Wonderful news everyone, we are now an official business and have received our temporary SIRET number! And, what better way to celebrate than by baking Chocolate Chip and Banana Muffins this Saturday, March 27th?! Join us for this week’s workshop and delight in the deliciousness of these scrumptious muffins!
Also, don’t forget that you can now sign your children up for our online English lessons over the Easter holidays. We will play games, learn about music, talk about films and help them find their comfort zone in English. Each lesson is 45 minutes long, for elementary aged children we offer 1 lesson per day; for middle and high school, it is 2 lessons per day, Monday to Friday.
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Spread the love! 10 scrumptious Marmite recipes, from roast potatoes to spaghetti
Okay, Marmite is really not my thing, but I think that we should all be open to trying new foods and experiencing other cultures. So, have a go! Read about all the different ways that you can prepare Marmite, and who knows, maybe you’re one of the lovers?!
Arrests after 6,000 people gather for illegal ‘carnival’ in Marseille
Want to read about French news in English? Try out The Local. Here’s an article to get you started about the recent “carnival” in Marseille!
Long Term Improvement
I recently saw a post on Facebook advertising Yoga in English. I think that’s a great idea. Pick an activity that you enjoy, and do it in English, or in whatever language you are trying to learn! It’s important to find enjoyment in language learning and it doesn’t really matter how you do it as long as you get to practice enough.
I have been learning lots of new words lately by reading books with my young son. Children’s books are great because they’re often written in a very rhythmic way, they rhyme, and we tend to read them aloud! Great practice!
Since I mentioned reading in the vocabulary advice above, I’ll mention it here too. While I was learning French, reading books with lots of dialogue really helped me understand how to use the imparfait and pasé composé tenses. They helped because I could follow the conversation on my own time, and I didn’t have to worry about interrupting the people speaking to ask about a word. Dialogue-rich novels are fabulous!
In honour of this week’s Brownie Bonanza workshop, let me intrduce today’s idiom: half-baked.
This is when an idea isn’t properly thought through. For example: “He came to us with a half-baked plan and expected us to back him up on it!”
“This half-baked plan is going to get us into a lot of trouble!”
If you haven’t already heard about it, we’re organising a free online baking workshop entirely in English this Saturday, March 13th. To sign up, simply go to the link below and enter your information, we still have a few spots left!
Have you read The Book with No Pictures? It’s a children’s book by B.J. Novak and it’s brilliant. It really has no pictures and is quite hilarious. My son just loves it and rolls around on the floor in stitches (laughing very hard)! Well, the word preposterous is in it, so I thought I’d make it today’s word, because I like the sound of it!
What a preposterous thing to say!
It is absolutely preposterous to think that I would do the dishes for you.
What a preposterous idea, I would never sky-dive in a bikini!
“I worked so hard to plan the perfect birthday party for Tim, I can’t believe you spilled the beans and spoiled the surprise!”
“Okay, I did all the housework, but don’t spill the beans before we get home, I want dad to be surprised!”
“She spilled the beans before I could even begin to tell the whole story!”
So what’s the origin of this funny old idiom? Apparently, from ancient Greece. It is said that black and white beans were used to cast a vote, once you ‘spilled’ them, you found out the results of the election. Well, this is one myth of the origin story, if you’d like to find out more hypotheses, click on the link below!