23 octobre 2006

Deceptive cognates - Faux amis part 2

Dear readers,Hope you enjoyed your week-end and everything goes well to start this new week.To keep the same energy on "faux-amis", deceptive cognates in English, we will continue studying them with words beginning with D, E, F, G, H and I.Here we go!D27- deception = tromperie, supercheriedeception = disappointmentdeceiving = trompeurdecevant = disappointing28- defiance = insoumissiondefiance = mistrust, wariness29- definetely = sans aucun doute, manifestementdefinitivement = for good, permanently30- delay = retarddelai =... [Lire la suite]
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20 octobre 2006

Faux amis

Dear all,You can notice about 110 "faux amis" that is quite important to remember especially for French people to avoid making mistakes or having troubles. One of my friend suggested me this layout. Why not (wei shemne bu ne?  in Mandarin Chinese)?Let us list those beginning with A, B and C:A1- to achieve= realiser, reussirachever = to finish, to end, to completeachievement = realisation, reussiteachevement = completion2- actual = reelactuel = present, currentactually = en realite, en fait, vraimentactuellement =... [Lire la suite]
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18 septembre 2006

Gapfillers on conversation

Dear all, Pleased to talk with you again! Well, today, we will enlarge our vocabulary. First of all, we will correct the previous exercise related to eating out. Then, we will study some gapfillers which are quite useful to make sentences in conversations. Here we go! Keys for the previous exercise: 1) Would you like to complete your meal with nafter-dinner drink? The answer is A. 2) I have already forgotten what the last table of guests ordered. The answer is C. 3) No one could have predicted how successful the... [Lire la suite]
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11 septembre 2006

Eating out

Dear readers, Well, today is a very special day. We all think about the World Trade Center tragedy five years ago. Let us pay tribute to the 2,700 victims... (rendre hommage a) As nearly every channel, newspaper has made a report or written an article on this subject, I guess you are over-informed on this matter. Just talk about Oliver Stone and his future film about the WTC on Wednesday... For the while, we will concentrate ourselves on a “lighter” topic and enlarge our vocabulary on “eating... [Lire la suite]
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04 septembre 2006

Clearance sale in Lille - Vocabulary

Dear readers, Today, in France is “la rentree”. For our friends abroad, it means it is the date when pupils and students in primary and secondary school will come back to school for study. Hope you had a good week-end and your children were willing to (etre pret a) go to school after holidays. Before starting our article on vocabulary, just a few words about the Lille jumble sale (braderie de Lille) as I am native from North of France, the Nord-Pas de Calais area and it is always a great event. I also say hi to my Belgian... [Lire la suite]
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28 août 2006

Homonyms, idioms and others

Hello everybody ! Did you have a good week end ? I hope so even if it rained. Well, today, we will play on words, enlarge our vocabulary thanks to two ways: -          homonyms and idioms -          vocabulary linked to physical appearance or personnality. Let us start on this matter. HOMONYMS Source: http://a4esl.org/q/h/ Is that a ___ tree or a birch tree?a. beachb. beech This question is related to two kind of trees. The... [Lire la suite]
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21 août 2006

Mails and the Internet

Welcome aboard if you have just come back from holidays! Otherwise, enjoy this new week even if the weather has not totally recovered blue sunshine! Today, we will enlarge our vocabulary on new technologies and internet. Our reference will be the short talk from David Crystal on BBC about SPAM. We will discuss on this matter tomorrow too. Firstly, pls listen the below talk as many times as you need to understand: (impossible to download it directly as the size exceeds 1 Mo). ... [Lire la suite]
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07 août 2006

Keep your English up to date

>Dear readers, As it is holidays’ time and coming soon August 15th , I would like to make a test giving a daily chronicle style to this blog. In a nutshell, I think it will be maybe more valuable for each of us to match a day with a topic or a kind of activity, for example: SUNDAY                      Q Zoom on  a garden, museum, event                    ... [Lire la suite]
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