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  • Silent letters

    20 octobre 2015 ( #Pronunciation )

    Based on some other lists that I have found on the internet, I have created a list of words with silent letters. Sometimes, there seems to be a sort of rule, sometimes it is just one word that is pronounced differently. I have marked the latter with an...

  • English more 'precise' than French! ;)

    07 septembre 2012 ( #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 at some words where the English terms are more 'precise' than the French ones. Personnel (Adj) - personnel Mr...

  • website for children

    01 août 2014 ( #External links )

    If you would like to help your children learn English, or if you need to teach English to young children, the following site might be of interest: www.starfall.com. Of course this website is aimed at native English speakers, but there are lots of fun...

  • state verbs

    07 septembre 2012 ( #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, when you use a state verb, you have to use the present simple. Here is a list: to be (être) He is at home...

  • The comma splice

    15 décembre 2014

    I'd never heard of this, until I read about it in an article: the comma splice. What is a comma splice??? It means that you connect two independent clauses by a comma, where in fact, you should either use a connector or another punctiation mark. If you...

  • Smart Subtitles

    22 mars 2015

    Un article dans le Huffington Post sur un nouveau site web: www.smartsubs.fr "Qui ne s'est jamais donné bonne conscience en se disant que regarder des dizaines de séries américaines à la suite était une bonne façon de travailler son anglais? A force de...

  • Bilingualism changes children’s beliefs

    24 janvier 2015

    I have found this very interesting article on the website of Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. I have slightly shortened it, but you can find the original article if you click on the link below. "Concordia University study shows that kids exposed...

  • Duolingo

    31 août 2014 ( #External links )

    Hi, I just had a quick look at the website of Duolingo. This is a website to learn languages and specifically to learn English by French speakers. I don't find it very interesting because it is very much translation-based. I did the first test and I either...

  • Basic verbs!

    01 novembre 2012 ( #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 = acheter to get = obtenir to give = donner to have = avoir to hear = entendre to help = aider to know = connaître...

  • Limericks

    28 mai 2010 ( #Culture )

    I love limericks, they are very cleverly written poems. Just a few examples: A gourmet dining at Crewe Found a rather large mouse in his stew. Said the waiter, "Don't shout And wave it about, Or the rest will be wanting one, too." *** There was a young...

  • Reddit: English fluency = intelligence ???

    07 décembre 2014

    1771 points et 157 commentaires sur reddit On Reddit the picture above was published today. In a funny way it shows the problems that non-native speakers of English have: the fact that their English is not perfect might give people the wrong impression...

  • Relative Clauses: Pronouns

    22 juillet 2016 ( #Grammar )

    Defining Relative Clauses: relative pronouns Defining relative clauses give detailed information defining a general term or expression. Defining relative clauses are not put in commas. Defining relative clauses are often used in definitions. Object pronouns...

  • outnumber / outweigh / outvote

    31 juillet 2014 ( #Vocabulary )

    A couple of interesting verbs... the ones that begin with out... to outnumber = être plus nombreux que The women outnumbered the man. Les femmes étaient plus nombreuses que les hommes. to outweigh = peser plus lourd que The pros outweigh the cons. Les...

  • #hashtag

    26 janvier 2013 ( #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 an article about the Académie Française who decided to forbid the word 'hashtag' (used on Twitter) and replace...

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

    26 mars 2013 ( #Culture )

    My colleague Anne sent me this interesting text yesterday. EDIT: apparently all the 'explanations' are incorrect, but it is fun to read anyway. Read this website to get the real explanations: http://historymedren.about.com/od/dailylifesociety/a/bod_hoax.htm...

  • could

    17 avril 2013 ( #Grammar )

    How you can use "could" + infinitive.. 1) request permission to do something Could I ask you a question? Could I ask a question please? Could we go home now? (In this case "could" is the polite version of "can"; "may" is another polite version." 2) past...

  • "appel d'offre"

    09 décembre 2012 ( #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 to check the English equivalent. Appel d'offre = Call for tenders = Call for bids = Invitation to tender...

  • Website: www.literature.org

    01 juillet 2012 ( #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 - Little Women Charlotte Bronte - Jane Eyre Emily Bronte - Wuthering Heights Lewis Carroll - Alice's Adventures...

  • gradable / non-gradable adjectives

    24 janvier 2012 ( #Vocabulary )

    This is a subject I had managed to avoid teaching until last week, when I was 'forced' to have a closer look at it. I really don't think that it is a very important subject, but as I have all the information I might as well share it with you. So you have...

  • Furniture vocabulary

    18 janvier 2012 ( #Vocabulary )

    First of all "Happy New Year" to all of you! I will start the year with a vocabulary list. I know, I know, not very exciting. But in fact lots of students don't know this kind of vocabulary. So here is a list of furniture: living room: sofa = canapé sofa...

  • Youtube: 21 accents

    03 mars 2011 ( #External links )

    Yesterday I found this video on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/embed/3UgpfSp2t6k In this video a young woman says the same sentences with different accents: The accents are from: 1. London, England 2. London, England 3. London, England 4. Dublin, Ireland...

  • odd

    03 mars 2011 ( #Vocabulary )

    I have always liked the word "odd". Difficult to say why... One of the reasons is the spelling: a vowel + 2 consonants; but as a student pointed out this afternoon, there are other words in English with this pattern. And when I thought about it, I found...

  • OUP English Language Teaching on Youtube

    23 janvier 2011 ( #External links )

    I've just found some interesting videos on YouTube. International Express Elementary: "Berghaus" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CV0ZQzpmkQk International Express Pre-Intermediate: "Venice" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOTNxk32scw International Express...

  • The Queen's English Society

    13 juin 2010 ( #Culture )

    This society wants to do something similar to the "Académie Française"; that is to decide what is correct English and what isn't. Personally, I really dislike the Académie Française, and for the same reasons that I dislike the "Queen's English Society":...

  • sport

    22 avril 2010 ( #Vocabulary )

    French is easy in this respect, you can almost always say "faire de" + sport, for instance "faire du vélo". In English it is a little more complicated. You have different ways to say it: 1) to play volleyball, tennis, basketball, badminton, rugby, football,...

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Silent letters

Silent letters

Pronunciation

Based on some other lists that I have found on the internet, I have created a list of words with silent letters. Sometimes, there seems to be...

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...

website for children

website for children

External links

If you would like to help your children learn English, or if you need to teach English to young children, the following site might be of interest:...

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,...

The comma splice

The comma splice

I'd never heard of this, until I read about it in an article: the comma splice. What is a comma splice??? It means that you connect two independent...

Smart Subtitles

Smart Subtitles

Un article dans le Huffington Post sur un nouveau site web: www.smartsubs.fr "Qui ne s'est jamais donné bonne conscience en se disant que regarder...

Bilingualism changes children’s beliefs

Bilingualism changes children’s beliefs

I have found this very interesting article on the website of Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. I have slightly shortened it, but you...

Duolingo

Duolingo

External links

Hi, I just had a quick look at the website of Duolingo. This is a website to learn languages and specifically to learn English by French speakers....

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 =...

Limericks

Limericks

Culture

I love limericks, they are very cleverly written poems. Just a few examples: A gourmet dining at Crewe Found a rather large mouse in his stew....

Reddit: English fluency = intelligence ???

Reddit: English fluency = intelligence ???

1771 points et 157 commentaires sur reddit On Reddit the picture above was published today. In a funny way it shows the problems that non-native...

Relative Clauses: Pronouns

Relative Clauses: Pronouns

Grammar

Defining Relative Clauses: relative pronouns Defining relative clauses give detailed information defining a general term or expression. Defining...

outnumber / outweigh / outvote

outnumber / outweigh / outvote

Vocabulary

A couple of interesting verbs... the ones that begin with out... to outnumber = être plus nombreux que The women outnumbered the man. Les femmes...

#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...

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....

could

could

Grammar

How you can use "could" + infinitive.. 1) request permission to do something Could I ask you a question? Could I ask a question please? Could...

"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...

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...

gradable / non-gradable adjectives

gradable / non-gradable adjectives

Vocabulary

This is a subject I had managed to avoid teaching until last week, when I was 'forced' to have a closer look at it. I really don't think that...

Furniture vocabulary

Furniture vocabulary

Vocabulary

First of all "Happy New Year" to all of you! I will start the year with a vocabulary list. I know, I know, not very exciting. But in fact lots...

Youtube: 21 accents

Youtube: 21 accents

External links

Yesterday I found this video on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/embed/3UgpfSp2t6k In this video a young woman says the same sentences with different...

odd

odd

Vocabulary

I have always liked the word "odd". Difficult to say why... One of the reasons is the spelling: a vowel + 2 consonants; but as a student pointed...

OUP English Language Teaching on Youtube

OUP English Language Teaching on Youtube

External links

I've just found some interesting videos on YouTube. International Express Elementary: "Berghaus" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CV0ZQzpmkQk International...

The Queen's English Society

The Queen's English Society

Culture

This society wants to do something similar to the "Académie Française"; that is to decide what is correct English and what isn't. Personally,...

sport

sport

Vocabulary

French is easy in this respect, you can almost always say "faire de" + sport, for instance "faire du vélo". In English it is a little more complicated....

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