article: Laurel Zuckerman

article: Laurel Zuckerman

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Just to let you know that I have added an article by Laurel Zuckerman. She wrote a very interesting analysis of English teaching in the "collèges"...

speed

speed

Vocabulary

Many years ago, someone said to me: "Je suis très speed.". I didn't know what she meant at the time, but now I do... (But I would never use it...

much sicker in France

much sicker in France

Vocabulary

I have noticed that in France, people use "medical" terms to describe common ailments...it immediately gives the impression that the French are...

than /that/ as

than /that/ as

Grammar

What do these 3 words have in common? They can all be translated as "que" in French.. 1) the comparative A elephant is bigger than a mouse. Un...

s'inscrire / s'abonner

s'inscrire / s'abonner

Vocabulary

Words that students often ask to have translated are "s'inscrire" and "s'abonner". s'inscrire à (un cours/école): to enrol on a course to register...

right / wrong

right / wrong

Vocabulary

A question today about the difference between true/false and right/wrong..... 1)You say of a statement that is "true" or "false". "The sun is...

belle-mère

belle-mère

Vocabulary

In English you have to translations for "belle-mère". One is "mother-in-law", the other is "step-mother". Your "mother-in-law" is the mother...

sensible

sensible

Vocabulary

Most people know the false friend: "sensible" French: sensible --> English: sensitive. Elle est très sensible. She is very sensitive. English:...

"sans privé" ?

"sans privé" ?

Vocabulary

Yesterday I was reading an article on a website about the flu vaccine. Someone had written a comment, saying something like "Le vaccin est disponible,...

false friends: furniture, chance, library

false friends: furniture, chance, library

Vocabulary

There are a lot of false friends... Some of the more common ones are: 1) furniture (En) / fournitures (Fr) furniture (En) = les meubles fournitures...

pronunciation: equipment

pronunciation: equipment

Pronunciation

In French you pronounce the French word "équipement" /ekipman/ In English you pronounce "equipment" as /i'kwipment/ On of the difficulties of...

dépaysement

dépaysement

Vocabulary

A student, just back from a holiday, said that it had been a real "dépaysement". Not easy to express the same thing in English... Of course you...

moral /morale

moral /morale

Vocabulary

In one of the coursebooks they talk about 'boost company morale". When I looked "moral" up in the dictionnary, I made an interesting discovery!...

why a blog

why a blog

Why a blog?

Why would I want to write a blog? It will probably not get noticed amidst the millions of other blogs on the web. But I really think it would...

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