Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 31st of October 2018


Robin Hood

In the early stories of Robin Hood there is no Maid Marian, no Friar Tuck, Robin doesn’t live in the time of bad Prince John, or the crusades, doesn’t lead a large and merry gang, and never robs the rich to give to the poor. Neil and Alice discuss the long-lasting appeal of this man with a bow and how he has changed over the centuries.

This week’s question

When do we find the first reference to Robin Hood in English literature? Was it in the…

a) 5th century?

b) 10th century?

c) 14th century?

You can hear the right answer at the end of the programme.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 17th of October 2018


Shakespeare in plain English

Is Shakespeare better in plain English?

A Shakespeare festival in Oregon has commissioned ‘translations’ of his plays into plain English. Of course, the language of Shakespeare’s plays can be difficult, but is it a good idea to change his plays into simple English? Listen to experts talking about Shakespeare and learn new vocabulary.

This week’s question

What was the first language that Shakespeare’s plays were translated into?

a)    French

b)    German

c)    Portuguese

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 10th of October 2018


How do you like your tea?

Tea comes in different forms – milky, sweet and spicy for those in India. The Chinese drink it green with no milk. Listen to Alice and Neil discussing how this Asian leaf conquered the world and became the second most consumed drink after water.

This week’s question

Where was the teabag invented? Was it in …

a) China

b) the US

c) Britain

You can hear the right answer at the end of the programme.