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   ... to the 'Anglosphere' :o)
13 février 2012 1 13 /02 /février /2012 09:09

The   poster   below  highlights   odd   English   phrases  &  idioms   that   sound  sometimes   funny   to  foreign  learners :  

  

http://busyteacher.org/uploads/posts/2011-09/1316734840_crazy-language-poster-small.png

Created by Richard LEDERER (busyteachers.org)

Clicking on the illustration  gets you to the full-size picture

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6 novembre 2011 7 06 /11 /novembre /2011 16:39
A vocabulary recap sheet on films, the cinema, etc...
Click on the PICTURE below :
thumb movie film camera
to access the specific lexis : words and phrases that might be of some use whenever talking about movies or to prepare a film review.
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23 juin 2011 4 23 /06 /juin /2011 09:26

English words derive from many languages :

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/98/Origins_of_English_PieChart.svg/250px-Origins_of_English_PieChart.svg.png

Loads of words of French origins have entered the English language : as a result, so have a great number of Latin words. Most of French-originating words date from the centuries after the 1066 Norman Conquest  -since England got ruled by Norman-speaking administrations then.

Various surveys and studies have showed almost 30% of all English words have a French origin.

Click on the book below to access a list of French words/phrases used in English :

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/91/Open_book_nae_French_flag.png/120px-Open_book_nae_French_flag.png

You might get interested in Wikipedia's article on Anglicisation too :

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Nuvola_United_Kingdom_flag.svg/120px-Nuvola_United_Kingdom_flag.svg.png

Anglicisation consists of "converting verbal or written elements of any other language into a form that is more comprehensible to an English speaker". More generally, anglicising is "altering words or phrases" so that they "become English (in form or character)".

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22 décembre 2010 3 22 /12 /décembre /2010 14:39

5,000,000,000 words

It looks as if Google assembled the largest collection of words

ever gathered online !

http://www.clker.com/cliparts/4/f/1/8/12401617742042813282Gartus_Man_with_book_1.svg.thumb.png

These words have been taken "from 5 million books published over the past four centuries."

 Read the article >>> "Google Book Tool

tracks cultural Change with Words"

on 'npr' website

All of these words have become part of a database Harvard researchers are interested in : they say this new tool is powerful enough to help analyse cultural change. "The words are a product of Google's book-scanning project. The company has converted approximately 15 million books so far into electronic documents. That's about 15 percent of all books ever published. It includes books published in English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Russian and Hebrew."  (the article was written by Dan CHARLES - December 16, 2010)

Click on the npr logo :  http://media.npr.org/chrome/news/nprlogo_138x46.gif

LISTEN to 'All Things considered',
the 04'15" AUDIO file (mp3) corresponding to the article.

  Here >>> http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Education/thumb_subject_book_red.pngyou can read

the transcript of the mp3 file

 

Still...  let us not forget it is but a tool :o)


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12 octobre 2010 2 12 /10 /octobre /2010 08:35

First, take this quiz :

     
 
                               C O L O U R S

   1) The name of a flower is also the other

        name of this colour :

    forget-me-not
  violet
  pink
  silver
 

 

A second mindmap, below   This one includes some of these colour idioms.

mindmap.jpg

It'll help you check some of your answers.

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10 octobre 2010 7 10 /10 /octobre /2010 23:01

Colours are often used to describe and qualify :

V0C_colours-mindmap.jpgClick this   illustration

to view a mind-map I've just prepared to help you revise their names.

 

Click >>> COLOURS <<<  & listen to

their pronunciation :o)

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7 octobre 2010 4 07 /10 /octobre /2010 13:50

 

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a5/Leonardo_da_Vinci-_Vitruvian_Man.JPG

Click above to view

the body and its different parts :

First, listen to the 42" audio file : it lists different parts of the body that you can see on the drawings . They are pronounced a litlle fast... but you can already recognize   many of them.  Then, put the mouse pointer on each blank circle :

you will read the name of the part of the body...

and you'll hear its pronunciation too  :-)

_____________________________

You can also revise the

VOCABULARY of the main parts of the FACE / HEAD

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15 septembre 2010 3 15 /09 /septembre /2010 16:43

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/23/GeoreOrwell.jpg

Click on the photo ^^^                           

to get the vocabulary naming the main elements of a man's head / face.

 

The photo we used this week is the portrait of a famous British journalist and writer...

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/23/GeoreOrwell.jpg

Photo in the Public Domain

You asked me who the man was. Well... you must find the answer :o)   [why not use  Wikipedia ?]

Remember the clues I gave you : he was born in the beginning of the 20th century (1903) and wrote a famous novel : "1984". 

Who is he ??

You can write a comment to send me your answer... when you find it !

 

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5 avril 2010 1 05 /04 /avril /2010 18:18

To make your English more authentic

you also need to use typical English phrases, sayings... idioms.

 

For instance, most of you know that when in France "Il pleut des cordes" -i.e. "It's raining ropes"- the British would rather say "It's raining cats and dogs" !

easter-eggs.gif

 

Since it's still Easter, eggs are still on the menu today : I've prepared a worksheet presenting a few phrases and idioms that include the word "egg" : practise with 2 brief activities !

Just click on the above ^^ picture to get the worksheet

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