06 juillet 2017

Why dogs fear fireworks? - B2

If you have ever wondered why our four-legged friends are so terrified during fireworks, the following public service announcement is probably what you are looking for. You might have some answers through the explanations of one of them, as well a good opportunity to improve your listening comprehension skills and your vocabulary. However, if you need some help click HERE to get the script of the video.   Vocabulary: To be on edge: nervous, anxious Unleash: to free from, to suddenly release a violent force that cannot be... [Lire la suite]
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10 avril 2017

The Law is weird, but it is the law – B2

If you know someone who is about to travel abroad, the best advice you can give them is that they should consider the existing laws in the country they want to go to. Laws are written to rule a society and directly depend on its peculiarities and culture. That is why, they are often difficult to understand or anticipate in a foreign country.The following video of the Sam O’nella Academy is a good illustration of that. Click here for the script If you are interested in the topic, you can also have a look at this article from the... [Lire la suite]
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13 janvier 2017

Surprising borders and geography - B2

These days, borders are a wide spread matter of concern. In the following video by Real Life Lore, you will discover the most surprising and peculiar situations concerning borders in Europe. You will also hear the word "Panhandle". It is a long and narrow piece of land joined to a larger area. A "panhandle" looks like the part of a cooking pan that you use to hold it.
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08 décembre 2016

The deputy's car - B2

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]
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08 novembre 2016

U.S. presidential campaign vocabulary quizz - B2

While awaiting the results of the current U.S. election, how about testing yourselves with this little quizz?
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08 novembre 2016

The Democratic Donkey and the Republican Elephant - B2

  Have you ever wondered what the story was behind these two famous party animals? The donkey was first associated with Democrat Andrew Jackson's 1828 presidential campaign. His opponents called Jackson a "jackass" (a male donkey) for his populist views and stubborn (refusing to obey, obstinate) nature. His main slogan was “Let the people rule”. Although the cartoon below was depicted to mock him, Jackson was actually amused by the insult and used the image of the strong-willed donkey on his campaign posters. Later,... [Lire la suite]
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28 octobre 2016

No more hair on air with Ricky Gervais and Jimmy Fallon - B2

If you have never heard about Ricky Gervais, here is a good opportunity to enter the funny world of this multi-talented British man. Last week, Ricky was the guest of Jimmy Fallon's late show on NBC and he gave us a moment of laughs on his coming baldness. We encourage you to use this moment to improve your English comprehension.To extend this hilarious moment, you can also look at an older video with Ricky Gervais. At that time, the younger comedian was mocking his friend’s baldness. Justice prevailed! To learn more on Ricky... [Lire la suite]
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04 mai 2016

Making a murderer - B2

Making a Murderer is a true-crime American series filmed over ten years and streamed for the first time on Netflix on December 18, 2015. This ten-part documentary explores the story of Steven Avery, a man who served 18 years in prison for sexual assault and attempted murder, before being exonerated in 2003. After Avery was released from prison in 2003 and he filed a $36 million civil lawsuit against Manitowoc County and several county officials associated with his first arrest. Soon after that, in 2005, Steven Avery was arrested... [Lire la suite]
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25 janvier 2016

Make your day with this famous Dirty Harry's quote - B2

  "Go ahead, make my day” The idiomatic expression or idiom “to make someone’s day” means, to make someone happy by doing something that he wants you to do. There, Harry Callahan wants the gangster to go ahead and to give him the opportunity to use his famous 44 Magnum, Smith and Wesson six-shooter.  
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05 janvier 2016

Voice recognition systems don't like Scottish accent - B2

Sometimes, accents can be difficult to understand. As you are better than a voice recognition system, have a look at this video and try to understand whatthose two Scotsmen say. If you want to cheat or just some help, the script of the clip is following. ScriptHave fun up to the eleventh floor...  
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