Category: videos

Dear future generations : sorry

« If we do not fight to save the environment, we will be equally extinct. »

Carbon Footprint


(voc. carbon footprint  =  empreinte carbone = your impact on the environment)

Here is a link to 11 short funny videos with a serious message which give you some useful tips (conseils utiles) to save the planet : for example why you shouldn’t eat  too much meat. …

The animals save the planet

« The more meat we eat, the more cows there are  producing greenhouse gases »

(« Plus on mange de viande, plus il y a de vaches qui produisent des gaz à effet de serre. »)

😉  My favourite is the penguin  and the polar bear…

have fun!

Laughing Out Loud

You can view  the trailer of  The Village of the Damned again and practise the prononciation :

 OHIO a protest song by Neil Young (listen to the clip)

Here is a mini slideshow to complement what we are doing  in class:

Vietnam War(version PDF)

How to turn marines into killing machines :

aucun doublage ne vaut l’original … « You got a war face? Let me see your war face. You don’t scare me. Work on it! » war face?

February 2008 :  the Australian Prime minister says sorry to the  Stolen generations.

Here is a slide show about the story of the Stolen generations : notice that  it was made before the Prime Minister said « sorry »

N.B.  s’excuser = to apologize – des excuses = apologies



Here’s an example of what a dijeridu – the traditional instrument of Australian Aborigines – sounds like. Quite impressive, don’t you think?



(voir aussi dans l’audio box : musique aborigène version plus contemporaine)


listen to it here!

Do you know what a flash mob* is?  This one took place in Liverpool Street Station in London. Here is a demonstration :

*and here is a definition, just in case.

Actually, it looks like a flash mob, but is it really one? See how well they dance?  Not surprising, it is an advertisement (or a commercial)…

voc.  advert = pub (advertisement / commercial : publicité) –   commuters : people who have to travel to London to work everyday.


Martin Luther King’s speech with French subtitles

Martin Luther King in front of portrait of Gandhi

Listen to Martin Luther King’s famous speech, which he delivered in 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington,  in front of a huge crowd*.             ( * = une foule immense)

Note that he reads his prepared speech at first and then when he launches into « I have a dream », he follows his inspiration. So one of the most famous speeches ever was largely improvised! Amazing, isn’t it?

I HAVE A DREAM : traduction des principaux passages

read & listen to I HAVE A DREAM

(cliquez sur grand écran pour ne pas voir les pubs…)

I hope you’ll enjoy it as it’s quite an experience…

(N.B. c’est le même document que celui dans la marge à gauche)




Nelson MandelaThe South African national anthem  (hymne national) is certainly nicer than many other anthems, don’t you think?                           flag

>>> >The Rainbow Nation <<<<

 » Nkosis Sikeleli Africa »  « God bless Africa »

To know more about South Africa and Nelson Mandela click on SOUTH AFRICA 

Terminales L : remember the reference to this novel by Thomas Hardy in the short story that we are studying at the moment? You can view here some of the pictures from the BBC adaptation of the novel (we don’t see the letter scene in this « trailer » but, anyway, it will give you an idea of the atmosphere of the novel)

– Nice soundtrack*, I think… :                                                         (*bande son)


> « SPOILER » : quand vous voyez ce mot, cela veut dire que la fin est révélée (cela vient du verbe spoil/spoilt/spoilt = gâcher) : you have been warned!


Watch this BBC video and try to understand what it’s about :

Green is the new black


VOC. :  organic : bio – landfills = dumps : décharges – issue : problème de société – vintage : d’époque – to swap : échanger

La télé-réalité version BBC 3 avec prise de conscience à la clef: Bood Sweat and T-shirts



Carnivale (La caravane de l’étrange) est  une excellente série qui met en scène l’éternel combat du Bien et du Mal. Du fantastique sur fond de Grande Dépression aux USA.

Le générique (opening credits) vaut le coup d’oeil:


On BBC News : several videos covering the event :

Obama’s VICTORY SPEECH with full text

Black Americans‘ reactions to the  election


 most frequently used words in the speech : 


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The song for the campaign : « YES, WE CAN » by

MC yogi’s video clip to support Obama’s campaign :

seaman« WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH A DRUNKEN SAILOR, early in the morning? … Hurrey and up she rises,hurrey and up she rises … »

Sur un  air traditionnel Irlandais cette chanson très célèbre  était chantée lorsque les marins levaient l’ancre ou hissaient une voile (« and Up She Rises »).

master & commander  Les marins, qui avaient la vie très dure à l’époque, la chantaient pour se donner du courage.  Peut-être que l’équipage du célèbre  CAPTAIN COOK, le grand explorateur, la chantait car elle était autorisée par la Royal Navy.

[Ex. sur les temps à partir de la vie de  James Cook]

.  On peut aussi imaginer la chasse à Moby Dick sur cet air là: 

MD illustrated  by Rockwell Kent

MD illustrated by Rockwell Kent

Voici une version des Irish Rovers, mais il y a d’autres versions…


Autre idée de lecture si vous aimez la fantasy :  Ship of Magic




Black artists like tap dancer Mr Bo Jangles performed for the fashionable white audience that went to the famous Cotton Club in New York City, during Prohibition.  Here is a beautiful tribute to him from Nina Simone, the High Priestress of Soul, an icon of the Civil Rights Movement era :

 here are the lyrics : 

Bob Dylan – Mr. Bojangles

I knew a man Bojangles and he’d dance for you in worn out shoes

Silver hair and ragged shirt and baggy pants, the old soft shoe

He’d jump so high, he’d jump so high, then he’d lightly touched down

I met him in a cell in New Orleans I was down and out

He looked to me to be the eye of age as he spoke right out

He talked of life, he talked of life, laughed, clicked his heels and said

He said his name Bojangles and he danced a lick across the cell

He grabbed his pants for a better stance, oh he jumped so high and he

clicked up his heels

He let go laugh, he let go laugh, shook back his clothes all around

Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles, dance. 

He danced for those at minstrel shows and county fairs throughtout the South

He spoke with tears of 15 years of how his dog and him travelled about

The dog up and died, he up and died.

After 20 years he still grieves

He said « I dance now at every chance at honky-tonks for drinks and tips

But most the time I spends behind these county bars, ’cause your see, I drinks a bit »

He shook his head and as he shook his head, I heard someone ask him, « Please » — « Please » …

Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles — « Dance »

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Charlie Chaplin’s unforgettable « table ballet »  in the film The Gold Rush (La ruée vers l’or) (1925)

😦  Petite note moins amusante:

La ruée vers l’or au 19ème siècle précipita l’extermination des Indiens sur le continent nord Américain…