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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05 avril 2017

Pregnancy - B1

In this brutally honest FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) poster about pregnancy, discover some of the most sarcastic answers given by an OB (obstetrician). useful vocabulary: moody: bad tempered, grumpy reliable: s.o or sth that can be trusted alimony: (especially American) The money that a court orders sb to pay to their former husband or wife once they are divorced. diaper: American word for the British nappy. The material you stick on the baby's bottom to absorb their pee and poop.
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04 avril 2017

Canine Pawsecution Service - B1

In 2013, after an arrest in which he participated, PC Peach was asked by the British CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) to write a report about it. The thing is that PC Peach is neither a fruit nor a policeman, he is a police dog from a K9 (canine /'keinain/) unit. When CPS persisted with their demand to get a statement, officers from the West Midlands Police, fed up with not being listened to, decided to send them the following document they so badly wanted.   PC Peach, pictured with his handler:  
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21 décembre 2016

Merry Christmas

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
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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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11 octobre 2016

Complain and complaint - A2

If you have been the victim of a criminal offence (offenSe in American English) you will probably have to go to a police station. If it occured in the United States, you will tell the police officer that you wish to file a complaint. If this offence happened in Great Britain, you will say that you want to report a crime. Be careful, you say a complaint as a noun and you complain as a verb. Also in Britain, when you complain it is often because you are not satisfied about something or the quality of a service. British newspaper... [Lire la suite]
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06 septembre 2016

It's Bacon's day - B1

Yesterday, September the 5th, was International Bacon Day. For that occasion, we decided to share a video. In this hilarious commercial, you will discover the Footloose actor Kevin Bacon and his brother Michael promoting the nutritional benefits of eggs for the American Egg Board. By the way "who knows eggs better than the Bacon brothers?" Among other things, don't miss the spelling of E-G-G-S, the beautiful pronunciation of the adjective "pa'thetic" by the teen who hates trout 🐟 and the Miranda_warning at the end.
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29 août 2016

Good bargains & real scams - B1

Nowadays, the Internet is the best place to buy rare and innovative products such as "banana slicers", "UFO detectors" or "wolf urine" to repulse the deers which are invading your garden. Those “rad*” products make the customers so happy, that more and more of them cannot resist to share their experiences by writing product reviews about their latest and essential finds. Those comments often give us very useful advice to make a wise choice. But, the world wide web isn't a sweet wonderland and distance selling exposes customers to be... [Lire la suite]
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19 août 2016

The People vs Pokemon Go - B1

You are not without knowing that the game Pokémon Go has been a worldwide hit since it was launched in the beginning of the summer 2016. The game popularity has created a certain number of nuisances, some of which have been reported in the press. We were particularly interested in an article from The Telegraph which deals with police concerns about pedestrians causing accidents while playing Pokémon Go. There is plenty of great police vocabulary in it and also two funny videos that you may appreciate.   Brussels police fine... [Lire la suite]
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27 juin 2016

CAT vs ROBBER vs GOOSE vs IRON MAN - B1

Have a look at these new videos we found. You won’t learn a lot of English with them, but at least, you’ll have a good laugh and we wanted to share them with you. They were made by Aaron Benitez, a specialist in visual effects, who became famous thanks to his videos with his cat Michael. For the first video you may need the following vocabulary. Please note the misuse of the word robber at the end of the clip. To learn more about robbers and robberies, have a look at our previous article on the topic here. PAW = animal foot ... [Lire la suite]
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