SALC

Here are some suggestions on how to use the SALC to practice and learn languages.

SALC - Here are some suggestions on how to use the SALC to practice and learn languages.

Leer y escribir caracteres chinos

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Este Curso de Caracteres Chinos por Internet se basa en un excelente método con el que podrás practicar chino de forma amena, ordenada y eficiente. ¡Ideal para reforzar lo aprendido en clases!

Las lecciones del curso están agrupadas en tres niveles : Básico, Medio y Avanzado

Ofrece numerosos ejercicios de caracteres y vocabulario chino que facilitan la memorización.

Además, cada usuario también puede confeccionar sus propias listas de estudio de caracteres y vocabulario según sus intereses o necesidades. El sistema preparará automáticamente ejercicios de repaso sobre sus listas de estudio.

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Fonetica China

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El Pinyin se creo en China sobre los años 50, y es actualmente el sistema de transcripción fonética del Chino más aceptada y utilizada.

El Pinyin es la equivalencia del Chino en caracteres occidentales, lo cual facilita el aprendizaje a todas aquellas personas que están comenzando a aprender Chino y no conocen aún el alfabeto Chino.

El alfabeto del Pinyin está creado de forma que es la equivalencia más aproximada a la fonética china, por lo que resulta más sencillo asociar las palabras a la pronunciación.

Conoce màs acerca del hànyǔ pīnyīn, un concepto elemental en el aprendizaje del idioma Chino.

 


Los tonos, introducción a la fonética china

Leyendo pinyin

Adjectifs Possessifs

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L’adjectif possessif apporte des informations de genre, de nombre, et de personne (information concernant le possesseur).
Exemples :
Ma veste / Mon manteau.
-Mes chemises
Votre travail mérite tous nos compliments.

L’adjectif possessif : « Ma » est accordé en genre et en nombre avec le mot « veste », comme c’est le même cas pour les autres adjectifs possessifs (Mon, mes, votre, nos…etc.).

L’adjectif possessif s’établit ainsi en relation entre ce qui est possédé et :
Celui (ou ceux) qui parle (nt): mon chien, notre chien.
Celui (ceux) à qui l’on parle: ton chien, votre chien.
Celui (ceux) dont on parle: son chien, leur chien.

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Remarque : La distinction de genre ne peut se faire que si possesseur et possédé sont au singulier.

Utilisation de l’adjectif possessif :
Devant un mot féminin commençant par une voyelle ou par un h muet, on utilise mon, ton, son au féminin.
Sa belle histoire ==> Son histoire.

L’adjectif possessif indique très souvent un lieu social (parenté, rapport professionnel, utilisation, etc.).

Exemples :
Mon père – Mes voisins – ma secrétaire.
Les ouvriers occupent leur usine.
J’ai perdu mon chemin.

L’adjectif peut s’utiliser également, dans certains cas, à la première personne, lorsque l’on s’adresse à un supérieur.

Exemple :
Mon général.

Cet usage du possessif comme marque de respect persiste à l’intérieur de mots comme : Monsieur, Madame, Mademoiselle, Monseigneur, etc.

Dans le cas où la possession (l’appartenance) est évidente, comme pour les parties du corps, l’usage veut que l’on n’utilise pas l’adjectif possessif si la personne est déjà clairement exprimée.
J’ai mal au ventre ==> J’ai mal à mon ventre (ne se dira pas).

Source: http://www.francaisfacile.com/exercices/exercice-francais-2/exercice-francais-22032.php

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ADJECTIFS POSSESSIFS

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L’adjectif possessif ex 

Excercises d’application adjectifs possessifs

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Reported Speech

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If we report what another person has said, we usually do not use the speaker’s exact words (direct speech), but reported (indirect) speech. Therefore, you need to learn how to transform direct speech into reported speech. The structure is a little different depending on whether you want to transform a statement, question or request.

When we are reporting things in the present, future or present perfect we don’t change the tense.

When we tell people what someone has said in the past, we generally make the tense ‘more in the past’.

  • You look very nice. = I told him he looked very nice.
  • He’s working in Siberia now. = She told me he was working in Siberia now.
  • Polly has bought a new car. = She said Polly had bought a new car.
  • Jo can’t come for the weekend. = She said Jo couldn’t come for the weekend.
  • Paul called and left a message. = He told me Paul had called and had left me a message.
  • I’ll give you a hand. = He said he would give me a hand.

However, when we are reporting something that was said in the past but is still true, it is not obligatory to make the tense ‘more in the past’. The choice is up to the speaker. For example:

“The train doesn’t stop here.”

  • He said the train doesn’t stop here.
  • He said the train didn’t stop here.

“I like Sarah.”

  • She said she likes Sarah.
  • She said she liked Sarah.

When we are reporting what was said, we sometimes have to change other words in the sentence.

We have to change the pronoun if we are reporting what someone else said. Compare these two sentences. In each case the person actually said “I don’t want to go.”

  • I said I didn’t want to go.
  • Bill said he didn’t want to go.

We have to change words referring to ‘here and now’ if we are reporting what was said in a different place or time.
Compare these two sentences. In each case the person actually said “I’ll be there at ten tomorrow.”

  • (If it is later the same day) He said he would be there at ten tomorrow.
  • (If it is the next day) He said he would be there at ten today.

Now compare these two sentences.

  • (If we are in a different place) He said he would be there tomorrow at ten.
  • (If we are in the place he is coming to) He said he would be here at ten tomorrow.

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Reported Speech exercise

Put sentences in order

Match Questions and answers: Reported Speech

Match Questions and answers: Reported Speech 2

Complete sentences with Reported Speech

Listening to reported speech

Hope it was helpful for you! Remember to leave a comment about what do you think about the sources we provide or even to provide feedback, we are really interested to know what you think!

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Caresse Sur L’Océan Paroles

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Vous pouvez pratiquer votre écoute avec la chanson ci-dessous: “Caresse sur l’Ocean” qui est une ballade vraiment belle et significative. Cette pièce a été extraite de la bande originale du film “Les Choristes”.  Vous pouvez la trouver dans notre matériel de soutien.   Qu’est-ce que vous attendez? Venez vite au SALC pour découvrir  ce film à ne pas rater  ! Nous sommes là pour vous aider!

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Caresse sur l´océan Paroles

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Speak English fluently

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You know the language, the grammar and even the pronunciations. However, you might find it difficult to speak flawless English without hesitation for five whole minutes. That is due to lack of fluency. Your brain knows all the words, but since you have not trained it enough, it is not able to bring forth those words as quickly as needed to speak fluently.

Importance of fluency in English

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Just like grammar and vocabulary, fluency in English is a mark of a learned person. Fluency helps you sell your ideas, communicate your thoughts to others, convince, reach out, and even impress with a speech that is clear, confident, to the point and crisp.

You can improve fluency of a language only by talking. You need to go about learning a new language just like you learnt your mother tongue. You listened and you repeated. You do the same with English. Most people have excellent written expression but when it comes to verbal, they are stumped.

You get enough time to repeat your thoughts in your head before writing or typing. However, while speaking, you have to be quick. The other person does not have all the time in the world to listen to you stammering and grope through words. By the time you actually finish your sentence, the listener would have forgotten what you began in the first place. Being fluent helps your thoughts to be heard clearly and correctly.

Three simple tips to improve fluency.

Listen

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Listen to the common phrases, words and diction. Listening to news broadcasts such as BBC and CNN will be of great help. Repeat newly learnt phrases with a colleague or family member. Speak aloud. Muttering in your head will not help because your mouth is not used to moving that fast or used to certain set of words. Listen and repeat.

Read

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Read good quality books by famous authors and good English newspapers. You will find many new words by reading books. This will improve your vocabulary. Understand the context in which the new words are used. Use them in sentences while speaking to colleagues and family or friend. Do not make it sound too artificial.

Talk

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Communicate in English as much as possible. It is all right to be wrong. It is totally fine to make mistakes. You learn from your mistakes and move on. Your mental block could also be a hindrance for fluency. That means that the thought ‘I am poor in verbal expression’ can make you stammer. So do not just talk. Talk confidently. Talk to convince. Talk to take people by storm. That is how you improve English. Once this mental block clears, your fluency will improve on its own.

Follow these simple tips to improve fluency. Believe in yourself and never shy away from mistakes. Take them seriously and vow not to repeat the mistake ever again. In addition, do not forget to listen, read and talk your way to fluency.

Easy huh? Why don´t you try to book a conversation corner session with one of our teachers?

Let´s start from there!☺ We will be more than happy to help you.

 

source https://www.urbanpro.com/a/how-to-speak-english-fluently-importance-tips

24 heures à Bruxelles.

Préparation As- tu déjà visité la Belgique? Si oui, qu´en as tu-pensé? Si non, est-ce une destination qui t´intpire? Pourquoi (pas) ?

Bruxelles est la capitale d l´Europe et de la bande dessinée – Tintin, Lucky Luke et les Schtroumpfs* y sont tous nés. Pour en percer les secrets*, suis le guide!

•Culture•

De l´art surréaliste.bruxelles_musee_magritte_fa

Peu de tableux sont aussi ludiques* et poétiques que ceux du père des surréalistes, René Magritte: une immersion au cœur de son univers, dans le musée Magritte, est un passage obligé*. On y trouve ses plus grands chefs-d´œuvre*. Le musée comprend en effet 200 œuvres d l´artiste et est situé en centre-ville. S´ill fait beau, vous pouvez lui préférer une balade en plein air: 40 peintures murales inspirées des bandes dessinées les plus populaires.

•Gastronomie•

Une gastronomie réputée.

061875-bruxelles-brussel-moules-marinieres-et-fritesComment résister au plat national belge, les moules marinières  servies avec des frites ? Si vous êtes d´humeur aventureuse, vous pourrez en goûter au
curry ou à la sauce piquante*. En dessert, optez pour une gaufre au chocolat ou à la crème fraîche. Un délice!

•Marchés•

Des objets fabuleux.

Les amateurs de marchés trouveront leur bonheur à Bruxelles. Marchés de pt114038fleurs, d´antiquités, d´art, alimentaires, biologiques ou généralistes… On y
 trouve de tout! Si vous cherchez la perle rare – une satuette de chien, des lunettes de soleil des années 1970 ou des vinyles – vous la trouverez sans doute au marché BVM, entièrement dédié* aux produits vintage.

•Musique•

Une scène musicale éclectique.
deluxe_packshot_smallMails in n´y a pas que des antiquités à Bruxelles: la scène musicale de la ville est très dynamique. Le groupe électro-pop Oscar and the Wolf en est un très bon représentant. Le chanteur, max Colombie, s´est récemment installé à Bruxelles. Il dit : J´y trouve l´inspiration. À bruxelles, il y a tous les jours quelque chose qui m´étonne, qui me trouble.*

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Compréhension

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Have you ever seen the rain?

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Creedence Clearwater Revival, often shortened to Creedence and abbreviated as CCR, was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The band consisted of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriterJohn Fogerty, his brother rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford. Their musical style encompassed the roots rock,  swamp rock, and blues rock genres. Despite their San Francisco Bay Areaorigins, they portrayed a Southern rock style, with lyrics about bayous, catfish, the Mississippi River, and other popular elements of Southern UnCreedence_Clearwater_Revival_1968ited States iconography, as well as political and socially-conscious lyrics about topics including the Vietnam War.

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s music is still a staple of U.S. radio airplay; the
band has sold 26 million albums in the United States alone. Creedence Clearwater Revival was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. Rolling Stone ranked the band 82nd on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. Their musical influence can be heard in many genres, including southern rock, grunge, roots rock, and blues.

Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” is a song written by John Fogerty and released as a single in 1971 from the album Pendulum (1970). The song charted highest in Canada, reaching number one on the RPM 100 national singles chart ll stop the rainin March 1971. In the U.S., in the same year it peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart (where it was listed as “Have You Ever Seen the Rain? / Hey Tonight”, together with the B-side). On Cash Box pop chart, it peaked at number three. In the UK, it reached number 36. It was the group’s eighth gold-selling single.


Some have speculated that the song’s lyrics are referencing the Vietnam War, with the “rain” being a metaphor for bombs falling from the sky. In his review of the song for Allmusic website, Mark Deming suggests that the song is about the idealism of the 1960s and about it fading in the wake of events such as the Altamont Free Concert and the Kent State shootings and that Fogerty is saying that the same issues of the 1960s still existed in the 1970s but that people were no longer fighting for them. However, Fogerty himself has said in interviews creedence_clearwater_revival_5and prior to playing the song in concert that the song is about rising tension within CCR and the imminent departure of his brother Tom from the band. In an interview, Fogerty stated that the song was written about the fact that they were on the top of the charts, and had surpassed all of their wildest expectations of fame and fortune. They were rich and famous, but somehow all members of the band at the time were depressed and unhappy. Thus the line “Have you ever seen the rain, coming down on a sunny day.” The band split in October the following year after the release of the album Mardi Gras.

John Fogerty released a live version of the song on his The Long Road Home – In Concert DVD which was recorded at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, California on September 15, 2005.

This Song will help you to see the structure of the Past Simple, Present Perfect and Future -Will-. Have you noticed it? Will you be able to recognize each tense? 

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Nursery Rhymes

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DEFINITION.

Nursery rhyme is a short, simple poem or song for very young children.

Did you know Nursery Rhymes carried a deep yet creepy message behind the singing and fun in words? Here is an article That will explain a bit more about the hidden message in these songs. Are you ready to probably get goosebumps?