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  • Listening to the RADIO surely improves your English !

    21 juillet 2009 ( #MEDIA )

    The BBC Radio Homepage presents a series of channels that will help you improve both pronunciation and fluency > > > BBC International RADIO There, you can get INTERNATIONAL CHANNELS : the BBC World Service (news in English), BBC news in Russian, Arabic,...

  • What happened on July 22 ?

    22 juillet 2009 ( #HISTORY - PAST & PRESENT )

    On July 22, in... - 1588 : > > > The SPANISH ARMADA (an invasion fleet sent by Philip II of Spain) is sighted off the coast of Cornwall. - 1969 : US astronaut Neil Armstrong is the first man to walk on the moon, stepping down from Apollo 11. How much...

  • British history TIMELINE

    22 juillet 2009 ( #HISTORY - PAST & PRESENT )

    Visualising can help you understand educational programmes better... >>> The BBC has created a splendid TIMELINE illustrating BRITISH HISTORY , from the Neolithic until nowadays. Photo by Marcin Wichary - licence CC BY On the BBC Timeline , you can browse...

  • BIRTH and DEATH rates & CO2 EMISSIONS on EARTH

    23 juillet 2009 ( #A little bit of EVERYTHING )

    BREATHINGEARTH.NET As soon as you click on > > > BREATHINGEARTH the simulation starts. You can visualise people's birth and death rates all over the world.. The simulation also shows the carbon dioxyde emissions of every country in the world. You have...

  • "The Matrix" turned into "The Meatrix"

    14 août 2009 ( #ANIMATIONS - CARTOONS - COMIC STRIPS )

    "THE MEATRIX" I This cartoon should remind you of a 1999 sci-film : "The Matrix", dealing with a future world that was completely under control, where everyone and everything was fake. Leo (played by Keanu Reeves) was THE one hero who would save the world......

  • Animation : "The Bio Da Versity Code" parody

    27 juillet 2009 ( #CinemA-RT )

    Do you remember the parody of "The Matrix" ? Here is another parody : unlike the futuristic background of "The Meatrix", in this animation the scene is set in present times. Chances are you will recognize the film which inspired the animation below :o)...

  • Anti-racism advert

    28 juillet 2009 ( #ADVERTISING )

    A baby's staring at us... ... while the voice of a black man starts listing the various situations when his skin does not change colour. Sometimes publicity targeting have no commercial goal... And it happens to show smart adverts like this one : it was...

  • PRONOUNCE on Firefox

    29 juillet 2009 ( #LANGUAGEs )

    (1) Sometimes... we really don't know how to pronounce an unknown English word ! > > > " PRONOUNCE" is an interesting "add-on" (= a tool you can add onto Firefox) which gets you to hear the word pronunciation : > select the unknown word > right-click...

  • What happened on July 30 ?

    30 juillet 2009 ( #HISTORY - PAST & PRESENT )

    Today, July is nearly over Let's travel back into time : the year is... 1965 : President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law In December 1945, Truman had been the first president to propose national health insurance : at the time, the...

  • July 4 : Independence Day

    04 juillet 2010 ( #HISTORY - PAST & PRESENT )

    This Muppets' Pledge of Alliance parodies the US : Though the animation may look rather childish, it's full of history data. Try and answer these questions : 1) What are the three notions Sam the Eagle points out at the beginning of his speech ? 2) Which...

  • Worldwide freedom of the PRESS ~ Locations & Forms of POWER -and...

    04 août 2009 ( #>>BAC : entraînez-vous )

    ... also Spaces & Exchanges Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom : rankings map (2008) Every year, RWB establishes a ranking of countries as for their freedom of the press. The Worldwide press freedom index list is based on surveys sent to journalists...

  • American painters - Jackson Pollock

    05 août 2009 ( #CinemA-RT )

    Have you ever seen one of Pollock's paintings ? > > > JACKSON POLLOCK was an American influential artist. His technique of pouring and dripping paint is thought to be one of the origins of the phrase "action painting" . Beware : this... ... is only a...

  • American Painters - from Pollock to Rockwell

    05 août 2009 ( #CinemA-RT )

    The man must be an art connoisseur... A "pouring and dripping" paint work by Jackson Pollock appeared on this blog yesterday... today it looks as if a new one had appeared ! And yet, peer at the illustration closely : can't you see the signature ?? "The...

  • BBC Look North webcam...

    07 août 2009 ( #MEDIA )

    ... shows a weird thing flying by, behind the anchorman ! <<< Was it an UFO ?! Although the anchorman sounds slightly ironical, he asks for possible witnesses to give further information. By the way, do you know what the acronym "U.F.O." exactly means...

  • "The Switch" - Animation by Mathew Zack

    13 août 2009 ( #ANIMATIONS - CARTOONS - COMIC STRIPS )

    This 2'23'' animation ( released in September 2008) was presented by the Vancouver Film School Look at Jervis : he is having a snack while walking... and all of a sudden, a strange cube changes his life forever ! Has Jervis been too curious ? Some French...

  • What happened on August 18 ?

    18 août 2009 ( #HISTORY - PAST & PRESENT )

    The year is... 1920 : Tennessee guarantees women the right to vote : t he 19th Amendment to the Constitution is ratified by the state. On August 18, 1920 Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment. Its two sections read : "The right of citizens...

  • "Symphony in Slang" - a Tex Avery cartoon

    21 août 2009 ( #LANGUAGEs )

    Symphony in slang" was created by Tex Avery in 1951. This 6'43" cartoon includes a great deal of idioms : you will surely recognize some of them ! At the beginning of the cartoon, a man has just arrived at Heavens' Gates. He speaks a weird language that...

  • PRONUNCIATION is important... indeed !

    19 août 2009 ( #LANGUAGEs )

    You can't imagine how important pronunciation may be... ! Some French may find the English 'th' sound difficult to pronounce, for instance. Well... the video advert below shows that some Germans find it difficult too. "We are TH inking" is a far cry from...

  • Good manners on FACEBOOK

    22 avril 2009 ( #MEDIA )

    Do you have good Facebook manners ? "Timmy and Alice don’t. Watch their bad behavior to learn the dos and don’ts of Facebook etiquette." Timmy and Alice are in a typical 1950’s setting. The television, the 5 tube radio, the 'Remington Rand' typewriter,...

  • PRONUNCIATION quiz : practise & learn

    23 août 2009 ( #LANGUAGEs )

    Four days ago, a "thinking ship" launching an S.O.S. showed you pronunciation is really essential to understand each another :o) Now... a little training : the BBC learningenglish site proposes many exercises & quizzes to help you learn & practise pronunciation....

  • Irregular VERBS : practise with flash cards

    24 août 2009 ( #LANGUAGEs )

    Listen to IRREGULAR VERBS forms <<< with these flash cards Click their French translation first, make sure you know their infinitive, preterite & past participle forms. Then, check their spelling and finally listen to them. These flash cards were created...

  • American newspapers & magazines

    25 août 2009 ( #MEDIA )

    On this site : newspapers.com < < < you can find most of the US press. Reading press articles is also a smart way of practising, learning & improving :o) You needn't read long articles... and of course, you can choose topics you like : even the weather...

  • A search engine to save forests - FORESTLE

    28 août 2009 ( #A little bit of EVERYTHING )

    Forestle is a search engine on the Internet , as Exalead, AllTheWeb, or Google Maybe you are wondering... "What's the difference ?!" Well, each time you use FORESTLE < < < to search for information, "you save 0.1 m² of rainforest for free. So far already...

  • August 31 : BLOG DAY !

    30 août 2009 ( #The INTERNET - Social MEDIA )

    Still 10 minutes to go... and it will be "Blog Day" ! Tomorrow (at midnight ;-) will be the 5th Blog Day < < < BlogDay was created as a day when bloggers should be getting to know other bloggers, from other countries and areas of interest. Thus, on that...

  • Taming the flu ? Tamiflu !

    11 novembre 2009 ( #A little bit of EVERYTHING )

    The origins of proper nouns may be surprising... "Tamiflu" : by now, most of you have already heard this name. It is the medecine aimed at curing the H1N1 flu. We may either have watched/heard it on TV, read it in newspapers or magazines... or heard it...

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