Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Queen's English

It was a royal end of the year in this blog, not that it has been visited much, nor commented,
Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain is the longest-reigning monarch in British history. She celebrated 65 years on the throne in February 2017 with her Sapphire Jubilee. No Diana nowhere on a picture or in a word, but in my mind and the minds of so many others, she represents true nobility. What do you think? 
If you don't like christmas carols either, fast forward to 0'48'' and listen at

The British Royal family and broadcasting…                                                                  Always at the forefront of technology.                                                                          3 landmarks : 1932 / 1957 / 2017

(HM means His or Her Majesty)

HM King George V — The first ever Royal Christmas Message (Written by Rudyard Kipling) - 1932

To read more about it :

The first televised Christmas Broadcast, 1957

« 25 years ago, my grandfather broadcast the first of these christmas messages. »
The Queen of England also talks about « the subtle corruption of the cynics ».
But the Empire no longer existed then. The Commonwealth replaces it.

The Queen's Christmas Broadcast 2017

Includes an extract from 1957 but doesn’t include reference to her Grandfather radio broadcast. She mentions the Commonwealth games, youth orchestra.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Connections : Past and present struggles

Find out what U.S. Sports landmark of the last 50 years is shown in the trailer.

1. President Nixon makes Title IX a reality (1972)
2. Wilma Rudolph wins three gold medals (1960)
3. Women’s soccer wins its second World Cup (1999)
4. Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs (1973)
5. All-American Girls Professional Baseball League forms (1943)
6. The WNBA tips off (1997)
7. Kathrine Switzer becomes first woman to compete in Boston Marathon (1967)
8. Danica Patrick becomes first woman to win IndyCar Race (2008)
9. UConn women’s basketball wins 90 in a row (2008-2010)

Here is a biopic, movie, film... Based on a true story.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Discover engdom.com for your benefit, English learners!

Discover engdom.com
This site is what I'd call a real treasure trove.
Here are some links. 
Visit, explore, use everyday and you'll improve your English!

Here is an example with male and female job words

and another that will help you learn how to ask for and give directions.

Thanks to the British Council and to the BBC. Above them all, thank you EngDom

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Slavery and civil war.

The U.S. civil war started in 1861 and ended in 1865.
Jim Crow laws followed.
It then took a hundred years to get theCivil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965
for colored people to have the same rights. Justice takes time...
Anyway, you can watch this FYI (for your information)

Saturday, October 28, 2017

The Square Palme d'Or 2017

Holiday time well spent. Hope you can afford a flick.
Went to see The Square. Here's the official trailer of that movie
running in #Reims this week at the Opera. 
Lucky to have an ...arthouse cinema here in Reims.                                                                  Just learnt a new word! Hope to talk about it with you (the movie is subtitled!) back to school.
Worth a good mark/grade I'm sure. And by the way, where are those comments anyway?

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

CONSENT : Easily understandable with tea instead.

I thought in the midst of the Harvey Weinstein story, posting this video could be appropriate. 
(Voc. brackets: Journalists tend to call what they are working on 'a story'. Judicial courts,deal with cases. In politics, they refer to narratives or story-telling.)

Sure, everybody likes a good story. Here is one.

Copyright ©2015 Emmeline May and Blue Seat Studios

Follow up article; from across the pond. June 10th, 2016... With this very Amercian title:

"The very British video helping Americans understand sexual consent."


Monday, September 04, 2017

Do you watch TV?

Get ready to talk about reality TV, what you think of it, your experience, etc...

Now watch this French documentary. It's 55 mn long. But it's worth the time.
Watch it, prepare an oral description and make a presentation to the class.

Dreaming is ok, reality beats fiction sometimes.

Sunday, August 27, 2017


Eulalia Duocastella-Plà, ex Poulon was one of our beloved English colleagues of Arago.
She worked as a brilliant and efficient English teacher in our high School for many years. Lately, she taught for 2 hours to the ATS. We mourn with them.
We will miss Eulalia's funny wit and precious friendship. She'd have liked that video.
We remember Madeleine too and love her two other children. We'll always be here for them.

"We all have this one life to live."

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Learning languages is a thrill...

You know... I get it.
No one commented on the former post, nor (or so very scarcely) on the others for that matter...
Go and have a look to MY comment below the ex first lady thingy
referring to my first post on the 12th of june 2005... Sunday, June 12, 2005, whatever, 
twelve years ago, oh my, oh my! First post, and in French! To make sure you get it.

Learning foreign languages is a must. Hope you get that!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Visit- A short film about prejudices

Some people are totally crazy and dangerous. Fortunately, the immense majority are not.

The Visit from Vishwas . on Vimeo.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017


MOVEMBER is tweet trending in France! I wandered on the thread and saw TED TV.
If you haven't bookmarked it yet, you've got to discover TED TV. 
It’s a great free TV where people from all over the world come to talk about different issues and experiences. 

One of my favourite speech is this one:
 “My stroke of insight”

And I also watched this to learn more about Movember which is now trending in France but not in the U.S. #Comey is #1 trend just now… FBI director James Comey.
So anyway, I watched this to know more about Movember… raising money, moustache, prostate cancer,setting up a charity.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

Former FLOTUS last May

This video dates back to the beginning of May, 2016.
Appearance on NCIS, the famous series, by First Lady Michelle Obama in Support of “Joining Forces”.
So FLOTUS  aka First Lady Of The United States, Michelle Obama aka #MIChell
 #MIC aka #MilitaryIndustrialComplex IN FULL SWING

MIChelle Obama playing the role of the first lady: 
"We should be thanking you. I mean we know the sacrifices our military families are making and it doesn’t go unnoticed. Nor do the sacrifices of our veterans."
Gibbs : Honor serving

"So FLOTUS  aka Michelle Obama aka #MIChell appears on NCIS.
#MIC aka #MilitaryIndustrialComplex IN FULL SWING or I don't know what I'm looking at.

READ my comment below

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Council Against Intolerance

A book that contains this map was under my Christmas tree. What was under yours?
Comment and get a fun good mark. Only on that blog! Easy good grades, don't you love them?

The Powerful 1940 Map That Depicts America as a Nation of Immigrants.

It was produced by the Council Against Intolerance in the lead up to World War II.