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   ... to the 'Anglosphere' :o)
20 février 2011 7 20 /02 /février /2011 19:56

"The wondrous openness of the mind of a child"

"Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another -- by listening to the humans around them and "taking statistics" on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world." Not only is her talk most interesting, but it is also humorous :

Co-director of the Institute for Brain and Learning Sciences at the University of Washington Patricia Kuhl works on early language and brain development : her worldwide recognised studies show how young children learn. Kuhl’s work has played a major role in demonstrating how early exposure to language alters the brain. It has implications for critical periods in development, for bilingual education and reading readiness, for developmental disabilities involving language, and for research on computer understanding of speech.

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25 septembre 2010 6 25 /09 /septembre /2010 14:49

The Most Widely Spoken Languages in the world & the countries they are spoken in

I know the illustration below looks like a map of London tube ... but  actually, it shows the most widely spoken languages in the world and the countries where people speak them :

if you click on the map below,http://www.pstranslation.co.uk/images/ps-translation-languages.jpg

you'll find out English is the 2nd most widely spoken language (329,000,000 speakers worldwide -it's pictured yellow). Chinese is the first one (825,000,000 speakers worldwide - grey) and Spanish comes third (328,000,000 speakers worldwide - blue)

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22 septembre 2010 3 22 /09 /septembre /2010 20:56


"Everybody deserves the chance to benefit from the cultural and economic advantages language skills can bring. Learning languages also helps to develop tolerance and understanding between people from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds." say Council of Europe Secretary General Walter Schwimmer and the European Commissioner Viviane Reding.

           The 10th European Day of Languages is                              on Sunday 26, 2010 !

               WHAT is it ?            WHO is it FOR












Knowledge of English in Europe  (1)


Knowledge of German  (2)













                                Knowledge of Italian (3)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e2/Knowledge_of_Spanish_EU_map.svg/572px-Knowledge_of_Spanish_EU_map.svg.pngKnowledge of Spanish











                                                       Knowledge of French (5) 


Details of the 5 maps in Wikipedia "Languages of the European Union" article.

(1)  by NuclearVacuum under CC BY-NC-SA Unported license  / (2) by HernauMan, in the Public Domain  /  (3), (4) by Té y Kriptonita, in the Public Domain / (5) by Addicted04, in the Public Domain  

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2 juin 2010 3 02 /06 /juin /2010 21:50

Here's a grammar sheet I've just prepared to help my little frogs cope with choosing a quantifier, for it isn't easy... there are so many of them !!


Click on ^^^ the folder

to get the recap :the main quantifiers are categorized in a table which is meant to help you :o)

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29 avril 2010 4 29 /04 /avril /2010 13:37

A funny BBC teacher introduces you idioms connected with 'tea' :


All right... instead of trying to imitate the rude noises you've heard in the end of the video, you'd better find a French equivalent to the 3 idioms you've just learnt in the video !

Check your answers in the

green folder  <<<  click !



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11 avril 2010 7 11 /04 /avril /2010 22:10

Can you imagine reasons why learn English ?   

As for me, before I started learning English at school, I loved the songs I listened to and most of them had English lyrics...

... thus, I learned English because I did love the music of its words :-)

What about you ?

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31 mars 2010 3 31 /03 /mars /2010 15:17

- ING    - ED  adjectives


Many English adjectives qualifying emotion/feeling are formed from the  -ed and -ing  forms of the corresponding verb. 

If something is puzzling, it provokes a reaction : it acts on you.

When you are puzzled, you react to something puzzling (someoneor something else has provoked your reaction : you are passive). 

Click   >>>   HERE

to view tables that include verbs expressing positive and negative feelings / the corresponding adjectives and nouns..

Click on the computer  <<<


  to practise with an  MCQ !

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12 mars 2010 5 12 /03 /mars /2010 19:42
Be ready... the English you're about to listen
is quite different from mine :)

And yet, teenagers are speaking here : I've just stumbled upon this BBC video featuring pupils from a Londonderry College. Listen to Northern Irish pupils talking about the slang they're familiar with : click on the map...

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d4/NImap-CIA.jpgMap from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (Public Domain)

Coping with both slang and Northern Irish accent... not easy, eh ? ;o)

(to) stumble upon = to discover something by chance, or to meet someone by chance
(to) cope with = to deal successfully with a difficult situation

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12 mars 2010 5 12 /03 /mars /2010 10:47
Here's a short podcast from "Wait wait... don't tell me !"

Click on the headphones and listen to this short report...
Not only must punctuation be properly written... but it must also be properly 'spoken' !


"Wait wait... don't tell me !" is daily on air, on  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/d/df/Npr_logo.svg/163px-Npr_logo.svg.pngClick on npr 's logo to read Wikipedia's article on this American media organisation.
Thanks so much to S. Leray, the colleague who had me discover npr podcasts ;o)
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7 octobre 2009 3 07 /10 /octobre /2009 07:32
 This word is unusual : 
 every time you remove one of its letters, 
  it changes into another one... 
... until you get a one-letter word  -which still has a meaning !
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