28 septembre 2017

In Scotland, teddy bears are not an endangered species anymore - B1

This time we want to greet an unusual and yet useful campaign started last twenty-first of September in Scotland. Glasgow Airport has launched an appeal to identify and reunite young passengers with hundreds of teddy bears left behind in planes or at the airport. The lost property office is overflowing with soft toys, with twenty-one left in the last three months. In the following short video, pictures of the lost toys are being displayed by the airport on social media. To avoid more "victims" of this unfortunate phenomenon, the... [Lire la suite]
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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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23 juin 2017

Aussie and British slangs – B1

Actress Naomi Watts, who was born in England but moved to Australia in her teens, teaches us British and Australian slang in a video for Vanity Fair.   In a previous one, actress Salma Hayek offered in a similar way a lesson on common Spanish expressions and slang in Mexico. If you are interested click HERE  
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02 juin 2017

Let's talk about style - B1

Everyday, fashion-forward styles emerge in the streets of Paris, London or New-York and make us feel old-fashioned, even older than we really are. Haven’t we all, one day, felt less trendy trying to understand what a teen pop-star meant by saying “My new mate has an amazing fixed gear style and he is bearded as a hispter”? The American illustrator Rob Dobi gives us a useful pictionnary to decrypt the latest dress codes and styles we come across in the streets everyday. His illustration series named “Your scene sucks” is also a good... [Lire la suite]
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12 mai 2017

“I am not your negro” - B1

Everybody has heard about Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. and about their fight for Civil Rights in America. But have you ever heard about James Baldwin? James Arthur Baldwin (1924–1987) was an African-American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet and a social critic. Baldwin was also known to be an activist and he dedicated a large part of his life to put up a struggle for black people Civil Rights. Inspired by Baldwin's words and works, Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck directed in 2016 a masterpiece movie about the black condition... [Lire la suite]
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05 mai 2017

Cats and their verbs - B1

Why do cats act so weird? People love cats because they are cute, and also because they can be cuddly, crazy, curious, wild and in the meantime peaceful. In the following animated TED-Ed lesson, Tony Buffington shows how cats’ behaviors such as exploring, pouncing on different things and squeezing into tight spaces are all instinctual. In other words, they are not that weird, that bizarre. To us, the great interest of this video lies in the large number of action verbs that are used. Here is bellow a non-exhaustive list of some... [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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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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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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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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