Mise En Train – French

Tu as compris?

1. Which rooms of the Lepic house does Pamela see? – Bathroom, entrance, kitchen, toilet.

2. What would Pamela like to do? – She would like to see Chartres.

3. Why don’t the girls visit the cathedral? – Because Pamela is asleep.


1. trouve la maison sympa? – Pamela

2. montre la maison à Pamela – Sandra

3. aimerait bien visiter la cathédrale? – Pamela

4. explique comment aller à la cathédrale? – Sandra

Cherche les expressions


  1. How does …
    1. Sandra welcome Pamela? – Voici notre maison. Bienvenue chez nous.
    2. Mrs. Lepic respond to a compliment? – Tu trouves
    3. Sandra ask how Pamela’s feeling? – Ça va? Pas trop fatiguée?
    4. Sandra tell Pamela to make herself at home? –  Bon, fais comme chez toi.
  2. How does Pamela …
    1. pay compliments? J’aime bien
    2. say how she’s feeling? – On peut y aller aujourd’hui?
    3. express a desire to do something? – J’ai envie de visiter la cathédrale.
C’est quelle pièce?

Qu’est-ce que Sandra dit pour montrer chaque pièce?

  1. The room with the toilet. – Alors, là, à droite, ce sont nos toilettes.
  2. The room with the sink and bath tub.– Notre salle de bains est à côté.
  3. Sandra shows Pamela the bedroom where Pamela will sleep.– Et voilà ta chambre
  4. The dining room.– Ça, c’est la salle à manger…
  5. The kitchen.– Et voilà la cuisine…
Et maintenant, à toi

Imagine que tu arrives dans une ville française. Qu’est-ce que tu aimerais faire?

Je voudrais bien faire le tour de la ville.  Je voudrais bien mangé le cuisine traditionnel français. Je voudrais bien le faire du tourisme et achète un souvenir pour ma famille.

How Does Memory Work

Memory is created by taking something in from your surrounds. one example would be if you are traveling and you want to remember something from that trip that was exciting your brain would start encoding the experience and putting it into long term memory. While sometimes your brain isn’t paying that much attention to the thing that is happening it would be put in short term memory because it hasnt been encoded. The next step is actually making it a memory. The process that the brain goes through is consolidation. Then the brain does a step called retrieving. This where the brain starts and finishes remembering something.

neurotransmitter – any chemical substances

synapses – region of nerve impulses.

LTP – lunar transient phenomenon


Phuket Reflection

For me the Self management was a one of the big problems because I would always forget something when i’m going out. I found that when I went out sometimes it I wouldn’t have everything. This made me learn to check what I have before going out. During this experience I also found that there was a lot of emotion in it. I wasn’t mentally prepared for it. I found that I made a lot of connections to the young kids. It made me think about how lucky we are to have all of the things for granted and having all of the small and simple things that they would love to have but they don’t have. One example would be when they said that they wanted to have pencils and paper. We would say oh we can just go to the store and get a whole pack it’s only 356 yen. But to them it’s a big deal. This really opened up my eyes. The first group of children that we meet were the Burmese mon children. We spent 2 days getting to know them and having time to play with them and get to know what they liked through hand signals and some help from a student from the BISP.  On the last day that we got to see them, we did an obstacle course. It was really interesting to see how strong they are and how they are so enthusiastic towards the physical activity when some of the people of our generation only go to there phone. Also when we were going on the hike I had to help the person in front of me 


What is Nature Vs Nurture

What is the difference between Nature and Nurture.

  • Nature is looking at what your parents passed down to you through jeans, including physical aspects and habits.
  • Nurture is what you are exposed to when you are growing up. Your parents may give you something or make you play with something when you are at the young age.

Nurture: This leads into the main argument. When children are born they are stereotyped. For example if the baby is a girl, everyone would give her a pink fluffy teddy bear and pink clothes and call her princess, while if a boy was born he would be given blue clothes and toy cars, helicopters and trucks. Cambridge University conducted a study to see how the adults would stereotype the children. They made boy toddlers dress up as girls and girl toddlers dress up as boys. What the University noticed was depending on what the child was wearing they would pick up a stereotypical toy for that gender. That shows that parent s are influencing the children at a young age to act more like a girl or boy.

Nature: In Hines Study they tried the test above on monkeys. They got some very interesting results from the monkeys. One was when the they lay the toys out on the ground or the area where the baby monkeys play they noticed that the majority of the monkeys went to the boy toys with the moving wheels. While when they weren’t looking on of the girl monkeys went into a bag of toys behind the truck and found a fluffy monkey toy. This shows that sometimes it is natural to gravitate toward your sex’s sterotyped toys because it maybe what you like but others show that sometimes that don’t follow the stereotypes for example all the other monkeys. What they later finalized was that both male and female monkeys like to play with the moving parts of the toys, meaning that since they haven’t been brought up with the toys they naturally came to the conclusion of what they wanted to play with or what they didn’t want to play with.

Mise En Train – Chapitre 11

Tu as compris?
  1. What time of year is it? How do you know?  – It summer and we know because it was the end of the school year.
  2. Who is planning to travel during the vacation? Where?  Magali is planning to go to summer camp, and then go to the mountains.
  3. Who is going to work during the vacation? Why? Ahmed is planning to work during the summer at a gas station to earn money to buy a motor bike.
  4. What is Florent going to do? He might go to Ares , but he is not sure. Later on he goes to a language camp in England to learn English.
It’s who?

According Soon the holidays !, which intends to (of) …

  1. go in the Alps? – Magali
  2. work in Arles? – Florent 
  3. stay in Arles? – Florent 
  4. from summer camp? – Magali
  5. visit his cousins? – Ahmed
  6. go to the mountain? – Magali
  7. to go camping? – Ahmed
Vrai ou faux?
  1. Les trois jeunes restent en France pendant les vacances. – Faux
  2. Les cousins de Magali habitent à la montagne. – Vrai
  3. Ahmed va faire du camping dans les Alpes. – Vrai
  4. Ahmed va travailler dans un café. – Faux
  5. Ahmed veut aller au Festival de la photographie. – Faux
  6. Florent part en colonie de vacances. – Faux
Cherche les expressions
According to Bientôt les vacances!, what can you say in French…
  1. To ask what someone is going to do? Qu’est-ce que vous allez faire… ?
  2. To tell what a place looks like? C’est super joli…
  3. To express an opinion? C’est génial!
  4. To express indecision? Je n’ai pas encore décidé
  5. To make a suggestion? Pourquoi est-ce que tu ne… pas?
  6. To express a preference? Je préfère…
Et maintenant, à toi

Quels projets de vacances est-ce que tu préfères? Pourquoi?

-Je préfère veut aller au festival de la photographie parce que j’aime la photographie.

Music Reflection

The piece of music that we are performing is the Hedwigs theme. In the beginning I wanted to play the piano but when I started playing I found it kind of hard. So I changed to play the Xylophone. I originally thought that I would have a  small part but I start off the piece with a sort of mystical sound.

In the beginning I didn’t remember how to play the theme, but over time I learned how to play it. I found it easier over time, however there was some kind of disadvantage because I didn’t own a xylophone at home which meant that I couldn’t practise at home.

I found it kind of hard to remember where the keys were on the xylophone, and it was kind of confusing where I meant to play. Also when I was the only one playing I found it kind of nerve racking because I was all alone.

Over all I found it a nice experience to have a final piece sound so good.


Activité 1:

Tu as compris?

  1. How was Hélène’s weekend? Not very interesting, she didn’t do much except study, watch tv and read.
  2. Did Magali have a good weekend? Why? Why not? Yes Magali had a good weekend as she went to multiple places such as théâtre antique with Florent and met his friend Ahmed.
  3. Do you think Magali likes Ahmed? How can you tell? Yes as she talks about him a lot and calls him very nice and very very cute.
  4. Why does Magali have to hang up? She hangs up because her dad needs to use the phone.

Activité 2:

Magali ou Hélène?

Qui a fait ça, Magali ou Hélène?

  1. aller aux Baux – Magali
  2. faire ses devoirs – Hélène
  3. lire – Hélène
  4. aller au théâtre antique – Magali
  5. regarder la télévision – Hélène
  6. ne rien faire de spécial – Hélène

Activité 3:

Mets en ordre

Put Magali’s activities in order according to Un week-end spécial.

  1. Elle est allée au théâtre antique. – 3
  2. Elle est allée aux Baux-de-Provence. – 4
  3. Elle a parlé avec Hélène au téléphone. – 1
  4. Elle a rencontré un garçon sympa. – 2


Activité 4:
C’est qui?

A quelle personne correspond chaque phrase? 

  1. Cette personne veut téléphoner. – Le pére de Magali
  2. Cette personne a passé un bon week-end. – Magali
  3. Cette personne est super gentille. – Ahmed
  4. Pendant le week-end, cette personne n’a rien fait de spécial. – Hélène
  5. Cette personne va téléphoner plus tard.- Magali

Activité 5:

Cherche les expressions

According to Un week-end spécial, what do you say in French …

  1. to answer the phone? – Allô?
  2. to identify yourself on the phone?  C’est… à l’appareil.
  3. to ask if someone had a good weekend? Tu as passé un bon week-end?
  4. to ask what someone did? Qu’est-ce que tu as fait?
  5. to tell someone to hold? Attends une seconde.
  6. to ask what happened? Qu’est-ce qui s’est passé?

Activité 6:

Et maintenant, à toi

What do you think happened to Magali at les Baux

  • She spent more time with Ahmed and Florent, especially Ahmed and she watched a movie.

Comedy Timeline

Renaissance Comics

Recently in Drama, we have been studying comedy and how it works. Comedy started far back in time, and has a very interesting history behind it. Here is the timeline for Comedy and clowns.

It is said in Ancient Greek times (5th centuries), commonly called Aristophanes as he was well known for his mastery of old comedy. Many comedies at that time had a very weak plot line and had a very loose storyline, yet the comedies he wrote were simple, easy to understand jokes such as scatological humour (toilet jokes) and sexual jokes. He also liked to made fun of the politicians, philosophers that existed during that age, as shown in few of his plays. He mocked the Peloponnesian Wars and the governors who were fighting against. Even after Aristophanes died, Menander has taken upon his place to create new comedy. In the new comedy, stereotypes were born as part of the humour. People used less sexual jokes and political jokes, but based on their comedy off of everyday situations.

During the Medieval ages, churches tried to keep comedy and joyous aspects of a comedy to the minimum, which lead to danger of extinction. Yet comedy survived through medieval folk plays and festivals.

Renaissance comedy is one of the well known comedy periods. One of the most famous scriptwriter known at this age was Shakespeare. He not only created famous scripts such as Romeo and Juliet, but as well as Macbeth, and more, he have also written different comedy scripts. In this age comedy was very known to be something different than we know it today. Today, we all think comedy is something funny and something we’ll be able to laugh at, but comedy in the Renaissance period was known to be something that had a good ending. One of the famous comedy during this time was the ‘commedia dell’arte’ in Italy, where people acted out wearing a mask.

Tzhe Melodramatic comedy was more focused on exaggeration. Melodramatic comedy started to appear present in the 18th centuries to until today, through movies, television shows, and even in radio formats. Because of the such late melodramatic comedy existed in a long time period and still exists in comedy today, it is difficult to justify and define what melodrama is. Usually in Melodrama the plots and characters are all over exaggerated, so they would be able to strongly show their emotions and their stereotypes. The term ‘melodrama’ were used negatively, as it meant unsophisticated or lack of delicacy. In melodrama, there was 6 stock characters that usually existed. A hero: acts upon justice, but sometimes doesn’t follow the rules. A heroine: is innocent, normally the damsel in distress. A villain: evil, greedy, selfish. The villain’s accompany: a goofy dumb sidekick who serves as the comic relief. A faithful servant: a maid that is loyal to the hero and helps him save the heroine, but also serves as comic relief yet not as goofy as the villains accompany. A maid servant: Unlike the faithful servant the maid servant is flirty, funny and is very loyal to the heroine.

Circus comedy was one of the important style of comedy in the timeline. The most famous one are the clowns. The clown comedy started around in the late Middle Ages. Court jesters and fools were a good example of a clown in the middle age. Arlecchino (Harlequin) is one of the famous clown actor that best represented this style. Harlequin started off as a comic valet, or zanni (types of character in dell’arte), but soon began to form his own style of comedy which was the soon to be known slapstick. There are 3 major clown types. One of them is the White-face clown. They are the most well known and oldest clown. They are usually associated with the circus and the White-faces had a high status among other clowns with intelligence. Auguste clown were the ones who had the lowest status among the other clowns, and was the most zaniest and unintelligent clown. The Auguste clowns wear mismatched and over sized clothes, with big noses. They appeared together with the White-face clowns and was usually the one messing things up. Character Clown is the third clown type. The hobo or The Tramp is one of the well known character clowns. Character clowns are clowns that have a specific character such as the police officers, women, babies, anything at all.

Cinematic comedy could be considered as the ‘oldest film genre’ as this comedy style mainly appeared in silent films, televisions and movies. Comedy was very suitable for silent films, as it required more of a visual action and audio. Slapstick was also another type of comedy used in cinematic comedy, as it portrayed the hilarity of ridiculous situations of physical mishap and indignity. Charlie Chaplin was the most famous comedy star known in this age and even today. He was a silent actor and pantomimist and was recruited at 1913 as a comedy actor.

As you can see, comedy has a very interesting history, and we are able to see how humour changes over time.

Works Cited
Carroll, Heather. “Elements of Melodrama: From Early Theater to the Modern Soap Opera.”Study.com. Study.com, n.d. Web. 23 May 2016.
Dirks, Tim. “Comedy Films.” Filmsite. American Movie Classics Company, n.d. Web. 23 May 2016.
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Côte d’Ivoire

Ivory Coast exports many food products, such as cocoa, spices, nuts and coffee. In Côte d’Ivoire, there are different types of dishes, such as Alloko which is fried bananas with onion and chillies. This traditional food product is commonly consumed as part of their Ivorian diet, since they get fresh vegetables and meat from the market. The market only has fresh food and supplies, and processed foods are very rare in Ivorian diet unlike our diet.

Jollof rice is a traditional West African dish, and it is also commonly consumed in Côte d’Ivoire. Jollof rice is like a paella with different meats and vegetable mixed with savory rice.

3 large peeled and mashed tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 large onions, one chopped, one sliced
1/4 cup peanut oil
1 chile pepper or 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 pound lamb, cut into 1-inch cubes
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups of vegetables - carrots, green pepper, chopped string
  beans, or peas
1 cup dry rice, cooked

Combine the tomatoes and tomato paste and set aside. Saute the sliced onion with 1 tablespoon oil until brown (about 3 minutes). Blend the sliced onion and chile in a blender or food processor until it forms a paste. Set aside. In a heavy skillet over medium heat, fry chopped onion in remaining oil until golden. Add garlic, then meat, stirring frequently until cubes are browned on all sides. Reduce heat to simmer and stir in the tomato sauce. Add the onion/chile paste, salt, pepper and about a cup of water. Add vegetables. Stir well and simmer over low heat about 45 minutes, or until meat is cooked. Mix with rice. Serves 4.

I believe Ivorian diet is a very healthy diet, compared to other countries diet. Many people from Côte d’Ivoire gather their food from the market, where they sell healthy vegetables and food. That means since all of the food is fresh they can stay healthy.  Most of their traditional dishes were cooked from these fresh products, making the Ivorian diet healthy. Also unlike our diet, Ivorian diet does not have processed food of any kind of junk food. This makes the diet even much healthier than other diets.

Yes many different diets can and are influenced by their own culture in different ways, such as the Ivorian diet. Many of their dishes were created from food that were collected from their place, and the agriculture affected the diet. The recipes for their traditional meals still exist, meaning that the culture has affected the diet deeply. But also, other countries culture can affect and adapt to other countries diet. For example, the French affected Côte d’Ivoire and now there are a lot of French restaurants in Ivory coast.

I think you can tell someone with what they eat, but you cant justify it. You can’t justify that everyone who eats jollof rice, are from Ivory coast. You might be able to assume their nationality and their culture from their diet, but I don’t think that statement is completely true.

Original Song using chords

In music we were put in groups. My group was Hana, Kelly and Carlene. From the beginning our group worked really well. That meant that we all knew what we had to do to make our song successful. Me and Carlene worked on the lyrics that would go well with Hanas and Kelly’s Music. In the end they all went together very well. By the end we had a bit of time to make the recording a couple of times. 1 problem with the recording is that we were disturbed in the middle of the  recording so that meant that we had to do a couple more times than what was expected. In the end the audio turned out well and the chord progressions all went together very well.