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February 15 2009 1 15 /02 /February /2009 21:42
Why is 10   afraid of 7 ?

Do you want a clue ? It's a pun!

10 is afraid of 7 because 7 ate 9.

Congratulations Juliana (10C) !
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February 14 2009 7 14 /02 /February /2009 13:47
Un problème de vocabulaire ? Le contexte ne vous permet pas de comprendre un mot ou le sens d'une phrase ?  Je vous recommande ce dictionnaire bilingue en ligne pour vos traductions anglais-français. Il est rapide et très simple à utiliser. Pour y accéder, cliquez sur le lien ci-dessous.
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Cambridge dictionary
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February 14 2009 7 14 /02 /February /2009 08:00

It is Valentine's day today.

Saint Valentine is the patron saint of lovers. St Valentine's day is celebrated all over the world.

In the UK,  people ( children, teenagers and adults) send cards, which can be anonymous, to the people they love or like on February 14th. One billion Valentine's Day cards are sent every year.

Valentine's card

 

 

People can send flowers, chocolates and other presents to their loved ones.

 

red rose box

 

In the USA, Valentine's day is big business : Americans spend about $10 billion every year!

 

Cupidon


Hearts, roses and Cupids are the most popular symbols of Valentine's Day. Cupid was the son of Venus, the Roman Goddess of love and beauty. Red is the colour of Valentine's Day because it is the colour of a heart and symbolizes love and passion.

Here's a typical poem :

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Sugar is sweet
And so are you.
red rose


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January 28 2009 4 28 /01 /January /2009 10:17

WALES or CYMRU


We talked about Wales last October when we studied the real King Arthur.

King Arthur was Welsh. He was born in 465 in South Wales, in a province called Dyfed.

He fought many battles and was very courageous. He won 12 great battles against the Saxons. People thought he was invincible, but he wasn't. He died in a battle in 542.

Wales is a Celtic country. Its capital city is Cardiff.

Here is a really nice video to watch:

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January 6 2009 3 06 /01 /January /2009 22:54
The song White Christmas  is a famous and popular Christmas song. The music and lyrics were written by Irving Berlin in 1942 and sung by Bing Crosby.
The lyrics of White Christmas struck a chord with the soldiers fighting in the Second World War and their families waiting for them back home.
Here is an extract from the film which was released in 1954.




But we could have sung this one by The Corrs...





On December 10th, 2000 the Corrs played for the President of the USA and all those present at the annual "Christmas in Washington" concert. They sang So this is Christmas, (the war is over).

  Which war were they referring to ? Who was the American President at the time ? When had he been elected ? How long was he elected ?
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November 30 2008 1 30 /11 /November /2008 17:52

Today is Saint Andrew's day.

Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland and St Andrews Day is celebrated on November, 30th each year in Scotland and by Scottish people around the world.



Andrew was one of the 12 Christian apostles and a fisherman like his father and brother.

He was crucified in Greece because he was a Christian. He was tied to an X-shaped cross and died 2 days later, still preaching the Gospel.

Saint Andrew's cross has become the Scottish national flag and is part of the Union Jack.


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November 5 2008 4 05 /11 /November /2008 11:12

 

On November 5th, people remember the gunpowder plot, a secret plan to overthrow the King of England in 1606.

 

Remember, remember

                                                            the fifth of November,

                                                            Gunpowder, treason,

                                                         and plot. I see no reason

Why gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot...


This is a poem that all British children learn for Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes' Night.

Children use old clothes to make a Guy and people give them money to buy firecrackers (A penny for the guy!). In the evening, there is a bonfire to burn the Guy.

Guy Fawkes


In 1605, Guy Fawkes who was a Catholic, tried to explode 36 barrels of gunpowder in the English Parliament in London. He wanted to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill the King.
The police stopped him and arrested him. People in London celebrated with bonfires.
Guy Fawkes was executed for treason.

400 years later, the British continue to have bonfires to "celebrate their most famous traitor."

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October 31 2008 6 31 /10 /October /2008 11:44
  It's Halloween today.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN !


On 31st October, the night before All Saints' Day, Americans, Scots and Irish people celebrate Hallowe'en : they dress up as witches and ghosts, have parties, tell ghost stories and play games.

Hallowe'en is the second biggest celebration in America after Christmas. Every year Americans spend more than $2.5 billion on sweets, cards, costumes and decorations. More than 66 per cent of houses are decorated.

Hallowe'en was originally a Celtic festival called Samhain celebrating the New Year. Celts believed that the dead could come back to the world on that day. So people wore costumes like witches and ghosts.

Today, Irish and Scottish kids dress up for Hallowe'en, and they visit houses and sing a song or tell a joke. They ask for candy and they say "Trick or treat ?" which means "Give me some candy or you'll get a bad surprise!" If they don't get sweets, they play a trick.
Irish and Scottish immigrants took Halloween to America.

American kids started celebrating Halloween in the 1950's.




  Where does this singalong come from ? What movie ?
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October 8 2008 4 08 /10 /October /2008 15:19

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When Christopher Columbus arrived in the Bahamas in 1492, he thought he was in India. That is why he called the people "Indians".

The Europeans wanted gold but they also discovered potatoes, strawberries and tobacco.

Here is a poem which American children learn for Columbus Day.


IN 1492

In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.

He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.

A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.

Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.

Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.

Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.

October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!

"Indians! Indians!" Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.

But "India" the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.

The Arawak natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.

Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he'd been told.

He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring to Spain.

The first American? No, not quite.
But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.


A New World
by Alice Crowell Hoffman




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September 3 2008 4 03 /09 /September /2008 21:45
Welcome back to school !
This is really easy stuff to brush up your classroom English...

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