13 février 2011
Tomorrow will be the day when lovers celebrate... hearts and flowers will pop out here and there :)
There's a great deal of idioms, sayings and phrases illustrating love (or related to this word )... I've collected some of them in this 'lexis - recap' sheet. There is no translation because the examples are plain and easy to understand : all you have to do to get the vocabulary sheet is click on the cartoon "bear in love"
The infographic below ⇓ illustrates a series of data about love relationships evolving -in different countries, and at different life ages (clicking on the illustration gets you to the full size picture) :
As for a short history of St Valentine's Day, you have to be patient... until February 14 :o)
9 janvier 2011
"America by numbers"
is an infographic that illustrates the Americans' changes
[click on the illustration to get the full-size picture]
Can you guess which of their habits has increased... so that it makes them look a bit more like the French ?? Below, you can also read the related article from the NY Times, by Sam Roberts (January 7, 2011) -it is rather short :
"U.S. Portrait, ⇓ in numbers"
5 novembre 2010
Diwali falls on the 15th day of the dark fortnight...
In 2010, it means both Diwali and Bonfire Night fall the same day :
Diwali falls in the auspicious Hindu month of Kartik (= October or November in the English calendar). Diwali day 2010 falls on the "amavasya", or the "no moon day". Diwali date comes 20 days after the popular festival of Dussehra (or Vijaya Dashmi). .
On the third day, lots of small clay lamps (called diyas) and candles are lit and placed in houses. Fireworks are also sparked everywhere... hence the name of Diwali : the “Festival of Lights”.
The "pink city" of Jaipur (in Rajasthan) is one of the best places to celebrate Diwali. Each year there's a competition for the best decorated and most brilliantly lit up market. That dazzling display attracts visitors from all over India.
Have you watched the videos and read the article ?
Then you are ready for this short quiz :o)
(1) Photos by m4r00n3d / Rohit Matto under license CC BY-NC-ND
30 octobre 2010
This video clip aims at telling you all you've ever
dreamt of knowing about pumpkins ;o)
Watch it once...
then, try to answer the QUIZ :
27 octobre 2010
Little more than 3 days left before All Hallows Eve,
Click on the illustration ⇓ below
to view the full-size infographic timeline
telling the history of Halloween !
24 octobre 2010
Pumpkin carvings can be genuine masterpieces
Carving pumpkins is specific to Halloween traditions :
some people even turn this craft into art !
A Magnificent Dragon
Who's the superhero popping out
of the pumpkin ?!
Will you follow the
pumpkin's advice ?
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Can you recognize this cat ?
All these pumpkin carvings & photos were created by
Wayne Hamilton and are under a CC BY-NC-ND license
You'll find a great deal more on Wayne Hamilton's Picasa gallery
3 octobre 2010
From 3 to 14 October, the Commonwealth Games
are held in Dehli -India
A tiger is the mascot of the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Here, you can see Shera on a stamp.
"DELHI, Oct 3 – Prince Charles opened the 19th Commonwealth Games on Sunday at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in a spectacular opening ceremony that evoked the cultures and traditions of ancient and modern India. It is the first time India has hosted the Games and only the second time the event has been held in Asia, after Kuala Lumpur in 1998. [...]"
In the video-clip below, you can see the Queen's Baton Relay for the 2010 Commonwealth Games started in October... 2009 !
Watch the route the Baton needs to travel to reach its final destination : Dehli. [00'26"]
Dehli's Commonwealth Games ^^^ facts & figures
Click on the photo to view...
Commonwealth Games photos on the BBC website.
15 septembre 2010
Do you live nearby Paris ? ... Lucky you !! :o)
Vincennes is hosting the fifth
on September 23, 24, 25 and 26.
Writers will make you travel throughout Canada, Cuba, Haiti, Mexico and the U.S.A. The Festival America is now famous : it aims at getting you discover and know the cultures of North America, not only through their literature, but also their cinema, photography, dance, music or fine arts.
Have a look at the
>>> 2010 Programme
8 septembre 2010
US Route 66
First, click on the photo to get a short Wikipedia (simple English) article
Here is >>> a French radio programme about the Road 66 :
a Geography Professor (Olivier Archambeau - Parix VIII) went there
with two of his students, and made a kind of "geophotographic" tour.
The programme ("Planète Terre") podcast (about 30') shares their voyage and their feelings.
This trip is part of a worldwide project : making an iconographic account of the landscapes and human activities that border the great historic routes in the world.
Today, the audio podcast file's in French... I hope you'll enjoy it !
(1) = Photo under CC BY-SA license, by Fabio Pozzato
(to) be part of = (to) belong
make an account of.... = (here) tell the story of...
1 août 2010
A 07'09" video explains the assets of the Ivy League
now might have become their flaw
Click on the photo (1) ^^^
and scroll down to watch the video.
The prestigious Ivy League Colleges (Columbia, Princeton, Harvard...) are used to generating America's elite : from President Obama -and the First Lady- to all the judges in the Supreme Court, now. This exclusive educational system is meant to give birth to nearly cloned and moulded winners : a system that's more and more criticized by the Americans. To such an extent, that learning from failure... starts being taught there !
Sylvie Laurent, a French senior lecturer -and an America specialist- teaching in Paris 'Sciences Po', decodes the Ivy League : though she speaks French the document sounds interesting :-)
(1) Photo of Cornell University by Cornellian24 -released in the Public Domain.
Cornell belongs to the Ivy League : it is in Ithaca -New York-
and was founded in 1865. Your can see ivy covering part of its buildings...