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In partnership with the Coopération Universitaire Service of the French Embassy (student-services agency), this open day will serve to better familiarise representatives from UK universities with the resources and benefits open to those studying in France, by covering subjects ranging from education options to research facilities. Guidance regarding student transfers and general mobility will also be provided.
Click on the title of this blogpost for details of this open day.
Hark, A2, B1 and B2 learners! If you know what those letters mean, I suggest you go along to this website... it has some useful language-learning tools, especially if you like the South-West of France and plan to travel there. The website also has a daily-life themed page and a colourful kid's page with games and cartoons. For teachers, there's this bit.
Kristeva will be giving a free talk at the French Institute on the 20th of March. Find out more about her works with Culturethèque.
I know it's weird sitting at home at your desk, pretending you're in exam conditions when really iPlayer is only six and a half steps away. But give it a go, it's a win-win situation.
This website has the last couple of years' worth.
So, you've put your translation through the translate tool on Google docs, but you have a nagging feeling that you shouldn't trust a computer to write your sweat and tears into another language.
It feels more honest, doing it word-by-word using wordreference.com.
Wordreference is made using a combination of online dictionaries, but most importantly, user-generated forums on particular expressions. A translator's heaven.
Two other dictionary websites I like:
At school, I loved the "parascolaire" section of the enormous secondhand bookshop. Last year, I was sorting through my books and I come across these dated (2004/5!), flimsy little books and question why I became so addicted to them, and why the little Hatier logo had the same effect on me as a carambar.
In the U.K, there seems to be less of a market, but the internet has some sweet sites. Here are three examples:
I make white cabbage when it comes to idiomatic expressions. As a binational, I frequently sound like I'm from nowhere, and I have other cats to whip than to go around memorising ridiculous phrases, then dig into my head trying to remember them.
There was a mega-conference here the other day, and some people from the Open University gave a conference on everything they had to offer.
Right at the end of their presentation there was a section on all their online freebies. I'd advise French learners to got to iTunes, go to iTunes store, go to iTunes U and search for "open university French". I just had a peek and there is plenty on offer, for free.
The lady giving the presentation also spoke of free annotated French books - do you know where I can find these?
The star link of this post is the online university: Udacity.
It seems that there is plenty of interest in this domain. I'm currently having some time off work, but that doesn't stop me checking my work emails - and I was happy to read the following email (and discover all the exciting links).
We kick-start our discussion with a question explored by the great 16th century essayist Michel de Montaigne: What Is Friendship?
Montaigne’s essay ‘On Friendship’ was inspired his own great friendship with judge and political philosopher Etienne de la Boetie. He describes it as a ‘loving-friendship’ of such perfection and rarity that it’s unlikely to be found once in every 300 years!
Leaving best bud Etienne’s perfections to one side, Montaigne describes their relationship as something more than an ordinary friendship, but not that of lovers. And this seems to be the key point of discussion for Montaigne. What is the perfect friendship and how does it differ from love?
I spoke to someone who used to work at Artfinder. I checked it out and the website lived up to my expectations. It is better than all the previous art websites I have mentioned on this blog. You can make your own gallery - be your own curator for your own little online museum. Good quality pictures and enormous variety. Here's an August Rodin tour.
Did you apply to Yale, get in, but then realise the course fees were $40 000/ year above your budget? Even if you didn't, you may be interested to hear about Academic Earth., a kind of online lecture hall, where you can attend any lecture series at any time.
Here's a link to a Yale course on the History of France since 1871.
Their wikipedia page.
Immerse yourself in the art and culture of 18th century France. All this just over an hour’s train journey from London. Interested?
Waddesdon Manor is a stunning house built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (1839-1898) in the late 19th century. Located near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, the manor was designed in the style of the great Loire châteaux. The Rothschilds were famous collectors and so lavish were their interiors that they gave name to the phrase ‘Le goût Rothschild’.
What do these things have in common: biscuits, festivity and a touch of traditionalism? The isle of Albion of course! As the jubilee fast approaches, I am forever searching high and low for the changes in British society. Don’t you worry, I have not gone to the dark side (anthropology). I am merely doing what a Franco-Anglo kid has been taught: c'est en forgeant qu'on devient forgeron…
Each July since 1948, visitors to the town of Aix-en-Provence have had their ears delighted by the sounds of the Aix-en-Provence Lyric Art Festival. Held in the open air at the courtyard of the Archibishop's Palace during Provence's legendarily lovely summer nights, the festival has for half a decade exposed audiences to both selections from the classical masters, such as Mozart and Ravel, to world premieres of works by contemporary composers like George Benjamin. The three-week festival has expanded to become one of the most preeminent classical music events of the season.
"From Paris: A Taste for Impressionism Painting from the Clark" is currently exhibiting in the Royal Academy of Arts (7th July-23rd September 2012). Culturethèque is extremely lucky to extend the experience with exclusive content for all!
An ostentatious taste for splendour and masters of the elements ruling by land, sea and air these two (almost) characters of Greek mythology had a taste for a good tipple and an exquisite Mille-Feuille. This week we’re heading to Mount Olympus, sorry I mean Mount Napoléo-hill.
Historically ground-breaking and yet it will never happen again in our lifetime. No, I am not talking about the final of “The Voice”…I’m talking about that tiny chunk munched out of the sun by our fellow planet. This made me think, what is the fascination with space? E.T should phone home and certainly tell us!
Distinctive, modern and modest. Claude François (1939-78) and Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) were both recognisable by their persona which shone through their chosen medium of entertainment. But how will we decide who should stand in the spotlight? (A question we ask comme d'habitude!)
From 24th to 27th June 2012, the Institut français was the host of the second edition of BD&Comics Passion festival, featuring extraordinary creators (Christophe Arleston and Jean-Louis Mourier, David B., Guy Delisle, Karrie Fransman, Tom Gauld, Pat Mills, Kevin O’Neill, Luke Pearson, Grzegorz Rosinski, Jonathan Ross aka Wossy), music (Mesparrow), performances (Freeeks Factory), films and the best booksellers (Gosh!, La Page, Cinebook). With nearly thirty events including live drawing, talks, exhibitions, workshops, a drawing jam with Mesparrow and a dress-up party, this innovative festival had something for everyone!
Due to the huge success of this exhibition, « Doisneau, Paris les Halles » from the 8th February until 28th April 2012 (which took place in the Paris Town Hall, with over 110 000 visitors during spring 2012), Paris.fr offers you the opportunity to extend the exhibition with your Ipad, thanks to the free online app, rich in both photos and videos.
In this day and age we strive to modernise our artistic outlook. We are always a hop, skip, and jump away from the new 'era' of art...but when does controversy go too far? This blog involves the likes of: Oliviero Toscani, Jean-Charles Castelbajac and a whole lot of photography.