Summer solstice at Stonehenge

19 de junio de 2018 at 20:37

Watching the sunrise at Stonehenge on summer solstice. Source@wikimedia commons

Did you know that the summer solstice happens when the sun is in its highest position in the sky as the North Pole tilts towards the sun by 23.4˚? This is the longest day of the year in terms of sunlight as the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn in the Northern Hemisphere. The exact date for this changes every year but it is somewhere around the 21st June. However, this event is not just important for astronomy. In the UK the summer solstice has a direct relationship to the ancient monument Stonehenge.  Read on for more…

A perfect picnic

11 de junio de 2018 at 17:57

June is a lovely time to be outdoors and when the weather is good, picnics are the way to go.  It only takes a warm day for people in the USA and the UK to pack their picnic baskets and head to the great outdoors. Discover more and pick up some summer eating tips here!

Morris dancing in May

8 de mayo de 2018 at 16:33

In the UK the traditional May Day holiday is the first Monday in May.  This is a village festival that can be traced back to the ancient Roman festival of Flora (the Roman goddess of flowers). As it celebrates the start of spring and summer flowers and dancing are major themes and a proper village festival wouldn’t be complete without a performance from a Morris team.   Read on for more…

The spoken word

24 de abril de 2018 at 17:52

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Did you know that William Shakespeare and Miguel Cervantes both died on April 23rd?

This strange but true fact is one of the main reasons that April is a very special month for books. In April there is St Jordi’s Day in Catalunya and also UNESCO’s World Book Day. However, before there were books and the written word, there was the oral tradition and the «spoken word». In recent times, spoken word performances have been enjoying a renaissance; find out more here.

La perroquette

9 de abril de 2018 at 10:07

Ne cherchez pas dans le Petit Robert. Le mot perroquette n’existe pas. Pourtant, l’animal existe et je suis bien placée pour le savoir, puisque je suis une perroquette.

Infatigable, imperturbable et intarissable, je connais tous les synonymes du verbe RÉPÉTER sur le bout de mes petites pattes crochues.

Avec mon père, je radote
C’est incroyable

Are March hares really mad?

26 de marzo de 2018 at 21:07

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Source: Wikimedia commons

As mad as a March hare, or so the saying goes, is used to describe someone who is wild and crazy. Hares are bigger versions of rabbits, and they are so popular in UK culture that you might even know of one famous hare from “Alice in Wonderland”. So, are they really mad? Read on and discover more animal myths in our March post…

Quand l’appétit va, tout va

21 de febrero de 2018 at 11:29

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Ma devise familiale, c’est celle d’Astérix et Obélix: «Quand l’appétit va, tout va!». Donc, chez moi, qui dit février, dit Chandeleur. Et qui dit Chandeleur, dit crêpes. Ce qui m’étonne, c’est que les étrangers adorent les crêpes mais qu’ils ne savent presque jamais les préparer eux-mêmes. Au risque de me faire haïr des propriétaires de crêperies bretonnes du monde entier, je vais donc vous donner

Let there be light

12 de febrero de 2018 at 12:29


Source: wikimedia commonsLight festivals in cities are now all the rage. Modern advances in light technology have made these large-scale art installations possible, and the results are stunning. Barcelona holds its own light event in the middle of February (16th – 18th) called the «Festival Llum» to celebrate Santa Eulàlia. But what is a light festival and what can you expect if you attend one?  In this post, we’ll look at some popular light festivals.

Ce que vos profs n’ont jamais osé vous dire

8 de febrero de 2018 at 10:25


Les étudiants de français font des gaffes. Et elles sont tellement énormes que leurs profs n’ont pas toujours le courage de leur dire la vérité. Mes étudiants ont mis les pieds dans le plat si souvent que ma conscience ne me laisse plus continuer dans ce silence complice. C’est bientôt la Saint Valentin, alors

In the dead of winter

5 de febrero de 2018 at 20:49

In the northern hemisphere, the months of January and February are often called the dead of winter because it is the coldest part of the year.

In our last post, we talked about learning new vocabulary as a new year’s resolution. To help start this off for 2018 here are some ‘dead of winter’ idioms that will help you to feel the cold all year long. Read on for more…