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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 ?!
"12 Years a Slave" trailer - English (French subtitles)
"[...] Solomon Northup was a free black man living in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. in 1841, when he was coaxed by “two gentlemen of respectable appearance” to travel to Washington, D.C. for employment. While there, he was beaten and sold into slavery, with his captors claiming he was a fugitive slave. He spent twelve years in bondage with three different masters in Louisiana before he was finally rescued — a feat which involved secretly smuggling a letter to his family and enlisting the help of the New York governor. [...]"
From "Text to Text | ‘Twelve Years a Slave,’ and ‘An Escape That Has Long Intrigued Historians’ " by Michael GONCHAR and Tom MARSHALL (the New York Times - October 2013)
Pour mieux manipuler la formation du prétérit et reconnaître le participe passé de verbes irréguliers je te propose un petit jeu de piste: munis-toi de ta liste des verbes irréguliers, puis cherche :
* 5 formes verbales au prétérit irrégulierd'un même verbe (un auxiliaire):
--> 3 sont immédiatement suivies du participe passé d'un autre verbe (il s'agit de formes passives), parmi lesquels: 2 verbes irréguliers (qui suivent un seul auxiliaire, attention) / 2 verbes réguliers -facile : ils se finissent en ... ?!
* 2 autres formes verbales au préterit: 1 verbe irrégulier / 1 verbe régulier.
Alors ?? Tu veux vérifier si tes "découvertes" sont bien les bonnes ? N'hésite pas à venir en fin de cours ;)
The map below shows about 190 "cinematic attacks" : Hollywood disaster movies have destroyed a great deal of U.S. cities, towns or regions (considering a broad definition of the "disaster" genre) :
- Monster attacks
- Creature attacks
- Climatic events
- Geologic events
- Alien attacks
- Space rocks
- Superhero battles
- Sharknado (= a tornado made up of sharks...
up to now, only one has been shot !)...
... are all located on U.S.A. maps -you can also view them all gathered on a unique map.
Besides, you get a list of the pinned films -with their release date, the specific location/city and the approximate location where the disaster took place in the film.
Click the illustration above to get the full article on
Pop Art originated in Britain in the mid 1950s
before it emerged in the USA in the 60s.
A challenge to traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular culture such as advertising, news, etc... it often combines material sometimes removed from its known context with other unrelated material. The concept of Pop Art refers to the attitudes that led to it, as much as to Pop Art itself.
Below is a slideshow style video by Christine Neale -presenting Pop Art and one of its most famous artists : Andy Warhol
Imdb Top 250...
and 50 more have been stuffed in this short video by Jonathan Kheog : can you recognize them ?! I can't
This year, the 84th Academy Awards
will be presented on Sunday, February 26. Click on the infographic below to get detailed information on the Academy Awards' history.
Jim Denevan makes temporary drawings on sand earth and ice that are eventually erased by waves and weather.
Not only does he create magical landscapes, but he also is a chef :-) He's been sketching his temporary natural pictures in Florida, California, NY, Canada and many other places. He's involved in several art projects -see his stunning land art on his website (photos) !
Here are some paintings illutrating spring :
The one I decided to start with was not painted by an English, American or any other English-speaking painter... yet, it is maybe the most famous allegory of the spring season in the world : can you recognise it ?
"La Primavera" by Sandro Botticelli
This one was painted by another Italian painter whose style is completely different and also famous nowadays :
"Primavera" by Arcimboldo
The painting below was painted by a Welsh painter :
"Spring" by Christopher Williams
If you look attentively at the painting below and analyse its style... I think you might guess who painted it :
it is "Fishing in Spring" by Vincent Van Gogh
"Early Spring" :
was finished in 1072 by Guo Xi
This one looks like a photograph but is also painting : its author was American, and you know him since you've studied some of his paintings this year... its title is "Spring Flowers" and it was painted...
... YES ! By Norman Rockwell :-)
Below, a much 'cheaper' and modern version of other spring flowers :
"Spring green" is manufactured and sold by ElleWeiDeco -though it's not "great" art, but rather a decorating product... I like it :)
Now practise : present each illustration, then describe it in detail. You can use the recap sheets that include locating prepositions and phrases and show how to locate people/things on a picture.
As a conclusion, tell which picture you like best and explain why.
Best film and Best Actor Awards to Colin Firth, for "The King's Speech".
" 'The King's Speech' was crowned with the best picture" - by Xan Brooks
(February 28, 2011) ; article below :
"Inception" got the best Sound Mixing and Sound Editing Awards.
I'm quoting these specific awards because I did like the films -esp. "Inception" and "The King's Speech"... but there is no point in listing all of them : you'll find them in "The Telegraph" article :