Certains disent qu’ils ont l’impression de ne pas progresser en compréhension orale. Cette vidéo a pour but d’aider ceux qui ont du mal à comprendre l’anglais parlé. Dans ce cours, je vous présente un dialogue en anglais suivi de questions pour voir si vous avez compris les renseignements.
Voici la transcription du dialogue (malheureusement je n’ai pas réussi à inclure la traduction française. Si vous en avez besoin, envoyez-moi un message privé) :
The United Kingdom (or the U.K.) is a country situated in Western Europe. It comprises four nations – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Firstly, let us talk about England. England is by far the biggest country of the U.K. with a population of just over 50 million. Its capital city is London which is, by population, the largest city of the European Union. England is divided up into nine regions. These regions are further divided into what are known as counties. By area, the largest county is North Yorkshire.
The patron saint of England is Saint George and the flag of England features his cross. The English flag consists of a red cross on a white background.
The national flower (or emblem) of England is the Rose.
Now, let us move onto Scotland. Scotland is a nation of the United Kingdom that shares a border with England to the south. Its capital city is Edinburgh and its patron saint is Saint Andrew. Although its capital city is Edinburgh, its largest city is Glasgow.
The national flower of Scotland is the thistle. The flag of Scotland consists of a white cross on a blue background.
Wales is another nation that is part of Great Britain. Its capital city is Cardiff situated in the South of Wales in the region of South Wales. The patron saint of Wales is Saint David and its national emblem is the daffodil.
Anglesey is a Welsh island located off the north-west coast of Wales. Almost three-quarters of the inhabitants speak Welsh as their mother tongue. Separated by the Menai strait from mainland Wales, you can reach the island by means of the Britannia Bridge.
Northern Ireland is the smallest nation that makes up the United Kingdom. Northern Ireland should not be confused with the Republic of Ireland which is not part of the U.K. Northern Ireland is the only British nation that is not part of Great Britain.
Now, I shall talk a little bit about Britain and British culture.
The current monarch of Britain is Queen Elizabeth II. She has four children and eight grandchildren.
The British national anthem is ‘God Save the Queen’ and was adopted in 1745.
The national motto of the British monarchy is ‘Dieu et mon droit’, or ‘God and my right’ in English. The motto is in French because, due to the Norman conquest at the time of the battle of Hastings in 1066, the French language was used a lot by the English elite.
The current Prime Minister of the U.K. is David Cameron. He became Prime Minister on the 11th May 2010.
The British flag or the ‘Union Jack’ consists of the English, Scottish and Northern Irish flag. It appears on several other flags of former British colonies. For example: Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. This flag was adopted in 1801.