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Vous trouverez ici toutes les actualités de l'école, les nouveaux cours ainsi que divers points hebdomadaires de grammaire ou d’humour.
August 2019

Nouveau cours d'allemand - GOETHE B2

Un cours d'allemand préparatoire à l'examen Goethe B2 commence bientôt, vous voulez y prendre part?

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August 2019

Cours d'italien débutant

Un nouveau cours d'italien pour débutant se met en place à l'école Balkan, vous voulez participer?

N'hésitez pas à nous contacter! Nous vous ferons parvenir une offre détaillée.
Idiom of the day: come rain or shine
August 2019

Idiom of the day: come rain or shine


« come rain or shine » means whatever happens/the situation

Examples :

.... « Come rain or shine, I'll be at your wedding. I won't let you down brother ! »

. « Don't worry. We'll be at your seminar – come rain or shine ! »

. « Every morning at about 6am, come rain or shine, I go running 10 kms. »
Joke of the week
July 2019

Joke of the week

Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl whispered to her mother, "Why is the bride dressed in white?"

"Because white is the color of happiness, and today is the happiest day of her life," her mother tried to explain, keeping it simple.

The child thought about this for a moment, then said, "So why's the groom wearing black?"


Joke vocabulary :

to attend : prendre part, participer à (FR)
to whisper : chuchoter (FR)
The bride : la mariée(FR)
The groom : le marié (FR)
Idiom of the day : it's safe to say (that)
July 2019

Idiom of the day : it's safe to say (that)

Here is a useful little structure to indicate you're confident about what you're going to say.

Examples :

. « It's safe to say that we have contained the contamination in the production zone. »

. « It's safe to say that Aston Villa FC will not get relegated next year. »

. « I think it's safe to say that he won't be putting his finger in a shark's mouth again ! »
Joke of the week
May 2019

Joke of the week

A dentist...

A guy and a girl meet at a bar.

They get along so well that they decide to go to the girl's place.
A few drinks later, the guy takes off his shirt and then washes his hands.
He then takes of his trousers and washes his hands again.
The girl watches him and says, "You must be a dentist."
The guy, surprised, says "Yes! How did you figure that out?"
"Easy," she replied, "you keep washing your hands."
They started kissing and then made love.
After the sex, the girl says, "You must be a good dentist."
The guy, now with a boosted ego says, "Sure, I'm a good dentist, How did you figure that out?"

The girl said : "Didn't feel a thing!"

Joke vocabulary :

to get along : bien s'entendre (FR)
To figure out : comprendre (FR)
boosted : augmenté (FR)
Didn't feel a thing : je n'ai rien senti (FR)
Structure Focus: What if + past simple
May 2019

Structure Focus: What if + past simple

To talk about a future possibility you can use the structure « what if + past simple »...


Examples :

. « What if I retired at 50-years old ? I'd love that. »
. « What if you were allowed to marry several women ? Would you do it ? »
. « What if we replaced the current Google logo with a completely different one ? »
Joke of the week
March 2019

Joke of the week

Joke of the week : A warning

After seeing one of her students making faces at others on the playground, Ms. Smith stopped to
gently reprimand the child.
Smiling sweetly, the school teacher said, "Johnny, when I was a child, I was told if that I made ugly faces, it would freeze and I would stay like that."
Johnny looked up and replied, "Well, Ms Smith, you can't say you weren't warned."

Joke vocabulary :
To make faces : faire des grimaces (FR)
playground : la cours de récréation (FR)
ugly faces : des grimaces (FR)
To freeze : se figer (FR)
to be warned : être averti (FR)
Idiom of the week
March 2019

Idiom of the week


Idiom of the day  : a pipe dream

A « pipe dream » is an unrealistic hope or fantasy.
Examples :
. « A good Brexit deal is a pipe dream. I hope they'll be a second vote.»
. « His plans are not realistic – he'll never become a star. Those plans will never be more than a pipe dream. »