WoOdPeCkEr (pic-vert) VeRsUs SqUiRrEl (écureuil)

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L’anglais de cette vidéo est bien articulé, mais nécessite tout de même du vocabulaire. Pourtant, même si l’anglais n’est pas votre fort, je vous recommande de la regarder, les images parlent d’elles-mêmes 🙂

Enjoy ! (et merci Mireille pour la référence !)

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MoThEr’S dAy

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Hi everyone !

So this will be for our advanced learners. This week, in France, we’re celebrating Mother’s Day. So I thought it would be neat to post some essays the sudents have been working on.

Here’s one from Violette, for a start 🙂

Mum was always afraid of snakes and reptiles. On the contrary, my father liked every animal, even strange, and often picked up grass-snakes. Of course Mum did not appreciate.

One day, while she was making a bed, she saw a yellow grey woolen thing on the sheet. She took him and screamed : the woolen piece moved because it was a lizard !

Afterwards she prepared lunch. She took her matchbox, opened it and dropped it immediately. Inside was a small slow worm. My father had hidden it and had wanted to play a joke on Mum. Of course she wasn’t pleased and she refused to turn on the gas for the meal. My father laughed a lot, and finally she forgave him.

We spoke about this story for a long time at home !

LeT’s TaLk AbOuT gOsSiP ;)

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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 !

THE TEST OF THREE

(Socrates)

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?

Et Si On ReMoNtAiT dAnS lE tEmPs ?

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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 🙂

Enjoy 🙂

 

De NoUvEaUx BéBéS à L’HoRiZon …

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L’année 2017 démarre sur les chapeaux de roues 🙂

Vous connaissez déjà Happy Families, notre jeu de sept familles, et La Maison sans porte, notre livre pour tout-petits, tout deux destinés à vous faire améliorer votre anglais 🙂

Voici maintenant un petit … avant-goût (c’est le cas de le dire) de notre livre de recettes sucrées anglo-saxonnes, qui va vous mettre à la bouche 🙂
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Voici maintenant un aperçu de la nouvelle policière écrite par l’un de nos élèves et illustrée par miss Emma, qui travaille avec nous depuis le lycée ! Admirez le talent 🙂

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cLiChEs AbOuT fReNcH pEoPlE (idées reçues sur les Français)

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Avis à tous les lecteurs : cette vidéo est à la fois en anglais et en français. N’ayez donc crainte 🙂

Vous allez entendre toutes sortes de préjugés (“prejudice”)/clichés (“clichés” :)) sur les Français. Il faudra dégainez votre sens de l’humour 🙂

N’hésitez pas à laisser votre avis sur le sujet dans les commentaires 🙂

PrIdE & pReJuDiCe (Orgueil & Préjugés)

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La littérature anglaise contient de petits bijoux qui nous sont souvent inconnus … bien que parfois révélés par des films. C’est le cas de Pride & Prejudice (Orgueil  Préjugés) de Jane Austen, notamment connu grâce au film paru en 2006 sous ce nom. Permettez-moi tout de même de souligner que ce film, s’il est sympa à regarder, ne peut rendre justice à l’oeuvre de Jane Austen, construite sur des personnages très développés ! Mieux vaut se tourner vers les 6h d’épisodes que la BBC lui a consacré 🙂

Ceci dit, notre classe Travaux pratiques se penche actuellement sur une version simplifiée du livre. Nous voici arrivé au passage où le héros orgueilleux (Darcy) demande en mariage l’héroïne pleine de préjugés (Elisabeth, dite Lizzie). D’où des étincelles ! Vous en trouverez un extrait ci-dessous (version BBC).

Mais voici que nos élèves, se prenant pour Lizzie, ont décidé de raconter cet épisode par lettre à Jane, soeur de Lizzie. Voici l’une de leurs épîtres : préparez-vous à remonter dans le temps ! Enjoy 🙂

Hunsford, March 20, 1798

My dear Jane,

It’s been two weeks since we met in London. I missed you so, this trip does me a lot of good. I appreciate being far from mom who is so disappointed with me, and I’m as closed to you as far from our sisters. Being with Charlotte reminds me how we love each other. In spite of her marriage and my dislike for her husband, she welcomed me cheerfully. I know it’s important for her to maintain our friendship, and I realize how meaningful it is, for me too. She is the same woman, so nice, so lovely. I was wrong to think we’ll be less and less closed because of her wedding with Mr. Collins.

Let me describe you my life here, in the Parsonage.

Charlotte’s house matches Charlotte. Colors, fabrics, furnitures, flowers … I’m not in a well-off family, but that’s no matter and I can feel Charlotte’s welfare. She enjoys being married, having a little house and a lovely garden. She enjoys taking care of her husband. Charlotte is a reliable woman as for me as for her husband. I appreciate the simplicity of the house as the simplicity of Charlotte.

I hope I will get to see Mr. Collins shows the same interest for his wife.

It reminds me why she is my best friend. In spite of our opposite character (her self-control, you remember how she keeps to herself!), we have a lot of things in common. Nature, discussions, books, I enjoy her character and her sensibility.

Each day, I take a walk in the garden or through the fields, do you remember how I like that? I can think about you, (I read and read again your letters), what I would like in the future, and Charlotte’s way of life. I ask myself why I can’t cope with all these ways. I mean, I know how to face with them, but I can’t stand with some aristocratic family with deep pocket looking down on us. Here is one difference between me and Charlotte!

Maybe you can understand how I’m still anger at Mr. Darcy, his pride and his supposed superiority. Mr. Darcy is Mrs. Lady de Bourgh’s nephew, and her aunt has as bad manners as him. Among our activities, I met her, and without any surprise, her behavior was unpleasant and annoyed me. Prying questions, lack of sensibility, great sense of superiority, she is a nosy woman and she matches with her nephew.

Fortunately, I have made the acquaintance of Colonel Fitzwilliam, Mr. Darcy’s cousin. I get along with him, his conversation was very entertaining, his humor, and he is a very pleasant man. We spoke about music, and I will meet him again with pleasure.

I know I’m hard on Lady de Bourgh, and I must admit that I can’t forget her nephew attitude. I realized how it is difficult for me to control my feelings. Oh Jane, I don’t recognize myself, when I meet him, I feel a deep anger, and I struggle in control it. How can you be so quiet when I’m so upset? I need a piece of advice.

I have to tell you what happened. To begin with, yesterday, I was alone in the Parsonage while Collins family were visiting Rosings. Imagine my surprise to see Mr. Darcy in front of me, at the Parsonage door, interested in my headache (I felt ill, that’s why I wasn’t to Rosings).

Actually, I was dumbfounded! Mr. Darcy, worried about my healthy! Was it a joke?

Now, Jane, you are about to read something crazy.

If I were you, I will sit down!

Mr. Darcy proposed me! Me, Elizabeth Bennett, this young woman without money, without manner, without good-looking! Believe me, I overreacted. Does he love me? Does he want to bring me down? What are you thinking about that, Jane?

This man is unable to open his lips and to have any sensible discussion, he judges others, he decides without knowing, and he believes that Elizabeth Bennett has to mercy him, becoming Mrs. Darcy!

I have not seen this coming! I could barely believe this! I was in a state of great anxiety!

I don’t need to curry his favor, you know me more than anyone, and all my anger came out.  Obviously, I turned down, and I told him all my disgusting.

As I’m writing to you, I have mixed feelings: sadness, anger, I should be relieved, but I can’t manage to settle down.

I’m about to take a walk, I need to breathe to relax me.

My dear Jane, I’m waiting for your answer. Don’t worry about me, you know how strong I am!

Thinking of you every day,

Lizzy

ChRiStMaS iS aT tHe DoOr !

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Hello everyone 🙂

“Christmas” est à la porte ! C’est l’occasion de (re)découvrir les traditions de nos voisins anglo-saxons. Voici donc deux publicités de Noël (“commercials”) qui vous en donneront une bonne  illustration. Pour les grands et les petits !

PS : Si vous souhaitez nous raconter vos traditions familiales, n’hésitez pas à nous laisser un commentaire (en anglais ou en français :))