This flowchart's quite funny, and it's also useful to practise modal auxiliaries (If you like furry tails, you must / you should / you could / you can't...), negative forms (People who can't stand cold blooded animals will not / are not going to /...) -and specific vocabulary too : you can revise and improve it by finding other animals in the same category/species as the ones pictured on the illustration.
Last, but not least, more advanced learners may train their writing skills...
Caldwell Tanner's flowchart pretends(1)dogs are "companions", while cats (or rabbits, hamsters...) are "roommates you have to feed" : do you agree with him ? Why (not) ? Explain your answer and illustrate it with examples :o)
(1) Beware, "pretend" is a false friend to French learners -check it !
Flowchart created by Caldwell Tanner (currently head illustrator for collegehumor.com website)
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.
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)
"What would be your perfect day in Great Britain ? Where would you go ? And what would you do ? Who would you meet ? And what would you eat ?" You can create "your day exactly as you'd want it" on the "Sounds of Britain" interactive version.
TheDaily 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 ?
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."