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2 février 2016 2 02 /02 /février /2016 13:01

12 days to go... brush up your vocabulary :)

[Infographic by Grammar.net]

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8 juillet 2014 2 08 /07 /juillet /2014 11:25
You Sound Like You
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23 février 2014 7 23 /02 /février /2014 18:12

x sentence for each idiom.

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9 février 2013 6 09 /02 /février /2013 12:20

Match the British English words with their American English equivalent :

 

http://en.islcollective.com/wuploads/preview/big_islcollective_ame_vs_bre_nxpowerlite_234644dac920ba3ef71_53463003.jpg

 

 Here, you'll find another poster

displaying other pairs !

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6 novembre 2012 2 06 /11 /novembre /2012 19:33

Tonight the US political race

eventually ends, and we'll discover who the next American president is... but let me suggest you check a few common words as for the elections vocabulary !

Just click on the picture  below to get the full size infographic :

 

http://www.myenglishteacher.eu/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/10-Political-terms.png

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4 mars 2012 7 04 /03 /mars /2012 22:38

Watch the short sketch below...

And complete the different ways the young woman asked the man to repeat

"I'm sorry, I didn't quite ......................  that !" ---  "..................... you .................. that again ?"  ---  "One more ........................ ?"  ---  "I'm sorry, I .................. didn't ...................... that..."  ---  "I can't ................... a ...................... you're saying..."

You may reuse them wheneveryou need someone to repeat for you to hear more clearly something you haven't understood.

 

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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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