the 'real' origin of some well-known proverbs, customs, etc.

the 'real' origin of some well-known proverbs, customs, etc.

Culture

My colleague Anne sent me this interesting text yesterday. EDIT: apparently all the 'explanations' are incorrect, but it is fun to read anyway....

Do not stand at my grave...

Do not stand at my grave...

Culture

In the past couple of weeks some of my friends/students have lost one of their parents. For them and for all the other people who have (recently)...

"Julie’s story"

"Julie’s story"

External links

I just found this interesting interview with an English teacher in France; I can really relate to a lot of things she says. For instance: What...

#hashtag

#hashtag

Culture

"French say 'non' to the t erm hashtag in battle to stop English words violating their language" On the website of the Daily Mail you can find...

Irregular verbs

Irregular verbs

Grammar

In most grammar books or course books you can find a list of irregular verbs. And I think this is a good idea, because irregular verbs are very...

compound nouns, etc.

compound nouns, etc.

Vocabulary

What are compound nouns? Examples are: kitchen door, bus driver, business meeting...Compound nouns are two nouns together that create a new noun....

"appel d'offre"

"appel d'offre"

Vocabulary

I am often asked to translate the French expression: "appel d'offre". In the beginning I didn't have a clue, but after a couple of times I decided...

pending...

pending...

Vocabulary

'Pending' is an interesting word. It is probably a good idea to have a look at the etymology first. 'Pending' stems from the French 'pendant'...

Basic Adjectives (French - English)

Basic Adjectives (French - English)

Vocabulary

Here is a very useful table of opposite adjectives (eg. big - small), with their French translation. This is especially helpful for beginners....

Basic verbs!

Basic verbs!

Vocabulary

Below you will find a list of the basic verbs any learner of English should know! to ask = demander to be = être to believe = croire to buy =...

English more 'precise' than French! ;)

English more 'precise' than French!  ;)

Vocabulary

Lots of French people say that French is more precise than English.... Needless to say I don't agree! ;) So, just for fun, let's have a look...

state verbs

state verbs

Grammar

State verbs are verbs that cannot be used in the continuous form. That means that for instance if you normally would use the present continuous,...

Website: www.literature.org

Website: www.literature.org

External links

Just an interesting link: www.literature.org On this website you can find some British novels and short stories. Among others: Louisa May Alcott...

Nonnative-English-Speaking Teachers

Nonnative-English-Speaking Teachers

Culture

Being a nonnative speaker of English, I'm very happy that recently people have been more open to the fact that nonnative English-speaking teachers...

English Pronunciation Verse (The Chaos)

English Pronunciation Verse (The Chaos)

Pronunciation

The Chaos by Gerard Nolst Trenité Dr. Gerard Nolst Trenité ( 20 July 1870, Utrecht - 9 October 1946, Haarlem), was a Dutch observer of English....

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