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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27 mars 2017

Women and self-defense - B1

In the world we live in today, rape and sexual assaults are some of the most common forms of crime against women. Sometimes inappropriately referred as the « weaker sex », women used to be considered easy targets. But not anymore! In this ABC News video below, check how self-defense tactics has helped this 36 year-old woman to defend herself and ensure her own safety.   Vocabulary: To fend off: To defend yourself against someone who is attacking you Weak: not physically strong Chills: a feeling of sudden fear;... [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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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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25 mars 2016

Jaywalk - B1

According to the “Merriam-Webster Dictionary”, Jaywalk consists in crossing a street carelessly or in an illegal manner so as to be endangered by traffic. It could be the case of a pedestrian crossing a street against the traffic lights or stepping out a crosswalk. Jaywalk, is a word which originated in the US in the early 20th Century. This term is the result of the contraction of the word JAY and the verb WALK. At that time “Jay” was a slang for “Rube” which means a rustic person, a newcomer unfamiliar with the city ways, or... [Lire la suite]
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21 mars 2016

Cat burglar prefers to take underwear – A2

We recently talked about robberies and armed robberies. This time, thanks to this Kiwi cat and the Huffington Post, we are going to talk about a very unusual burglary. In the last few months, a feline burglar named Brigit, has entered many houses illegally, around Hamilton (New Zealand), to steal men’s underwear. According to Brigit’s owner, she has already brought back home eleven pairs of underpants and more than fifty socks. Nobody can say whether she’ll pursue her “criminal activities” or not. If you want to know more about... [Lire la suite]
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24 février 2016

This is a robbery ! - Pulp fiction - A2

Robbery is to steal something from someone by force, threat or by putting the victim in fear. If a robbery involves the use of a weapon, it becomes an armed robbery or "holdup". Perpetrators of robberies are called robbers The opening scene of the famous Quentin Tarantino's movie "Pulp Fiction" is a good example of an armed robbery. Pumpkin: [Standing up with a gun] Everybody be cool, this is a robbery! Honney Bunny: Any of you fucking pricks move, and I'll execute every motherfucking last one of ya Useful vocabulary: ... [Lire la suite]
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09 février 2016

How to prevent and fight against shoplifting – A2

Shop owners know that shoplifting damages their business. That is why, they often do their best to prevent this offence in their shop. There are many ways to fight crime, here are below some examples of imaginative and humorous signs to fight shoplifting.    
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30 décembre 2015

Never confound plastic and rubber - B1

German man dies after blowing up condom machine - BBC NewsA German man died on Christmas Day after blowing up a condom dispenser with a homemade bomb in a botched robbery, police say. The 29-year-old and two accomplices attached the bomb to the vending machine in a quiet street before taking cover in their vehicle.http://www.bbc.com Useful vocabulary : to blow-up: to explode condom dispenser = condom machine, both are vending machines botched: badly done robbery: a theft perpetrated by force or threat of force or by putting... [Lire la suite]
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