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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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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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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16 mars 2017

Saint Patrick's Day Origins - B1

To celebrate Saint Patrick's Day on the 17th of March and add some culture in your beer, have a look at the following video about the origins of this celebration day. If you are not too thirsty after that, you can also test your knowledge of this very Irish topic and, who knows, win some pints of black Irish stout by betting with your friends at the pub.  TEST: 1/Saint Patrick was born in Ireland: true/false 2/The first Saint Patrick's Day parade took place in Dublin: true /false 3/The original colour associated with Saint... [Lire la suite]
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13 février 2017

COPS AND DOUGHNUTS STEREOTYPE - B1

Roses are red, violets are blue, cops eat doughnuts (donuts in American English). In a very interesting and instructive episode, Today I Found Out comes back on the probable reason why the idea of American police officers (the boys in blue) eating doughnuts is such a widespread stereotype. In the mid 20th century, establishments selling food were all closed at night. That’s why there were only two options left for those working night shift : diners and doughnut shops. A diner is a small restaurant that serves cheap meals. ... [Lire la suite]
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24 janvier 2017

The Netherlands welcomes Trump in his own words - A2 / B1

On January the 20th, the whole world was watching the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States. In this hilarious video, the Dutch television decided to welcome President Trump in a manner he would understand, using his own words and lexical field. More than that, they also wanted to introduce, in a sarcastic way, their tiny country to the newly elected president of the “huge” United States of America. tiny: very, very small huge: very, very big, enormous to screw over: to fuck big time: a lot (in this context)... [Lire la suite]
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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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06 décembre 2016

Never too late - A1

It is never too late to learn English. As long as you have good reasons and motivation to do so, you cannot but succeed. This story of an elderly deciding to learn the language is a good example of it. The video is in fact an advert for a very popular Polish online auction site, a sort of eBay. By the way, our learner made one single mistake. Can you spot it?  
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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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09 août 2016

English comprehension with an asshole - B1

What would you imagine if we talked about the world’s biggest asshole? Maybe you would think of a colleague in your office, of your stepmother or of the noisy neighbours who won’t let you sleep at night. In a new campaign for Donate Life, the ultimate jerk is Coleman Sweeney. Discover his life and why he is described as such. To do so, you will perhaps need the vocabulary below. But before looking at it, try to understand the content from the context and images. to owe (here in the past tense, owed): to have to pay somebody for... [Lire la suite]
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