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Post by Admin on Wed Jan 25, 2017 12:37 pm

Each week 3 students will post the link to an article that interests them and about 10 words of vocabulary. The rest of you must read/look at the article, try to understand it, and prepare a question for the class.
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Re: News Articles thread

Post by Admin on Wed Jan 25, 2017 12:38 pm

Here's the article that I spoke about this morning:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170118-how-east-and-west-think-in-profoundly-different-ways
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Re: News Articles thread

Post by Viktor Beekman on Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:56 pm

Hello everyone!
I’ve chosen the following article:

Mexico wall: Trump condemned over imports tax proposal
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38766662

Vocabulairy (English – French)
An executive order - une ordonnance
The border – la frontière
Expensive – coûteux
Earlier – antérieurement
Policy- politique
Tax - impôt
Approximately – environ
Goods – des biens
Furthermore – en outre
The rift – la faille
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Mary's room

Post by Leo Bruand on Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:10 pm

https://youtu.be/mGYmiQkah4o

Hi everybody,
I decided to speak about this youtube video : Mary's Room: A philosophical thought experiment - Eleanor Nelsen.

take care,
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Re: News Articles thread

Post by Florian Caron on Tue Jan 31, 2017 5:54 pm

Hi everbody,

I have chosen to speak about this article :
"http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2017/01/quick-rebuke"

Vocabulary :
Setback = un revers/échec
Lawsuit = procès
unequivocal = sans équivoque
deportation = expulsion
Suffered = subi
strong likelihood of success = forte chance de succés
rights = droits
visa-holders = titulaire de visa
disregarding = ne pas tenir compte
judicial hearings = Audiences judiciaires

Sorry for my late, i have forget this work ...

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Post by Soumia KADDOUR-BETCHIM on Thu Feb 02, 2017 5:12 pm

Hi everyone !

I have chosen this following article : University opens without any teachers, by Matt Pickles
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37694248

Vocabulary :
software - logiciel
oversubscribe - souscrire
tuition fees - frais de scolarité
accommodation - logement
aim - objectif
seeking - chercher
randomly - au hasard
to claim - revendiquer
shortcomings - lacunes
self awareness - connaissance de soi

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Re: News Articles thread

Post by Gabriel Jeanneau on Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:21 pm

Hello everyone,

Here is the article that I have chosen, I hope you will enjoy the topic,

"The man who sold his back to an art dealer" by Harry Low

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-38601603

Vocabulary:
Framed : Encadré
Former : Ancien
Crowned : Couronné
Needles : Aiguilles
Gruesome : Horrible
Sparks : (étincelle) éveille
Outraged : Outragée
Exhibition : Exposition
Dangle : Pendre
Spat on : Craché dessus

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Re: News Articles thread

Post by Nadir on Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:14 pm

What is up Smile

Here is my linlk enjoy!

https://www.vice.com/en_au/article/bare-knuckle-boxing-clive-martin

Vocabulary:
elusive = insaisissable
lurchers= lecteurs
smearing=étalement
mainstream = le courant dominant
thriving = prospère
bitter taste = goût amer
bales of hay= balots de foin
the bulk= la masse
skulduggery= ? sir Question
chin = le menton
hook = un crochet (poing)
gruesome = horrible
racked up = accumulé


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Re: News Articles thread

Post by Admin on Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:23 pm

On behalf of alex:

https://www.ft.com/content/8cac0950-ecfc-11e6-930f-061b01e23655

I found this article on Financial Times Facebook page, if you cannot read it, text me, I'll send you differently.

Vocabulary:
to cruise: faire une croisière
a batched: bâclé
gung-ho: enthusiastic/excited
runaway success: huge success
is filled with: is full of
trick:tip = astuce
to spot: repérer
to cope with: faire face à
cover-ups: camouflage/dissimulation
screw-up: fiasco
scathing: accablant/cinglant
thoughtful:réfléchie
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Re: News Articles thread

Post by Admin on Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:46 pm

Alex's article for those who can't access it.

How being wrong can help us get it right
‘If I’m cruising along in a complacent bubble, I badly need someone to explain
what I’m doing wrong’
Undercover Economist
Read next
Recipe: Rowley Leigh’s New England mussel chowder
There’s an academic I know — very well respected — who especially values one of his collaborators. This
particular colleague isn’t invaluable because of his creativity or intellect, says my professor friend, but
because “he is willing to tell me when I’m wrong, and that’s rare”.
It is indeed rare. Perhaps even rarer is the practice of seeking out colleagues because they give frank
criticism. I certainly don’t enjoy being told that I’m wrong. And it seems that I’m not alone. A recently
published working paper from Paul Green and Francesca Gino of Harvard, and Bradley Staats of the
University of North Carolina, caught people in the act of avoiding criticism.
The particular kind of criticism that interested the researchers was where I think I’m doing a good job, and
then you tell me that I’m not. (In the jargon, this is “disconfirmatory feedback”.) Green, Gino and Staats
looked at data from an internal peer feedback process in a medium-sized company over several years.
They were able to show that when disconfirmatory feedback arrived, workers would then avoid contact with
the people who had given them the unwelcome comments.
This is the exact opposite of my professor friend’s behaviour — but, I think, a much more typical response.
We don’t like it when people tell us that we’re failing.
The irony is that disconfirmatory feedback is the most useful kind of feedback imaginable. If I’m making
serious mistakes while cruising along in a complacent bubble of self-satisfaction, I badly need someone to
explain exactly what I’m doing wrong. But what I need and what I might enjoy are, of course, quite different.
In certain corners of the business world, it’s become fashionable to talk openly about failure — some would
say to “celebrate failure”, although that’s a lazy description. A botched surgical procedure or a fatal traffic
accident aren’t things to be celebrated, but they should be discussed, analysed and learnt from.
The most obvious way to do this is through a postmortem: all is lost, the project failed, the patient died, so
let’s at least try to do better next time. Less painful, though, is psychologist Gary Klein’s idea of the “premortem”.
The pre-mortem is an exercise in which you try to imagine scenarios in which your project fails.
Such scenarios are likely to suggest simple ways to prevent disaster.
The first step after discovering some major screw-up is to take a deep breath and try to calm down
Ashley Good, CEO of ‘Fail Forward’
Alternatively, one can try to learn from other people’s mistakes rather than one’s own. In 2009, Cass
Phillipps, a conference producer based in San Francisco, found herself feeling alienated by Silicon Valley
conferences packed with gung-ho founders describing their runaway successes. She set up an alternative,
“FailCon”, where people came to dissect their failures — in many ways, an enormously more informative
experience for attendees.
Phillipps has now stopped organising FailCon — in part, she tells me, because the urgency has gone: “The
internet is filled with postmortem stories.” But the basic idea is sound and has spread. For instance, a new
book by development economists Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel, Failing in the Field, is simply a catalogue
of all the mistakes they’ve made while trying to evaluate projects, and a discussion of what others might do
to avoid the same errors.
Still, the real trick, says Cass Phillipps, is to spot and fix your mistake before it becomes fatal. But while
“how I failed and what I learnt” is a safe enough topic for a conference or a book, “Help! Help! I need help
now!” is a much rawer message.
So I turned to Ashley Good, the CEO of “Fail Forward”, a consultancy that helps organisations turn failures
into more productive experiences. I asked her why it’s difficult to cope with failures in real time. One reason:
panic.
“Failure tends to push us into a stress response,” she says, and that promptly leads to denial, fingerpointing,
self-flagellation, cover-ups or “any number of dysfunctional reactions that limit our ability to learn”.
That means that the first step after discovering some major screw-up is to take a deep breath and try to
calm down. The second step, says Good, is to “be respectful and kind”. That’s good advice at any time, of
course — but particularly when emotions are running high and there’s a problem to be solved. And a third
step is to take some individual responsibility: to ask, “What could I, personally, do differently now to avoid
this sort of thing in future?”
Ultimately, the aim of all this is not to “celebrate” a disaster but to make things better, by fixing the current
problem, if possible, and by preventing a recurrence. That means asking cool questions about what the
problem really is. When the dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp earned scathing early reviews for her
musical Movin’ Out, she asked a trusted colleague to transform the pile of criticism into a checklist for
improvement. This depersonalised the criticism and turned it into a to-do list. And it worked: the revised
show won Tony awards and enjoyed a long run.
Tharp has something in common with the professor who values his frankly critical collaborator: both of them
recognise that thoughtful criticism isn’t something to be avoided — or, for that matter, something to be
celebrated. It’s something to be used.
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Re: News Articles thread

Post by Coralie Ecoto on Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:48 pm

Hi everyone !

Wednesday I will talk about this article :
http://www.techradar.com/news/painting-a-new-perspective-how-virtual-reality-is-transforming-art

Vocabulary :
Underpin : Sous-tendre
Canvas : une toile
To hinge on : dépendre de
To broaden : élargir
Barely : à peine
Warmth : chaleur
Haptic : haptique, ce qui relève du toucher (ex: optique pour la vue)
Brushstroke : coup de pinceau
Thumbs up : encouragement
Staggering : stupéfiant
To get the point across : faire comprendre, passer un message


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Re: News Articles thread

Post by Feng Luzhu on Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:40 pm

Hi everybody,here is the article that i want to share with you for this week.

https://www.davidwolfe.com/fukushima-radiation-tumors-fish-seafood/

vocabulary:
load----charge
deposite---disposer
wreak---assouvir
havoc---ravage
bone marrow---moelle osseuse
Leukemia---Leucémie

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Re: News Articles thread

Post by Admin on Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:07 pm

This is from Hugo:

Hi everybody ,
Link for my article :
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38988981

Key words:

remanded in custody : placé en détention provisoire
widespread : généralisée
proof: preuve
a ruling party meeting : une réunion de parti dirigeant
customary: coutumier
footage : image, enregistrement
poisoned: empoisonné
to carry out : effectuer
estranged : séparé
a hit-and-run : un délit de fuite

Enjoy your lecture!
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Re: News Articles thread

Post by Lucas De Conti on Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:03 pm

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/feb/16/qatar-world-cup-400-deaths-nepalese

Key Words :

To curb = maitriser, résorber
To draft = recruter, appeler
To ensure = s’assurer que
Welfare = bien être
Breakdown (finance term) = ventilation
Guidelines = lignes directrices
Borrowed = emprunté
Helmet = casque
Overcrowded = surchargé
Spotlight = mettre en avant
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Re: News Articles thread

Post by Elsye Elenga on Sat Feb 18, 2017 12:44 am

Hi guys, sorry for the delay ! Remember I din't ask for this extra work, John picked me for no reason thought.
Here is the link right below, hope you will enjoy the video :
https://www.ted.com/talks/achenyo_idachaba_how_i_turned_a_deadly_plant_into_a_thriving_business?language=en

Vocabulary:
riverine : fluvial
hampered : gêner
stem : tige
leap : saut
whereby : par lequel
spark : étincelle
handicrafts : artisanat
weave: tisser
quest : quête
havoc : ravage


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Re: News Articles thread

Post by Admin on Sat Feb 18, 2017 12:40 pm

I can't remember if my favourite Russian student is with you or the other group next week, here's her article:


http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170210-why-happy-music-makes-you-do-bad-things

Vocabulary:
a fist - poing
lurk - arnaque
compliant - docile
to soothe - apaiser
urge - impulsion
praise - louange
to cheat - tricher
anthem - hymne
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Re: News Articles thread

Post by Axel Chalet on Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:58 pm

Hi classmates, sorry for the delay, I was in Spain and I didn't have internet !
Wednesday, I want to speak with you about progress of technology, and particulary about the boundary between real and digital world.. Here's my video : http://www.ted.com/talks/jinha_lee_a_tool_that_lets_you_touch_pixels#t-27540

Vocabulary :
Striving : s'efforçant
Thickness : épaisseur
Boundary : frontière, limite
Lift up : relever
Fitting room : cabine d'essayage
Surroundings : environnement

See you next week !
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Re: News Articles thread

Post by Mathieu Boyer on Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:24 am

Hi guys ! Hope your holidays were great but now it's English time... Here i post the link of an article from cnn about french president elections 'cause i think it could be interesting to debate about american's perspective on that subject.
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/01/europe/france-elections-le-pen-fillon-macron/index.html

Vocabulary :
potholes : nids de poules
stripped : déchu
indicted accusé
show up : se montrer, se présenter
to relinquish : renoncer à, abandonner
to sidestep : éviter
poll = Survey = sondage
to whittle down : réduire

You should have everything here, let me know if not
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Post by Luis Ferreira on Sun Mar 05, 2017 1:59 pm

Hi guys, hope you gonna enjoy my long article about esports prodigy "Faker".

http://www.espn.com/esports/story/_/id/17901618/global-phenomenon-sk-telecom-t1-faker-esports-michael-jordan

Vocabulary :
A stickler : rigoriste / être rigoureux
Nickname: surnom
Sold-out : à guichet fermé
Misfit : inadapté
Stakes : les enjeux
To deploy : déployer
Stardom : célébrité
Roster : liste
Lopsided : inégal
To stew : faire cuire
Transcend : transcender
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Post by Barbier Victor on Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:23 pm

Hi everybody, I wanted to share you a video that would interest everyone. And who is not ineterested by success ?
Enjoy it.
http://www.ted.com/talks/richard_st_john_s_8_secrets_of_success

Vocabulary :
To cut down = réduire
Anyway = de toute manière
Workaholic = bourreau de travail
To figure = penser
Self-doubt = doute de soi
To serve = être au service
Evidence = preuve
Crap = shit (in english obviously)
To trust = faire confiance

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Re: News Articles thread

Post by Admin on Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:51 am

Where are the other articles for this week?

Here's a bonus article - we'll have 4 discussion groups.

Self driving vehicles:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prj51NSRyxc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnZHRupjl5E
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Re: News Articles thread

Post by Romain Guillerit on Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:23 pm

Hi guys, I’m a little bit late cause i forget to put my article on the forum and i'm sorry for that.
So i found this article about the recent decision of donald trump and i think we can have a good debate.
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/11/politics/bharara-not-resigning/index.html
Vocabulary:
an attorney : un procureur
a hallmark : une emblème
Hindering : entrave
a dozen : une dizaine
His dogged pursuit : Sa poursuite obstinée
a cutthroat : un assassin

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Re: News Articles thread

Post by Admin on Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:48 pm

from Arthur:

Hi guys, sorry for the delay, i couldn't post my article before... Wednesday i want to speak with you about this proposition of Simon Anhlot.
Here is the link: http://ideas.ted.com/heres-how-to-run-the-world/
Vocabulary:
in turmoil: dans la tourmente/en crise
starving: affamé
squabbling: querelles/chamailleries
to grant: accorder
narrow-minded: borné/à l'esprit étroit
grasping: avide
educated westeners: habitants de l'ouest instruits
bosses: patrons
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Re: News Articles thread

Post by Maimouna Barry on Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:36 pm

Hi everyone,
Wednesday I would like to talk about the video of Aziz Abu Sarah.
Here is the link:
http://www.ted.com/talks/aziz_abu_sarah_for_more_tolerance_we_need_more_tourism
Vocabulary:
peacebuilder:constructeur de la paix
throwing:Lancement
stones: Pierres
sustainable :Durable
upside-down: à l'envers
both sides:Des deux côtés
the heck: le diable



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Re: News Articles thread

Post by cyprien gorrin on Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:34 pm

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the delay. I would like to talk about formula 1 with you this wednesday. Here is the link: https://www.raconteur.net/business/4-lessons-businesses-can-learn-from-f1

vocabulary:
underestimate: sous-éstimer
former: ancien
undertake: entreprendre
genuinely: vraiment
foolishly: bêtement
elude: échapper à
razor-sharp: lame de rasoir
chest: coffre
refinement: raffinement/amélioration

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