Voici une vidéo pour tous les amoureux des animaux. Bien sûr, si vous parlez anglais, ce ne sera toujours un bonus 🙂
Here is something cute for all animal lovers to watch, whether you speak English or not.
In our adavanced class, we’ve been talking about gossip. Is a gossip the same as a rumor ? Do you think gossip could cause harm to anybody ? Why do people read tabloids ? So many questions worth asking …
Meanwhile, here is a piece of wisdom we might benefit from 🙂 Enjoy !
One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance, who ran up to him excitedly and said, “Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students?”
“Wait a moment,” Socrates replied. “Before you tell me, I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Test of Three.”
“Test of Three?”
“That’s correct,” Socrates continued. “Before you talk to me about my student let’s take a moment to test what you’re going to say. The first test is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”
“No,” the man replied, “actually I just heard about it.”
“All right,” said Socrates. “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now let’s try the second test, the test of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my student something good?”
“No, on the contrary…”
“So,” Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about him even though you’re not certain it’s true?”
The man shrugged, a little embarrassed.
Socrates continued, “You may still pass though because there is a third test – the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my student going to be useful to me?”
“No, not really…”
“Well,” concluded Socrates, “if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?”
The man was defeated and ashamed and said no more…
Next time you feel the need to speak about anyone, ask yourself first; Is it true? Is it Good? Is it useful?
Aujourd’hui, je vous propose un petit voyage dans le temps, pour découvrir à quoi ressemblait Londres il y a environ un siècle, plus précisément en 1927. Vous serez certainement surpris en comparant ces images avec la ville moderne … Un habitant du début du siècle retrouverait certainement son chemin aujourd’hui et pourrait prendre presque le même bus 🙂
Cette semaine, les “grands” ont voyagé dans le temps, pour se mettre dans la peau d’un immigré européen du XIXème siècle. Laissant derrière eux leur terre natale, ils devaient s’embarquer pour la terre promise (les Etats-Unis). Leur devoir consistait à écrire une lettre à leurs proches, une mère, un frère, un cousin, laissé en Europe, dans laquelle ils décrivaient leurs aventures d’immigré. Voici un petit exemple de missive, et la réponse qui y fut donnée.
New York, December 1 st,
Hello Walt, my dear friend ,
I have been in America since July 1st ; as you know, I boarded the “Western Great” from Bristol on June 13th, 1870 ; the journey was long and difficult ; one afternoon ,we had a terrible storm with many big waves, the biggest I’ve ever seen. Many people on the boat were ill, including me.
Despite the weather, every evening, I took a little time to think of what I would do when I would arrive to New York , the country of freedom and large spaces ! If I am alive after this boat trip, I will be the first one of my family to live abroad .I could work in a library ; New York will certainly be a very big city and after this horrible Civil War, people will certainly want to read novels and romance novels like Charlotte Temple by Susanna Rowson.
At first, when we arrived , I thought I was back in England in London but It was just the harbor which seemed the same.
Afterwards, I realized that New York gathers a lot of nationalities: French, Italian, Polish, German, Spanish . Everyone has come to America to look for a better life .
I couldn’t find work in a library ; they didn’t hire anyone ; in the future, if I work hard , I will be able to open a shop , a bookshop . Imagine, dear Walter , a shop only with books ! . So for now, I work as a reporter for the “New York Herald”. The topic of my first report was my boat trip and the people I met . I like to write about people’s life.
I have a lot of ideas : I could meet this woman named Mary Cassatt who painted as the impressionists ; she lives in Pittsburg in Pennsylvania . I could meet her and make an interview for my newspaper.
Although I ‘m not very wealthy, if my boss agrees, I could take “ The Trans America “; it’s a train which goes from New York to San Francisco. On the one hand, I could talk with people and make a paper for the NYH and, on the other hand I could see San Francisco.
I’m also a little homesick ; I wouldn’t return to England , definitely too foggy, and too many people are so snobbish! But, as for you my dear Walt, my childhood friend, I miss you . When are you coming ? Spring, New Yorkers say it’s very beautiful here ; and we could spend a weekend on the coast near Rhode Island.
Looking forward to hearing from you ,
London, 21th December 1870
My dear Brian
What a good day, finally I have got news from you. You are in New York, in good health and you have found a job. I phoned your parents this morning, they are happy and relieved to know you are unharmed.
You are so fiery! Going off so, with too little money, venturing into a new life. Why would you want me to come join you! I’m not moody, I would not leave so rashly and settle far away. I’m well in London.
If I were alone, I could perhaps do it, even though I would rather go to Paris. But I have my family, my job. Talking about it, I have to tell you I’m now working as a reporter at “the Daily Telegraph “and I’m covering important events. I know it used to be your job before you went off. If you were not so far away, we could work together, as usual.
You talk about New York and its events, but London is not a small town where nothing happens. The city is expanding more and more. We have now 1000 omnibus and as many taxis, a lot of exhibitions, artists, renowned painters, writers. I don’t need to go to New York to read a good book.
You tell me you hope to find a job in a library, but I think you don’t enough know about books, Suzanne Rowson is long dead and her novel “Charlotte Temple” is outdated. Only young girls read it. Here, we also have famous writers like, for example, Lewis Carroll and his renowned “Alice”.
I find out you like art displays. If Mary Cassatt were famous, I would have heard about her, but here, in London, it is not so.
You’d like to travel, to go through America by train from New York to San Francisco. But it must be very dangerous, how many days does it take? I haven’t heard anything about Trans America. Are you sure there is a regular line? In the end I could be wrong, but I don’t think so.
I worry a lot about you, you just arrived and you want to do so many things! You should be more careful, you’re always been so naive, so confident. There must be lots of crooks and thieves in this big city. You should keep away from strangers and look for honest friends, who could help you.
I really wish you succeeded in these ways, accomplished your dreams and were happy. Move forward, mind your own business and earn a lot of money. If you are lucky, you will succeed. Maybe, one day, you will be rich!
But If you have a hard time, you can come back home, your friends will always be very happy to see you again.
Your oldest pal, Walt
Hello everyone !
Cette année 2016-2017 va réserver bien des changements. La Franc et les Etats-Unis vivent une histoire parallèle. En effet, avant d’élire notre propre président, nous allons assister à l’élection présidentielle américaine (“Election Day” !). A big deal ! 🙂
Son fonctionnement est assez complexe. D’abord, il faut savoir que, traditionnellement, cette élection se tient toujours le mardi qui suit le premier lundi de novembre. Pourquoi ? L’histoire commence il y a bien longtemps de cela 🙂 Lorsque les Américains ont commencé à voter, au XVIIIème siècle, les Etats-Unis étaient un pays encore très rural. On venait parfois de loin à pied, à cheval ou en charrette, pour voter dans le bureau de vote le plus proche. Le dimanche étant traditionnellement le jour du Seigneur, on prévoyait de voyager le lundi pour arriver le mardi. Pourquoi en novembre ? Eh bien, il fallait tout simplement attendre la fin des moissons ! Voilà le fin mot de l’histoire.
Voici maintenant une vidéo qui devrait clarifier un peu le procédé des élections américaines, c’est-à-dire ce qui attend les citoyens américains mardi 8 novembre !
Pour les plus courageux, je recommande particulièrement la 2ème vidéo, en anglais, bien plus explicite !
Hello everybody ! Long time not seen 🙂
Today is Christopher Columbus Day. I thought for the occasion, I could post some videos to test a little bit your knowledge 😉 Have a look and pick the one you prefer, there is one for everyone !
In our food series, we’re not working on eating healthy. I can already picture some of you thinking : oh no, not again ! Believe me, eating healthy does not mean endless diets, veggies and only veggies in your plate and just all together a dull life made of rules and restrictions.
Some of our students have come up with a list of advice. How about you read them and add your own suggestions ? 🙂
Here is Françoise and some food for thought 🙂
What to eat
Ø Drink a lot… (of water!)
Ø Eat at least 5 greens a day
Ø Eat sparingly food with fat, salt, sugar, as well as alcohol, coffee, meat, etc.
How to eat
Ø Eat slowly, especially if you are overweight: put your cutlery beside your plate while you are chewing
Ø Don’t (bind yourself to) eat if you are angry, sad or upset
Where to shop
Ø Prefer local produce (but a pineapple is allowed from time to time!)
Ø Don’t look for the best price but the best produce
Here is a topic you you might be interested in, if you are a history buff (fan d’histoire) ! According to you, which event was the most important of the XXth century ? That’s a worthy question ! This is a list of the most important events that marked the XXth century, according to an American viewpoint (Copyright 1999 USA TODAY).
1 1945 U.S. drops atomic bombs on Hiroshima, Nagasaki: Japan surrenders to end World War II
2 1969 American astronaut Neil Armstrong becomes the first human to walk on the moon
3 1941 Japan bombs Pearl Harbor: U.S. enters World War II
4 1903 Wilbur and Orville Wright fly the first powered airplane
5 1920 Women win the vote
6 1963 President John F. Kennedy assassinated in Dallas
7 1945 Horrors of Nazi Holocaust, concentration camps exposed
8 1914 World War I begins in Europe
9 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ends “separate but equal” school segregation
10 1929 U.S. stock market crashes: depression sets in
11 1928 Alexander Fleming discovers the first antibiotic, penicillin
12 1953 Structure of DNA discovered
13 1991 U.S.S.R dissolves, Mikhail Gorbachev resigns: Boris Yeltsin takes over
14 1974 President Richard M. Nixon resigns after Watergate scandal
15 1939 Germany invades Poland: World War II begins in Europe
16 1917 Russian revolution ends: Communists take over
17 1913 Henry Ford organizes the first major U.S. assembly line to produce Model T cars
18 1957 Soviets launch Sputnik, first space satellite: space race begins
19 1905 Albert Einstein presents special theory of relativity: general relativity theory follows soon after
20 1960 FDA approves birth control pill
21 1953 Dr. Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine proven effective in University of Pittsburgh tests
22 1933 Adolf Hitler named Chancellor of Germany: Nazi Party begins to seize power
23 1968 Civil rights leader Martin Luther King assassinated in Memphis, Tenn.
24 1944 D-Day invasion marks the beginning of the end of World War II in Europe
25 1981 Deadly AIDS disease identified
26 1964 Congress passes landmark Civil Rights Act outlawing segregation
27 1989 Berlin Wall falls as East Germany lifts travel restrictions
28 1939 Television debuts in America at New York World’s Fair
29 1949 Mao Tse-tung establishes Peoples Republic of China: Nationalists flee to Formosa (Taiwan)
30 1927 Charles Lindbergh crosses the Atlantic in first solo flight
31 1977 First mass market personal computers launched
32 1989 World Wide Web revolutionizes the Internet
33 1948 Scientists at Bell Labs invent the transistor
34 1933 FDR launches “New Deal”: sweeping federal economic, public works legislation to combat depression
35 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis threatens World War III
36 1912 ‘Unsinkable’ Titanic, largest man-made structure, sinks
37 1945 Germany surrenders: V.E. Day celebrated
38 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizes abortion
39 1918 World War I ends with Germany’s defeat
40 1909 First regular radio broadcasts begin in America
41 1918 Worldwide flu epidemic kills 20 million
42 1946 ‘ENIAC’ becomes world’s first computer
43 1941 Regular TV broadcasting begins in the United States
44 1947 Jackie Robinson breaks baseball’s color barrier
45 1948 Israel achieves statehood
46 1909 Plastic invented: revolutionizes products, packaging
47 1955 Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott begins after Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat to a white person
48 1945 Atomic bomb tested in New Mexico
49 1993 Apartheid ends in South Africa: law to treat races equally
50 1963 Civil rights march converges on Washington, D.C.: Martin Luther King gives “I Have A Dream” speech
51 1959 American scientists patent the computer chip
52 1901 Marconi transmits radio signal across the Atlantic
53 1998 White House sex scandal leads to impeachment of President William Jefferson Clinton
54 1947 Sec. of State George Marshall proposes European recovery program (The Marshall Plan)
55 1968 Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy assassinated in California
56 1920 U.S. Senate rejects Versailles Treaty, dooms League of Nations
57 1962 Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring stimulates environmental protection movement
58 1964 British rock group The Beatles takes the U.S. by storm after debut on the Ed Sullivan Show
59 1965 Congress passes Voting Rights Act, outlawing measures used to suppress minority votes
60 1961 Yuri Gagarin becomes first man in space
61 1941 First jet airplane takes flight
62 1965 U.S. combat troops arrive in South Vietnam, U.S. planes bomb North Vietnam
63 1975 North Vietnamese forces take over Saigon
64 1942 Manhattan Project begins secret work on atomic bomb; Fermi triggers first atomic chain reaction
65 1945 Congress passes “GI Bill of Rights” to help veterans
66 1961 Alan Shepard becomes first American in space
67 1973 Watergate scandal engulfs Nixon administration
68 1906 Earthquake hits San Francisco, “Paris of the West” burns
69 1945 United Nations is officially established
70 1961 Communists build wall to divide East and West Berlin
71 1920 Mohandas Gandhi begins leading nonviolent reform movement in India
72 1911 Standard Oil loses Supreme Court antitrust suit, monopolies suffer blow
73 1973 U.S. withdraws last ground troops from Vietnam
74 1949 North Atlantic Treaty Organization established
75 1928 Joseph Stalin begins forced modernization of the Soviet Union; resulting famines claim 25 million
76 1932 Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt beats incumbent President Herbert Hoover
77 1985 Mikhail Gorbachev becomes Soviet Premier, begins era of “Glasnost”
78 1900 Max Planck proposes quantum theory of energy
79 1997 Scientists clone sheep in Great Britain
80 1956 Congress passes interstate highway bill
81 1914 Panama Canal opens, linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans
82 1963 Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique inaugurates modern women’s rights movement
83 1986 The Space Shuttle Challenger explodes killing crew including school teacher Christa McAuliffe
84 1950 U.S. sends troops to defend South Korea
85 1968 Violence erupts at Democratic National Convention in Chicago
86 1900 Sigmund Freud publishes The Interpretation of Dreams
87 1958 China begins “Great Leap Forward” modernization program, estimated 20 million die in ensuing famine
88 1917 U.S. enters World War I
89 1927 Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs – a single-season record that would last for 34 years
90 1962 John Glenn becomes first American to orbit the earth
91 1964 North Vietnamese boats reportedly attack U.S. ships: Congress passes Gulf of Tonkin resolution
92 1997 Pathfinder lands on Mars, sending back astonishing photos
93 1938 Hitler launches “Kristallnacht,” ordering Nazis to commit acts of violence against German Jews
94 1940 Winston Churchill designated Prime Minister of Great Britain
95 1978 Louise Brown, first “test-tube baby,” born healthy
96 1948 Soviets blockade West Berlin: Western allies respond with massive airlift
97 1975 Bill Gates and Paul Allen start Microsoft Corp. to develop software for Altair computer
98 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant explosion kills more than 7,000
99 1925 Teacher John Scopes’ trial pits creation against evolution in Tennessee
100 1964 The U.S. Surgeon General warns about smoking-related health hazards
Il y a quelques temps, notre classe “avancés” a travaillé sur une série portant sur des femmes connues. L’un d’entre elles est Helen Keller. Helen était une petite fille tout à fait normale; mais très tôt, une maladie la laissa sourde, aveugle et donc muette. Malgré ses nombreux handicaps et aidée de son professeur, Annue Sullivan, elle traversa victorieusement toute cette adversité pour devenir … mais je ne vais pas tout vous raconter ! 🙂 Voici une petite biographie animée, pour changer, mais tout de même en anglais 🙂
Il existe plusieurs films relatant cette histoire, dont le plus célèbre est “The Miracle Worker”.
Après avoir étudié ce sujet, les avancés ont eu pour tâche d’écrire, au nom de la maman d’Helen, une lettre au directeur d’une institution pour aveugle, demandant l’admission d’Helen. Voici le résultat de leur travail :
Kate and Arthur KELLER Tuscumbia, May 30, 1887
Ivy Green, Tuscumbia
To the Director of the Institution
We are appealing to you because we have heard many people speak well of your institution.
We are the parents of Helen, who is blind and deaf. She is almost 7 years -old and she lost her sight and hearing when she was only 19 months old because of a serious sickness.
She is active and smart, and she has a great desire to communicate, but she can communicate only by making simple signs with her hands, and it’s not enough for her. Our doctor can’t do anymore for her.
We are overtaken by her disease and her distress, and we think she really needs competent professionals’ cares to improve.
We were hoping she could be admitted in your establishment, and we are thankful for any help you could give in that case.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon, yours faithfully,
K & A KELLER