Make or Do? How do you choose?

 via GIPHY How to make a decision? It won’t do you any good if you don’t know because you’ll make mistakes! Avec cette phrase, voilà déjà 3 exemples avec “make” et “do” pour vous aider à les mémoriser en situation! En tant que francophone, nous sommes confronté à un dilemme quand nous apprenons à parler anglais: comment savoir s’il faut…

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Will you be my Valentine?

Valentine’s Day in the US and Canada is really something… It’s an experience (an annoying one if you ask me). It’s almost as big as Christmas et retailers of all kinds are happy about it. Almost as soon as Christmas is over and the decorations taken down, you can see red and pink hearts everywhere and ads reminding you that…

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February 2: La Chandeleur / Groundhog Day (le jour de la marmotte)

Many celebrations today! As usual with us French people we use any occasion to make a feast 😄 February 2nd is la Chandeleur and traditionnally we eat crepes. This pagan tradition from the Ancient Rome era then became a Catholic celebration, the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple. Nowadays, most people know that day as “crepes day” without any religious…

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Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of learning English!

Today, let’s dissect the meaning of the idiom “nitty-gritty”, usually preceded by the phrasal verb “get down to”. “Nitty-gritty”, I just love the sound of it, don’t you? The origin of the term is unknown, a few theories are circulating online but none of which has ever been proven so let’s skip to the definition. Commonly used in informal speech…

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11 Novembre : Remembrance Day

Allez, après Halloween, on continue dans la série “les différences culturelles entre la France et le Canada”. La signification du 11 Novembre et du vocabulaire:  “Poppy Day”, c’est l’autre nom du “Remembrance Day” (Jour du Souvenir) au Canada. Commémoration de l’Armistice de 1918 bien sûr mais aussi de tous les soldats morts au combat et vétérans ayant participé aux grands…

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