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Toolbox & documents for non-native English speakers Outils & documents pour l'entraînement à la pratique de l'anglais
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Boîte à outils :

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DICTIONNAIRES ENG-FR/FR-ENG

- Wordreference (avec forum très réactif quand on a une question)

- Grand dictionnaire terminologique (Canadien; vocabulaire technique)

 

DICTIONNAIRES/THESAURUS ANGLAIS

- The Free dictionary (bonnes définitions, synonymes)

 

USAGE

- avec une recherche plein texte entre "..." sur Google, évidemment

- Linguee

- My Memory

 

PRONONCIATION

- Amy Walker est fille de musiciens, actrice de formation, elle explique merveilleusement les différences de motricité, de résonance, de respiration des différents accents http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6BB9C7AAE6470D53

- pour tester la prononciation d'une phrase avec un avatar (exemple :

http://www.voki.com/pickup.php?scid=6886966&height=267&width=200),

http://www.voki.com/ c'est rigolo

 

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[taxonomy to be revised - too much overlap, not straightforward enough yet]

 

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'MONKEY'

'MONKEY' | English Usage for French Insights | Scoop.it

The monkey is an intelligence that has mastered Taoist powers but must learn the meekness and compassion of Buddhism.

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'Happy Birthday' song copyright claims are invalid, federal judge rules

'Happy Birthday' song copyright claims are invalid, federal judge rules | English Usage for French Insights | Scoop.it
The story began in 1893, with a Kentucky schoolteacher and her older sister. Patty Smith Hill and Mildred J. Hill wrote the song for Patty’s kindergarten students, titling it “Good Morning To All.” The original lyrics Patty wrote were: “Good morning to you / Good morning to you / Good morning, dear children / Good morning to all."

Patty later said that she had worked with her sister to compose a simple melody to match the words that could be easily sung by young children.
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Wow! It's gymnastics singing the most well-known song to the tune but with the original lyrics:

"Good morning to you

Good morning to you

Good morning, dear children

Good morning to all.".

 

Furthermore: consider that THE 'day' effectively starts in the night*, going through the moon course before the sun time... Again, with the shift in attention to the 'middle' of the 'usual time', the original lyrics work very nicely indeed.

Or should we say better than ever? Then again, I'm not much one for birthdays. Curious anyhow.

 

* Ivan Segré, https://youtu.be/fV5MQHldBLQ

 

 

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Pourquoi les Anglais roulent-ils à gauche?

Pourquoi les Anglais roulent-ils à gauche? | English Usage for French Insights | Scoop.it

N’y voyez aucun effet de leur légendaire excentricité. Les Anglais ne sont pas les seuls à rouler à gauche. Un tiers des pays dans le monde font de même. Cette pratique remonte à l’Antiquité, quand les hommes, en majorité droitiers, portaient leur épée à gauche pour la dégainer plus rapidement.

 

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Why Women Apologize and Should Stop

Why Women Apologize and Should Stop | English Usage for French Insights | Scoop.it

Julia Child, a consummate charmer, said it best: “Never apologize.” Probably because she never asked anyone to eat dirt.

 
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Goodwill

le goodwill (selon le Vernimmen, « Le goodwill naît de l'écart entre le prix payé pour acquérir une société, mettons 100, et la quote part des capitaux propres de cette société qui revient à l'acquéreur, mettons 40 »). L’invention de ce dernier est relativement récente. Au contraire du capital (qui figure au passif d’un bilan), l’évaluation du goodwill (ce dernier figurant à l’actif ; j’ajoute exprès au passage, que le goodwill est à mon sens rempli d’images) est souvent complexe parce qu’elle est, à mon sens, plus directement liée « au social » (il faudrait presque doubler les guillemets tant la chose est brûlante !; je rappelle aussi la terminologie « parts sociales »).
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The Sidelong Glance | Robert Frost’s Letter of Advice to His Young Daughter On Essay-Writing

The Sidelong Glance | Robert Frost’s Letter of Advice to His Young Daughter On Essay-Writing | English Usage for French Insights | Scoop.it
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I don’t know you know whether its worth very much — I mean the essay — when you have it written. I’m rather afraid of it as an enemy to the really creative writing that holds scenes and things in the eye voices in the ear and whole situations as a sort of plexus in the body (I don’t know just where).

via Florence Trocmé

 


Via Florence Trocmé, Brigitte Cadaureille
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Poetry Brothel puts the bawd in bard

Poetry Brothel puts the bawd in bard | English Usage for French Insights | Scoop.it
A party where you pay to have verse read to you in a bordello-style setting is packing in the punters. Are poetry and sex work really comparable?
I am in the back room of the Backroom cocktail bar in New York, reclining on a fur-covered day bed.
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Une librairie française se crée à New York | LeTemps.ch

Une librairie française se crée à New York | LeTemps.ch | English Usage for French Insights | Scoop.it

Albertine vient combler un vide absurde dans une ville aussi cosmopolite que New York. Au cours de ces dernières années, les enseignes vendant des œuvres en français ont fermé les unes après les autres. La Librairie de France, installée dans le célèbre Rockefeller Center pendant 74 ans, faisait figure d’ultime rescapée dans un environnement livresque en pleine mutation. Elle a dû à son tour fermer ses portes en 2009 (...)

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NO-MORE-WAR-DAY SPECIAL - WAVES & MUSIC

As Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest reigning monarch in British history, we take a look at some of her most significant waving moments.
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Why Teaching Poetry Is So Important

Why Teaching Poetry Is So Important | English Usage for French Insights | Scoop.it
16 years after enjoying a high school literary education rich in poetry, I am a literature teacher who barely teaches it. So far this year, my 12th grade literature students have read nearly 200,000 words for my class.
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L’oreille du traducteur

L’oreille du traducteur | English Usage for French Insights | Scoop.it
Si vous entendez l’anglais, ne passez pas à côté de cette remarquable conférence (19 minutes) de notre collègue Frédéric Grellier, traducteur et non-voyant (cliquer sur l’image). .
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Jean-Pierre Carasso, Rien que la vie

Jean-Pierre Carasso, Rien que la vie | English Usage for French Insights | Scoop.it
Nous apprenons la triste nouvelle de la mort de Jean-Pierre Carasso, traducteur hors pair des plus grands : Carver, Hemingway, Norman Mailer, Alice Munro, la liste est infinie… C’est à travers ses mots, et ceux de sa compagne Jacqueline Huet, que nous avons lu La Conjuration des imbéciles, Jay McInerney, redécouvert Last Exit to Brooklyn (« œuvre…
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9 French Words We Should Be Using in English

9 French Words We Should Be Using in English | English Usage for French Insights | Scoop.it
French has many “why don’t we have a word for that?” words and even more that are just plain beautiful. Here’s a short list of my 9 favorite French words.
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'Vulgar' use of parmesan cheese

'Vulgar' use of parmesan cheese | English Usage for French Insights | Scoop.it

The Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese Consortium could launch legal action against Pornhub, after the website released an advert for its new subscription service which features the much-loved product.

The advert depicts a middle-aged couple shopping in the supermarket, where the man asks the woman: “Why don’t we get this aged Parmigiano-Reggiano? They say it’s the Pornhub Premium of cheeses.”

 
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▶ English Country Dances - 17Th Century Music - J.Playford,D.Douglass,P.O'Dette,A.Lawrence-King - YouTube

Related Exhibition: The Art of Dissent in 17th-Century China Masterpieces of Ming Loyalist Art from the Chih Lo Lou Collection September 7, 2011 -- January 2...
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Believe me, &c. | Wellington's Dispatches on June 19th, 1815

Believe me, &c. | Wellington's Dispatches on June 19th, 1815 | English Usage for French Insights | Scoop.it

200 years gone: Battle of Waterloo

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C. 1900s: IMMIGRANT FAMILY, ELLIS ISLAND, NEW YORK (VIA EUROPEANA)

C. 1900s: IMMIGRANT FAMILY, ELLIS ISLAND, NEW YORK (VIA EUROPEANA) | English Usage for French Insights | Scoop.it

http://www.retronaut.com/#agency

 

"We make the past go viral.

 

We work with

museums, archives and brands

to supercharge the power

of their collections."

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Cross-Channel: British Art in French Public Collections

Cross-Channel: British Art in French Public Collections | English Usage for French Insights | Scoop.it

The purpose of the Cross-Channel database is to bring to the public a group of works in many cases under-recognized, unknown, or hitherto inadequately identified. The database is especially intended to highlight the extent of French collections of British art.

 The project was launched in the wake of the 1994 Louvre exhibition D'outre-Manche.L'Art Britannique dans les Collections Publiques Françaises ("Cross-Channel: British Art in French Public Collections"), which presented the initial results of our research. Since then our knowledge of the field has increased and, encouraged by the ongoing interest in British art in France, the nation's public collections have expanded via sometimes spectacular acquisitions. This online catalogue is the creation of a French team comprising Marie-Alice Seydoux, Camille Dorange, Guillaume Faroult and myself. It brings together almost 3000 works by British artists in every field except engraving and photography; all the works are pre-1940 and all belong to French public collections. Each is presented in an individual entry comprising the following sections: title, artist, medium, dimensions, inventory number, provenance, bibliography and exhibition history. All of them are reproduced when current copyright provisions permit. The present location of the work is specified, and photographs of the institution in question are included, together with a link to its website.

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Paris in the 1920s: Meet the Flappers

Paris in the 1920s: Meet the Flappers | English Usage for French Insights | Scoop.it
by Maggie Burch

 

Paris in the 1920s: Changes in Society Lead to Changes in Fashion
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The Piece: "doing it" | Judy Pfaff: Making & Feeling - YouTube

Episode #157: Filmed in 2006 at her upstate New York home and during the installation of "Buckets of Rain" (2006) in New York City, Judy Pfaff discusses the ...
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Pass the 'dawicki', I want to have a 'snoozywatch' - Telegraph

Pass the 'dawicki', I want to have a 'snoozywatch'  - Telegraph | English Usage for French Insights | Scoop.it
New slang words have emerged, often developed within families to describe items such as the remote control, and make mundane conversations more interesting
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"Roger that" | Notes and Queries | guardian.co.uk

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My name is Roger Thatney and I am 91 years old. I was serving as a testing pilot at the beginning of WW2 for the US Navy and since our plane equipped radio systems were not very advanced the signal was often getting lost and only parts of the conversations were heard, so whenever my name was called other pilots only heard "Roger..", or "..That..", so we were often joking about the signal quality and eventually instead of saying "I understand" they started jokingly saying "Roger That" and everyone knew exactly what they meant. Later the phrase caught up with the radio signal engineers who were working at making our planes getting better reception as well as creating plane radar systems and the phrase was later used to name aircraft radio equipment developing projects - on May 3rd, 1941 project "Roger" was created at the Naval Aircraft Factory to install and test their, then "new", "airborne radar equipment". The equipment proved to be very useful in the next few months so the phrase "Roger That" spread across all of the Navy and later other US Army units... The rest was history...

 

Roger Thatney, Chicago, IL USA

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On Liberty: Edward Snowden and top writers on what freedom means to them

On Liberty: Edward Snowden and top writers on what freedom means to them | English Usage for French Insights | Scoop.it
As the campaining group turns 80, Shami Chakrabarti, Ian McEwan, Tom Stoppard, Julian Barnes and others reflect on liberty
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