28 septembre 2017

In Scotland, teddy bears are not an endangered species anymore - B1

This time we want to greet an unusual and yet useful campaign started last twenty-first of September in Scotland. Glasgow Airport has launched an appeal to identify and reunite young passengers with hundreds of teddy bears left behind in planes or at the airport. The lost property office is overflowing with soft toys, with twenty-one left in the last three months. In the following short video, pictures of the lost toys are being displayed by the airport on social media. To avoid more "victims" of this unfortunate phenomenon, the... [Lire la suite]
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23 juin 2017

Aussie and British slangs – B1

Actress Naomi Watts, who was born in England but moved to Australia in her teens, teaches us British and Australian slang in a video for Vanity Fair.   In a previous one, actress Salma Hayek offered in a similar way a lesson on common Spanish expressions and slang in Mexico. If you are interested click HERE  
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08 juin 2017

How many English words do you know? - A2

As you probably already noticed, we do love animals at English For Grown Ups. This time, we encountered an incredibly intelligent border collie named Chaser, who is able to understand and respond to one thousand and twenty-two words in English. Through intensive training and a clever process of elimination, the dog demonstrates her ability to learn a new word in this amazing video.  
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02 juin 2017

Let's talk about style - B1

Everyday, fashion-forward styles emerge in the streets of Paris, London or New-York and make us feel old-fashioned, even older than we really are. Haven’t we all, one day, felt less trendy trying to understand what a teen pop-star meant by saying “My new mate has an amazing fixed gear style and he is bearded as a hispter”? The American illustrator Rob Dobi gives us a useful pictionnary to decrypt the latest dress codes and styles we come across in the streets everyday. His illustration series named “Your scene sucks” is also a good... [Lire la suite]
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17 mai 2017

Construction of the present perfect - B1

For more on the Daily Mail: How humans bred some dogs to be unrecognizable from their ancestors CONSTRUCTION OF THE PRESENT PERFECT Positive form: Subject + auxiliary have/has + past participle The past participle is the -ed form of the verb. Humans have changed man's best friend. In the case of an irregular verb, pick it up in the 3rd column. Irregular verbs have their own forms. The ambassador has eaten all the Ferrero Rocher chocolates. Interrogative form: As you remember, when you want to ask a question, you need an... [Lire la suite]
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17 mai 2017

When to use the present perfect, part 1 - B1

You can use the present perfect when a past action has an impact on the present situation. Look, the dog has broken his leg.  The action took place in the past. We don’t care where or when. What matters is the impact on the dog’s present life: he has a plaster and a cone (of shame).   Oh shit, Michael has been to the hairdresser’s! Again, what is important here, is that a past action (to go to the hairdresser’s) has an effect on the present: he looks very different. Now, watch this short video and construct a nice... [Lire la suite]
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17 mai 2017

When to use the present perfect, part 2 - B1

Use the present perfect when you want to talk about your life experience. In this case, what is really important is what happened and not when or where it happened. If it was the case, we would have used the preterit. When questioning someone’s life experience, use EVER like in this song by the Standells "Have you ever spent the night in jail?"   Click on this link for the lyrics: the_Standells_Have_you_ever A 13-year-old Irish boy asks a similar question in a powerful video he posted for Safer Internet Day (February... [Lire la suite]
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17 mai 2017

When to use the present perfect, part 3 - B1

The present perfect can be used when something started in the past and is still happening now. I have lived in Paris for 10 years. This example means that you started living in Paris 10 years ago and still live in the French capital city. So it is very important to use the present perfect when you want to express an ongoing action that started in the past and that is still true now. If you had used the preterit, it would have meant that the action is over. I lived in Paris for 10 years means that you lived in Paris in the past, but... [Lire la suite]
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12 mai 2017

“I am not your negro” - B1

Everybody has heard about Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. and about their fight for Civil Rights in America. But have you ever heard about James Baldwin? James Arthur Baldwin (1924–1987) was an African-American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet and a social critic. Baldwin was also known to be an activist and he dedicated a large part of his life to put up a struggle for black people Civil Rights. Inspired by Baldwin's words and works, Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck directed in 2016 a masterpiece movie about the black condition... [Lire la suite]
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05 mai 2017

Cats and their verbs - B1

Why do cats act so weird? People love cats because they are cute, and also because they can be cuddly, crazy, curious, wild and in the meantime peaceful. In the following animated TED-Ed lesson, Tony Buffington shows how cats’ behaviors such as exploring, pouncing on different things and squeezing into tight spaces are all instinctual. In other words, they are not that weird, that bizarre. To us, the great interest of this video lies in the large number of action verbs that are used. Here is bellow a non-exhaustive list of some... [Lire la suite]
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