31 décembre 2016
As you gear up to greet the New Year with a grand salute and joyful celebration, we want to shed a light on an outlandish Scottish custom for those celebrations. This traditional event which is called “Hogmanay” draws its origins in the 8th and 9th centuries, when Scotland was invaded by the Vikings. At that time, Norsemen paid a particular attention to the arrival of the winter solstice and celebrated its passing. Hogmanay begins on the 31st of December and it ends on the 2nd of January (1st and second of January are national... [Lire la suite]
21 décembre 2016
This Christmas is a special occasion for us. It's been a year now that we've started this blog and we would like to thank you all for following us. We do hope to see you again next year for more fun. As we began this blog with a Christmas video, we would like to finish this year with a Christmas advert from Down Under. Down Under: term traditionally referring to people living in Australia or New Zealand Aussie: Informal term for Australian people weird: bizarre reindeer: Horned animal pulling Santa's sleigh
08 décembre 2016
The sheriff in the United States descends from a one-thousand-year-old English tradition: a "shire-reeve" (shire-keeper: keeper of a county). These people were appointed by the English crown when it established the newly settled American territories. Sheriffs were among the first elected public officials in an area and thus developed a leading role in local law enforcement. While the sheriff is appointed in some counties, he or she is elected to the position by the county's voters in most jurisdictions to serve a four-year term as... [Lire la suite]
06 décembre 2016
It is never too late to learn English. As long as you have good reasons and motivation to do so, you cannot but succeed. This story of an elderly deciding to learn the language is a good example of it. The video is in fact an advert for a very popular Polish online auction site, a sort of eBay. By the way, our learner made one single mistake. Can you spot it?