"If" - by Rudyard Kipling

"If" - by Rudyard Kipling photo

If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can dream – and not make dreams […]

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Ressources pour enseigner l'anglais au primaire


L'année dernière, j'ai - contre mon gré - enseigné à l'école primaire à deux classes de CM2 et ces quelques ressources m'ont été utiles : http://chapman.jimdo.com/ http://www.maprimaire.fr/pages/anglais/accueil.html http://www.academie-en-ligne.fr/Ecole/Ressources.aspx?PREFIXE=AL5AN0E J'ai étudié aussi quelques vidéos en fin d'année dont deux en particulier ont suscité un certain intérêt de la part des élèves.

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English : guide to good writing


My several years in the word game have learnt me several rules: A writer must not shift your point of view. A writer should not alienate half his readers by using gender-specific language. Also, always avoid annoying alliteration. Always pick on the correct idiom. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake. And don’t start a sentence with a conjunction. Avoid clichés like the plague – they’re old hat. Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky. Be careful to use […]

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Une carte visuelle et sémantique de la langue anglaise


Un groupe de chercheurs du Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) et de la New York University (NYU) ont créé une carte interactive de la langue anglaise en utilisant plus de 7,5 millions d'images trouvées sur internet. Ces images sont triées selon les relations sémantiques entre les mot et, selon les chercheurs, ce projet explore "la relation entre les similarités visuelles et sémantiques". Voici ce que cela donne au final : Chaque pixel de l'image est relatif à un des 53 […]

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English Pronunciation (by G. Nolst Trenité)

English Pronunciation (by G. Nolst Trenité) photo

Si vous pouvez prononcer correctement chaque mot de ce poème alors vous parlez mieux anglais que 90% des native English speakers dans le monde. Dearest creature in creation, Study English pronunciation. I will teach you in my verse Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse. I will keep you, Suzy, busy, Make your head with heat grow dizzy. Tear in eye, your dress will tear. So shall I! Oh hear my prayer. Just compare heart, beard, and heard, Dies and […]

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Newest words and phrases of 2008

It's been a while since the last vocab round-up so here goes : essential additions for the workplace and/or pub vocabulary for 2008 : SEAGULL MANAGER: A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps on everything, and then leaves. ASSMOSIS: The process by which some people seem to absorb success and advancement by kissing up to the boss rather than by working hard. SALMON DAY: The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to get […]

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English is a crazy language

Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England nor French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted, but if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a […]

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Newest words and phrases of 2007

The end of the year also means words additions to the dictionary. You know new words are added constantly, reflecting our use of the language - but... ever got to the front of a supermarket queue only to have a swipeout? Maybe you're more of a mouse potato who shops online or perhaps you're never far from the stores because you're wed to a WOOF. No idea what we're on about? Then swot up with this compilation of the newest […]

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Reading English homonyms

Can you read these right the first time ? 01. The bandage was wound around the wound. 02. The farm was used to produce produce. 03. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse . 04. We must polish the Polish furniture. 05. He could lead if he would get the lead out. 06. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert. 07. Since there is no time like the present , he thought […]

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Washington Post's mensa invitational

The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are the winners : 1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent... for an indefinite period of time. 2. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole. 3. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it […]

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