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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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England’s Forgotten Muslim History

England’s Forgotten Muslim History | English Usage for French Insights | Scoop.it
The sugar, silks, carpets and spices transformed what the English ate, how they decorated their homes and how they dressed. Words such as “candy” and “turquoise” (from “Turkish stone”) became commonplace. Even Shakespeare got in on the act, writing “Othello” shortly after the first Moroccan ambassador’s six-month visit.

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whynot's comment, September 19, 2:58 PM
via la page FB de Les Clionautes / www.clionautes.org (L’association a pour but la défense des contenus disciplinaires dans l’enseignement de l’histoire, la géographie et l’éducation morale et civique, dans tous les ordres d’enseignement. Elle s’implique dans la diffusion des nouvelles technologies de l’information et de la communication dans les disciplines enseignées.)
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The official EFSET® English test

The official EFSET® English test | English Usage for French Insights | Scoop.it
Test your English with the EF Standard English Test (EFSET®), the only open-access standardized English test built to rigorous academic requirements, identical to fee-based exams.
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The woman who forced us to look death in the face

The woman who forced us to look death in the face | English Usage for French Insights | Scoop.it
In the 1960s, British aristocrat Jessica Mitford wrote a best-seller on the funeral industry’s practices. Twenty years after her death, she can still teach us how to handle mortality.
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Reviving the Journals of Sylvia Plath

Reviving the Journals of Sylvia Plath | English Usage for French Insights | Scoop.it
The unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath span the entirety of the poet's adult life. Karen Kukil, who edited the journals, reflects on what we can learn from them about Plath's life and work.
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Why do Poets write Iambic Pentameter?

Why do Poets write Iambic Pentameter? | English Usage for French Insights | Scoop.it

Iambic Pentameter originated as an attempt to develop a meter for the English language legitimizing English as an alternative and equal to Latin (as a language also capable of great poetry and literature).   Since meter was a feature of all great Latin poetry, it was deemed essential that an equivalent be developed for the English Language. But poets couldn’t simply adopt Latin’s dactylic hexameter or dactylic pentameter lines. Latin uses quantitative meter, a meter based on alternating long and short syllables. English, on the other hand, is an accentual language – meaning that words are “accented” or stressed while others are, in a relative sense, unstressed. (There are no long or short syllables in English, comparable to Latin.)

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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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Richard Brody, Contributor - The New Yorker

Richard Brody, Contributor - The New Yorker | English Usage for French Insights | Scoop.it
Richard Brody began writing for The New Yorker in 1999, and has contributed articles about the directors François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, and Samuel Fuller. Since 2005, he has been the movie-listings editor at the magazine; he writes film reviews, a column about DVDs, and a blog about movies. He is the author of the book “Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard,” and is at work on a book on French New Wave Cinema.

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Thomas Murphy

Thomas Murphy | English Usage for French Insights | Scoop.it
Thomas Murphy - “Writing has nothing to do with signifying. It has to do with surveying, mapping, even realms that are yet to come.” — Deleuze & Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus
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ALBERTINE | The Orientalist and the Asylum: Gaëtan Gatain de Clérambault’s Veiled Photography

ALBERTINE | The Orientalist and the Asylum: Gaëtan Gatain de Clérambault’s Veiled Photography | English Usage for French Insights | Scoop.it
2016 Gould Fellow at the Clark Art Institut in New York, Art professor Maureen G. Shanahan will explore the psychiatric and photographic work of Gaëtan Gatian de Clérambault (1872-1934), a veteran of the war and chief psychiatrist for the Parisian police in the 1920’s and 30’. In these years, when the Parisian police provided services to and conducted surveillance of immigrants, Clérambault held a key role in describing, documenting, committing (or exiling) the criminally insane. This event is co-organized by the Clark Art Institute, in New York and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. Maureen G. Shanahan is a professor of art history at James Madison University.…
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Lord Evans of Temple Guiting obituary

Lord Evans of Temple Guiting obituary | English Usage for French Insights | Scoop.it
Publisher who turned Faber & Faber into a champion of the best contemporary writing
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Alfred A. Knopf, Sr. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alfred A. Knopf, Sr. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alfred Abraham Knopf, Sr. (September 12, 1892 - August 11, 1984) was an American publisher of the 20th century, and founder of Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.. His contemporaries included the likes of Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer, and (of the previous generation) Frank Nelson Doubleday, J. Henry Harper and Henry Holt.

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A Stranger at the Family Table - The New Yorker

A Stranger at the Family Table - The New Yorker | English Usage for French Insights | Scoop.it

I speak Mandarin with a neutral accent, but my speech inevitably bears traces of my origins and education, of growing up in a household where my parents spoke to each other in the Minnan dialect of Fujian province (specifically with a Penang-Malaysian accent and vocabulary), to us in Mandarin, to their siblings in Hainanese (on my father’s side) or a mixture of Hokkien and Cantonese (on my mother’s side). At school in Kuala Lumpur, a city historically dominated by immigrant Cantonese-speakers, the only Chinese language I used was Cantonese, mainly of a slangy, coarse variety that consisted mostly of profanity; otherwise I studied in and spoke Malay and the local strain of English. With my cousins in rural Perak and Kelantan, I spoke a pidgin of Malay, Mandarin, English, and Cantonese. I became quite skilled quite young at modulating my speech to suit whomever I was speaking to. I knew what proportion of Malay or Mandarin or colloquial English to use, and in what situation, knew when to swear in Cantonese, knew when to be correct, when to be urban-cool, when to be country-direct.

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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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whynot's curator insight, September 23, 2015 9:25 AM

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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