31 décembre 2016

Happy new year - Canty Hogmanay - B1

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]
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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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17 février 2016

Mind blowing figures in Australia - A2

The following article shows many big figures and some currency symbols. Let's remind how to read those strange signs. After reading the article, don't forget to have a look at the interesting video clip embedded on BBC Australia's website and related to this fact. Australia police seize meth hidden in bras inserts - BBC NewsPolice in Sydney say they have seized methamphetamine with a street value of more than A$1bn ($700m; £500m), much of it hidden inside gel bra inserts. A Chinese man and three Hong Kong nationals are facing... [Lire la suite]
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