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Eddie Izzard is a Force Majeure

Posted by Anne on February 3rd, 2014

Eddie Izzard is unbelievable. 8 years of French and 2 years of German in school. And after witnessing people of many nations splashing about peacefully together in Santorini and believing that languages will unite us, he’s decided to do his show in various countries and languages. Standup comedy in  foreign tongues, not just in French, […]

Flula

Posted by Anne on October 15th, 2013

Thanks to Flula Borg for deconstructing idioms and also for getting right in there with prejudices against Germans – and just dealing with them. I really like Flula being playful and silly with My Drunk Kitchen presenter Hannah Hart.

Jonathan Winters

Posted by Anne on April 17th, 2013

November 11, 1925 – April 11, 2013, American comedian, actor, author and artist. In this slightly surrealistic training video from the 60s, Jonathan Winters demonstrates the 5 resistances in sales to the industrial buyer: ignorance, indifference, inertia, fear (or: indecision), procrastination He also stars in this sales training video for Mobil Golden Circle – 1966

Problems with your blackberry?

Posted by Anne on March 21st, 2013

Chris Rock – Message for White Voters

Posted by Anne on November 4th, 2012

A sketch by comedian Chris Rock. By the way, it still gets me every time that a man whose mother is white and whose father is black is considered black. How racist is that?

Sound wave: Owa Tana Siam

Posted by Anne on June 21st, 2011

This brilliant sketch by the late Ronnie Barker is an eye-opener – or an ear-opener! – to how we preempt meaning when we listen. I found it on Abiloon’s lovely blog – full transcript there. I would use this video to raise student awareness for the way we anticipate what the speaker will say next. […]

Trouble with your empharsis

Posted by Anne on May 31st, 2011

Hat tip to Nik Peachey. A nice little video to introduce reluctant learners to the usefulness of pronunciation practice, isn’t it? I’d ask students to rank the speakers according to whom they’d have most trouble communicating with.