Viajes para recordar…

Hoy os dejamos dos redacciones más de nuestras alumnas de francés sobre dos viajes. Seguro que ya estáis pensando en vuestras vacaciones. Si queréis compartir alguna anécdota, no dudéis en dejarnos vuestros comentarios abajo en el post (¡en cualquier idioma!).

¡A practicar!

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IMPRÉVU DANS LE VOYAGE
Nous sommes allés en France la semaine de Pâques en avion. Concrètement, notre destination était la Charente, à l’ouest du pays, et ensuite deux jours à Eurodisney. Le jour avant de partir, pendant la préparation des valises et la documentation nécessaire pour le voyage, j’ai pensé à vérifier les cartes d’identité des enfants parce que je savais que la durée de validité était de moins de 5 ans. Finalement, notre surprise a été confirmée, la documentation avait expiré deux semaines avant.

Ensuite, nous avons commencé à faire toutes les gestions nécessaires. D’abord, nous avons appelé la compagnie aérienne pour savoir si les mineurs de 14 ans pouvaient voyager avec la carte d’identité expirée accompagnée de notre livret de famille. Malheureusement, la réponse a été non. Puis, nous avons cherché sur Internet si nous pouvions  faire des passeports d’urgence et nous avons eu de la chance parce que c’était possible. Encore une fois, nous avons dû faire un autre appel, cette fois à la Police National pour vérifier si c´était possible, quelle documentation nous devions présenter et à quelle heure nous pourrions y aller.

Donc, nous nous sommes levées très tôt  le dimanche, le jour du vol, pour aller chercher un photomaton et aller ensuite au poste de police de l’aéroport, terminal 1, et finalement nous avons réussi et nous avons pu prendre l’avions à l’heure et partir  en France.

Après ces imprévus, nous avons passé des vacances magiques.

Por S. Cabestany


 

L’heure d’atterrissage!

C’était en 2010, je ne me rappelle pas du mois. J’avais pris le petit avion à deux hélices comme tous les quinze jours pour aller à Niamey depuis ma ville au cœur du pays, et comme toujours en passant par d’autres villes et villages dans un voyage dont on ne pouvait jamais prévoir la durée.

Premier arrêt : Agadez, au nord du pays. Le petit avion descendait doucement mais toujours avec ce bruit assourdissant des hélices. C’était toujours incroyable d’atterrir là-bas en regardant les dunes autour de la piste. Les dunes défilaient l’une après l’autre. Tout d’un coup je me rends compte que cela durait trop longtemps et les gens commençaient à se regarder. À ce moment précis, le pilote nous adresse quelques mots : « le train d’atterrissage ne sort pas, nous allons partir directement à Niamey, nous avons assez de carburant pour y arriver mais pour un seul atterrissage, il vaut mieux le faire à la capital où on peut compter sur les techniciens ».

J’ai pris beaucoup d’avions, de toutes les tailles, et pas toujours des vols agréables, mais cette sensation d’avoir une seule chance était nouvelle. Et je ne faisais pas si confiance aux techniciens de la capital.

Nous avions repris de la  hauteur et nous nous sommes préparés pour un trajet de deux heures pour tenter cette seule et unique chance. Le copilote sortait le livre d’instructions pour apprendre comment faire sortir le train d’atterrissage manuellement. Entre temps on nous a suggéré de lire attentivement le livret de recommandations de sécurité. Et cela a été la lecture la moins attentive de ma vie, car des millions d’idées passaient par ma tête.

Finalement nous étions en train d’arriver à Niamey et le copilote a sorti une barre entre les deux sièges de la cabine avec laquelle il a poussé le système manuel pour faire descendre le train d’atterrissage. Nous avons atterri sur la piste sans d’autres problèmes, et rapidement, nous,  les 10-12 passagers, sommes sortis de l’avion en mettant consciemment pied sur terre, comme jamais avant.

Por C. Corredoira

Critique du film ‘De rouille et d’os’ de Jacques Audiard

En Ziggurat Escuela Corporativa de Idiomas, no sólo enseñamos inglés, también damos clases de otros idiomas. Hoy os dejamos una crítica de cine de uno de nuestros alumnos de francés.

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De rouille et d’os est un drame où le réalisateur du film, Jacques Audiard, nous montre comment la vie de deux personnes qui appartiennent à des mondes très différents se croisent accidentellement et la relation qu’elles ont à partir de ce moment-là.

Marion Cotillard joue le rôle d’une dresseuse d’orques dans un parc aquatique à qui les médecins amputent les jambes à la hauteur des genoux à cause d’un terrible accident, ce qui l’enfonce dans une profonde dépression.

Marion Cotillard compose le rôle magnifique d’une femme qui passe par des situations dramatiques mais qu’elle sera capable de dépasser grâce à la relation qu’elle établit avec Ali – le personnage interprété par Mattias Schoenaerts dans le film – un homme rude, vaincu et au bord de l’exclusion sociale qui doit s’occuper de son fils abandonné par son ex-compagne. Pour survivre, Ali partira chez sa sœur dans le Sud de la France où il travaillera comme videur de discothèque et boxeur en combats illégaux.

Tout au long du film, Audiard dessine la personnalité de chacun des personnages avec des petites nuances, des gestes, la position de la caméra, le traitement de la lumière ou de la photographie et il immerge les spectateurs dans l’univers des personnages et les fait réfléchir à l’histoire qu’ils voient à l’écran.

De Rouille et d’os est un film cru et poétique en même temps, qui transmet la fragilité des êtres humains mais aussi le besoin d’espérance qu’on doit avoir pour se sortir des situations difficiles.

À mon avis, c’est un grand film.

Le voyage en Égypte avec un petit incident

En Ziggurat Escuela Corporativa de Idiomas también hacemos clases de francés. Hoy queremos compartir un escrito que una de nuestras alumnas, Almudena, ha redactado para practicar sus habilidades de escritura:

“Il y a 18 ans, à peu près, quand je travaillais dans un tour opérateur ici à Barcelone, je suis partie en vacances avec mon mari en Égypte. Nous avons fait une croisière sur le Nil pendant cinq jours, et après nous sommes  restés trois jours au Caire.

Le jour où nous étions à Louxor nous avons fait un tour en calèche tirée par deux chevaux (chariot typique) jusqu’au marché d’Edfou. Là, il y avait beaucoup de monde, surtout des touristes, comme nous. Nous sommes entrés dans quelques petits magasins traditionnels avant d’acheter les souvenirs pour la famille.

Quant à la fin je me suis décidée à faire mes achats, j’ai eu une surprise… J’avais oublié mon porte-monnaie ou je l’avais perdu. J’étais très nerveuse. Le guide touristique qui nous accompagnait est venu pour essayer de nous aider. Il parlait en arabe avec les vendeurs, il avait peur qu’on m’ait volé le porte-monnaie…, mais nous n’avions pas le temps, et mon mari a payé les cadeaux que nous avions achetés et nous sommes retournés au bateau avec la calèche. Ma surprise a été majeure quand je suis entrée dans notre cabine et j’ai vu mon porte-monnaie sur le lit.  Heureusement, tout cela est une anecdote de voyage, mais le moment où je cherchais mon porte-monnaie dans le sac et où je ne le trouvais pas je ne l’oublierai jamais.”

Por Almudena Romeu

Almudena, ¡muchas gracias por compartir!

Love is in the air… 4 classic rom-coms to watch this month!

Love is in the air this month as we celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th. So let’s look at some classic rom-coms and 10 expressions we can use when speaking about relationships.  Rom-com is short for romantic comedy and is a film, series or book about love that is intended to make you laugh.  Here are 4 of my favourite rom-com films in chronological order: 

1. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) – British English

Renée Zellweger stars as Bridget, a 32-year-old single girl who (1) has a thing for her boss, Daniel, played by Hugh Grant. Daniel is a bit of a (2) love rat but fear not, as there is another man, Mark Darcy, who could potentially be Bridget’s true love and who (3) is a real keeper.

A sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, was released in 2004 and another sequel, Bridget Jones’s Baby, was released in 2016.


2. Love Actually 
(2003) – British and US English

When it comes to celebrating love in all its forms, very few can beat the kind on display in this epic rom-com. This film has an amazing cast of actors and all the love stories are interlinked in some way and cover the positives and negatives of relationships. In one story, a marriage (4) is on the rocks as one character thinks his wife is (5) the love of his life but, in reality, she (6) is having an affair with his brother.  Also, it is set at Christmas so if you love watching films about that time of year, it’s the film for you!


3. Bridesmaids (2011) – US English

If you are looking for something less sugary and sweet, this rom-com is for you. Annie Walker (Kristen Wiig) is a single woman in her mid-30s and her life is a bit of a mess. Her business has gone bankrupt and her love life is disastrous. (7) She has fallen for Ted, an idiot who she should really (8) dump as he is not interested in making their relationship more serious. Things get worse when her best friend tells her she (9) is tying the knot and asks her to be maid of honour.


4. 
Silver Linings Playbook (2012) – US English

Although this film may not fall into the usual rom-com category, it really is one… with a bit of drama too. Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper), who has bipolar disorder, is released from a mental health facility into the care of his parents. He learns that his wife has moved away and doesn’t want (10) to get back together with him.  At a dinner with his friend Ronnie, he meets Ronnie’s sister-in-law, Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a young widow and recovering sex addict. Pat and Tiffany start to develop an odd friendship through their shared neuroses.


And if you are a bookworm and looking for pure romance with a bit of drama, see these reviews that our students have written about romance novels: On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan and P.S. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern.

(1) to have a thing for someone – to be attracted to someone, be interested in someone:
e.g. “He has a thing for his colleague but she doesn’t feel the same way.”

(2) to be a love rat – a man who is cheating on his partner with someone else:
e.g. “I can’t believe he is seeing two women at the same time! He’s such a love rat!”

(3) ​to be a (real) keeper – someone with good qualities, who you can have a long relationship with:
e.g. “She supported him through a very difficult time in his life. She’s a keeper.” 

(4) to be on the rocks – a relationship that is in difficulty:
e.g. “When she moved out of their apartment to take a break, it was clear their marriage was on the rocks.”

(5) to be the love of one’s life – the person you want to spend the rest of your life with:
e.g. “Of course we’re going to get married. He’s the love of my life!”

(6) to have an affair with someone – to cheat on your partner with another person:
e.g. “She is having an affair with her colleague. Her poor husband has no idea.”

(7) to fall for someone – to fall in love with someone:
e.g. “He always falls for the wrong kind of woman”.

(8) to dump someone – to end the relationship:
e.g. “He dumped her as things were getting too serious.”

(9) to tie the knot – to get married:
“They’re tying the knot next Saturday. I hope it doesn’t rain.”

(10) to get back together (with someone) – to return to a relationship or marriage after separating:
e.g. “I really hoped we would get back together after a break but now he is seeing someone else.”

By Jenny Smedley

L’italiano, un amore di lingua

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Sono studente di italiano e il mio livello di comprensione della lettura è abbastanza basso. Mi piace molto cumunque leggere gli autori italiani nella mia lingua materna per capire di più sulla cultura italiana. Questo mese è il mese dell’amore ed è per questo che vi raccomando un libro molto bello che ho letto in inglese e che spero un giorno poterlo leggere in italiano… Gli amori difficili (Difficult Loves) di Italo Calvino.

È un libro che parla d’amore con diverse storie che testimoniano come l’amore sia in realtà il frutto di un esperimento combinatorio. Il mio racconto preferito è L’avventura di due sposi. Si tratta di una coppia, Arturo e sua moglie Elide. Il ritmo del lavoro in fabbrica gli impedisce di vedersi ma non è una ragione di disperazione. È un elemento fondamentale del rapporto amoroso che rivelano attraverso gesti di affetto semplici, come quello di cercare il calore che l’altro ha lasciato nel letto. Buona lettura!

Ascoltare l’italiano è piu facile per me e mi piace molto ascoltare la musica italiana sopretutto il jazz e blues di Paolo Conte, uno dei più importanti e innovativi cantautori italiani. Ha scritto moltissime canzoni ma la mia preferita è Via con me (It’s Wonderful). Divertiti! 🙂

 

By Pollyanna

Book Review by Beatriz (Wonder)

Wonder is a book that I especially enjoyed, because I have a child who is the same age, and it helped to me to understand certain issues, with this nice and emotional story.

The author has really gripped me because of the easy language, and humanitarian plot.

It is wonderful.

It tells the story of a boy that was born with a hard physical problem that makes him a special person in more ways that we can imagine. The author makes you love the character, and you can understand his relationship with all the people that are involved with him.

What I really loved about the story is how the author describes in a perfect way all the feelings of the characters, from every point of view, in order to thought-provoke the reader, who could understand the huge power of overcoming what you can have if you learn to love yourself.

I certainly would highly recommend reading this book to teenagers, because it is a way to set them in the society.

All in all it is a highly recommended book for adults, not only to parents, that could identify with the story, but also for any different more sensitive people.

Beatriz

Book Review by Mercè G. (Wonder)

I really enjoyed the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio. It’s interestly organized into different chapters for each character. It’s an emotional novel, even though it is a sad story, one of the strongest points is that it’s very humanitarian and some pages make you laugh out loud.

The plot is fascinating when we first meet the main character Auggie, who was born with his face deformed. The book is set in the current day and it tells the story of Auggie’s difficulties because he is different.

Over the course of the story we little by little find out that Auggie is intelligent, wonderful and a kind boy. What I really loved is how Auggie overcomes complicated situations.

I would strongly recommend this book to teenagers who enjoy make disgusting jokes to people that are a bit different.

All in all the book is emotional and compassionate and everyone should read it.

Book Review by Mercè (Wonder)

I enjoyed being able to reading this book a lot, and it was in English! It was the first time I finish a book written in a foreign Language in a few weeks.

It is easy to read, and I found it very orginal in its structure. The idea of writting  each chapter from the point of view of the different characters of the story makes it very funny. And one can imagine the universe aroung Auggie. I recommend it to everyone, but I think it is especially appropiate for the young readers.

The story of Auggie is very touching. As you go on with the book you discover how every character feels about him.

The plot tells the story of Auggie, a boy who has a deformity in his face which makes him different from de rest.

He starts going to school after being educated at home for years. How will the children in the school react? How will Auggie feel?

The way of writing every chapter from a different point of view on the same subject makes you identify with one character or another.

I recommend this book to young people, and teachers in order to work with in class, bullying and the different people you can meet an how to manage this.

Book Review by Silvia (Wonder)

Introduction
WONDER is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. It gripped me from the first page. The book tells the story of August, a special kid who was born different.

One of the strongest points of the book is the ability to express the feelings of the different characters. On the other hand, the story is as sad as humanitarian and it shows the best and the worst part of human beings. At the end, the book gave the readers a powerful and positive message.

Describe story, main characters
“I am not an ordinary boy”- August Pullman (our main character) said at the very beginning of the book. And actually, he’s not. The book is about him, his family and friends ant the story is set in USA, in a middle class family who have a daughter and son. Their lives got an unexpected change when August was born because he had several and important health problems and a not ordinary (and frightening) face.

For this reason, August didn’t go to school until 5th grade when August’s mom, Isabel, decides it was time for August to leave the security of home and to meet boys and girls and the real life.

It was not ever easy for August, his sister Mia, and the young girls and boys from the school, to have a boy like August as a classmate. But what I really love is the way almost everyone’s lifes got touched and the way everybody had an important lesson to learn about life, compassion and empathy.

Mia, August’s sister is such an intelligent and great little woman. Her life was really touched by the fact of being the sister of such a “special” and “unique” boy, and she developed several qualities that make her an extraordinary human being, even if it was painful and hard.

Student Book Club: Wonder

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Una de las actividades con la que nuestros alumnos disfrutan mucho es leyendo una novela en común con sus compañeros de clase. Cada semana, alumnos y profesor se marcan un objetivo (x número de páginas o capítulos) y, en la siguiente clase, dedican unos minutos a comentar qué ha sucedido, a valorar la lectura, resolver dudas de vocabulario, etc.

A continuación, os dejamos 4 reseñas de la novela ‘Wonder’. Resulta interesante leer cómo cada alumno aporta su toque y estilo en la escritura de sus Book Reviews.
¡Échales un vistazo!

Book Review by Beatriz
Wonder is a book that I especially enjoyed, because I have a child who is the same age, and it helped to me to understand certain issues, with this nice and emotional story.

The author has really gripped me because of the easy language, and humanitarian plot. It is wonderful. Read more

Book Review by Silvia
WONDER is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. It gripped me from the first page. The book tells the story of August, a special kid who was born different.

One of the strongest points of the book is the ability to express the feelings of the different characters. On the other hand, the story is as sad as humanitarian and it shows the best and the worst part of human beings. At the end, the book gave the readers a powerful and positive message. Read more

Book Review by Mercè
I enjoyed being able to reading this book a lot, and it was in English! It was the first time I finish a book written in a foreign Language in a few weeks.

It is easy to read, and I found it very orginal in its structure. The idea of writting  each chapter from the point of view of the different characters of the story makes it very funny. And one can imagine the universe aroung Auggie. I recommend it to everyone, but I think it is especially appropiate for the young readers. Read more

Book Review by Mercè G.
I really enjoyed the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio. It’s interestly organized into different chapters for each character. It’s an emotional novel, even though it is a sad story, one of the strongest points is that it’s very humanitarian and some pages make you laugh out loud.

The plot is fascinating when we first meet the main character Auggie, who was born with his face deformed. The book is set in the current day and it tells the story of Auggie’s difficulties because he is different. Read more