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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 ?!
English words derive from many languages :
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 :
You might get interested in Wikipedia's article on Anglicisation too :
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)".
It looks as if Google assembled the largest collection of words
ever gathered online !
These words have been taken "from 5 million books published over the past four centuries."
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)
Still... let us not forget it is but a tool :o)
Click above ⇑ to view
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
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...
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 !
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" !
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