Summary: this is a presentation of the famous ultra-trailer Anton Krupicka. He's American. He grew up in a farm in Niobrara, Nebraska. His parents installing in his self and in his two sisters
the values of appreciating and respect of the land and live a self-sufficient lifestyle. He want to live a self-sufficient life and try to have a low impact on the world.
When he was at the top of his form in 2011, He brokes his leg. He was runnning at that time more than 200 miles (320 km) per week.
He didn't stop runnning but started other sports like climbing, biking, skiing. He said that curiosity is a part to having a rich life.
For him, we always have to move and don't be stuck at some point. He want to make assemption of certain thing and discover it hiself.
He started to run very young, like 12 years hold and begining to win a lot of run.
When he does all this sports he has the feeling that he's alive.
Vocabulary: beneath (au-dessous de),
Reflexions: I tried first to watch the video with out subtitles but it was to hard for me to understant the whole thing, so I put them for the second time and it was better.
Anton is an American person and it is a lit bit hard to understand him.
13 / 10 / 2020
Summary: this is a TED Talk of Alex Honnold about his incredible 3000 foot free solo climbing (climbing without any rope). he explains how he prepared himself to do it.
This guy begining to climb indoor at the age of 10. Then he started to climb outside but with a rope first.
Later, he started the free solo climbing which is very scary. it needs a lot of mental and physical preparations.
His biggest success is the climbing of the Cap (the 3000 feet vertical cliff which he is talking about). The Cap is just the longest cliff in the world.
Reflexions: it was hard to understand again. I switch on the subtitles to understand. Then I could localise the words I didn't know and it helps me to understand the whole story. I learned a lot of new vocabulary in this video.
19 / 10 / 2020
Summary: in this video, the person explain what is the term "Big Data" and what consists of. She explains why we need Big Data and how we have to treat with this.
Big data appears because the systems of communication grow every time. So, we had to create some thing, a method, a technology to deal with all this data.
Big data is not always a good thing, in fact it creates a lot of activities on the network and so we have to implemant new data server and so we need more consommations.
But, it has some good advantages: it allows a big organisation and sum up a big quantity of data and make a conclusion if it.
Vocabulary: big data (données massives)
Reflexions: I tried first to watch this with out subtitles but it was to hard for me. Then, I put the subtitles ON and I understood pretty much all the things.
22 / 10 / 2020
Summary: this is a video which explains how works the recursion in computer science. The recursion is a process like we know in maths: some thing is defined with the previous element, etc. and it needs a base case.
In this video, the "teacher" show an example of recursion using the programmation langage: Python. He tried to resolve the famous problem (Hanoi Tour) using it.
The person explains that we always need to have a base case because, if we have not, it will create a loop to infinity and so the program will never work.
He shows too that the recursion is nice because it doesn't take a lot of code and so whatever the langage you use.
Vocabulary: recursion (récursivité),
Reflexions: there were no subtitles on this video. I needed to watch this twice to understand completely all the content. I can see that, despite the accent of the guy, I undestood pretty much all the things, so I'm happy :)
27 / 10 / 2020
Summary: Oooh... this is a Technical video in which the "teacher" explains what is an "injection" in the famous programming langag: PHP.
In fact, he explains first what is an injection. An injection is easy to understand: imagine you have a web site with a database. In this database, you have informations about your clients, prices, products, ..., whatever. To put this informations in your database
you have to make some queries and then execute it. Ok ? Well, an injection is a query that is send by someone (a villain) in order to modify your database. That all.
Then he explains how we can avoid it (and there is a lot of solutions, ouf...).
Reflexions: this is a long video and I tried to understand every things with out subtitles. It was a little bit hard but at the end of the second watch and with doing some breaks I undestood every thing.
In order to understand the details, I repeated 3 or 4 times some moments of the video.
31 / 10 / 2020
Summary: this is a video that shows th incredible performance of Anton Krupicka who is an incredible mountain man.
He breaks a record once again in doing a triathlon with his friend. This guy (the same that in the fisrt video in the portfolio) is a machine. He can run during hours, biking, climbing, ...
The video shows that he has a solid mental and that he is always looking for new feeling, new performance.
Vocabulary: self-prepared(être pret), doorstep(pas de la porte), trailhead(point de départ), single push(), ethic(éthique), attainable(atteignale), dull(ennuyeux, sans intérêt), keel(humeur),
Reflexions: I watched first without subtitles and I pretty much understand the whole story. I was happy because I capture every moment :) I watch it a second time with the subtitles in order to capture all the detailed vocabulary.
I tried to focus on the voices and not the pictures. It was really helpfull.
04 / 11 / 2020
Summary: this is an incredible TED Talk of Guy Winch, a doctor in psychology who talk about psychological problems such as lonlyness, depression, psychological igiene.
He points out the fact that we always work and take care of our physical and not on the psychological aspect. He gives some examples about stories in which our emotions take the foot on everything. He encourages people working their emotionals habits and change it.
He opens a door because we don't think about that and even if we think about, we don't know how to deal with it.
For instance: when someone tell you that you're a piece of shit, a internal voice says to you that it is true and I'm a piece of shit. BUT you don't have and you shouldn't have to do this to you !
All the psychological problems increase the chance of developping real bad disease.
Vocabulary: shortcoming (défaut), harshly (injustement), self-esteem (estime de soi), unhealthiest (en mauvaise santé), rumination (cogitation), thrive (prospérer), empowered (valorisé),
Reflexions: I watched this video with subtitles and in one time I understood everything, even the details. It was clear for me. I think that I have a better oral comprehension than a few weeks :) But, I always need subtitles because, if not, I don't understand precisely.
08 / 11 / 2020
Summary: in this TED talk, the speaker teach us how to be more focus on thing we do. He shows that in fact we are not every time focus and this because our attention go on the screens.
We are surrounded by screens and we are all the times looking at them. The problem with is that we have a level of simulation that is very high. This simulation make us go arround and disconnect with the present. Actually, if you disconnect of the smartphone, internet, ... you will reconnect to the real thinking, imagination. You will crave.
This is a video that might be show to all the young people because we are always on screens. (I can see myself that during the "confinement" I was more on the screens and I notice that I'm really less focus than in class...).
Vocabulary: ease(aisance), downward(vers le bas), crave(avoir très envie de faire quelque chose), dive(chuter)
Reflexions: I watch this video with the subtitles ON but I force myself to not look at them. I understand the main ideas and some details. My focus is better than before.
10 / 11 / 2020
Summary: this is a short video on which is presented a new application for the people who want to develop their skills in presenting their ideas.
Reflexions: I watch this without subtitles and I understand everything clearly. It was easy. I noticed that on short video, my focus is very very high.
15 / 11 / 2020
Summary: I am watching a serie which name is "Outlanders" when I have a little bit of time. This was the episode 7 of the first season.
I hope you are not watching this serie because, if not, I will spoil you...
In this episode of 60 minutes, it happened a lot of things ! Before, I sum up you the global story: the story takes place after the second world
and Claire Beachamps (the principal actress) go to a beatiful place with her husband but something happened and she is deleported in the past (in the 1700's) in the same place.
This episode shows the (second) wedding of Claire with Jamie. There is a lot of sexe because they celebrate the marriage.
Reflexions: I watched the whole episode with the subtitles and I understood the main things but I didn't catch every details. It passes in North of England and I really loved their accents.
21 / 11 / 2020
Summary: this is a BBC News Video that explain that a nurse tried to kill babies in an hospital. She was arrested few times because they were not sure if she was really killing babies or not.
Vocabulary: bail (caution), thorough (rigoureux)
Reflexions: I watched this news without subtitles and it was easy to capture every sentences and details.
25 / 11 / 2020
Summary: This is a BBC News showing that the 2020 American election was the world's most expensive one. It cost 14 billions dollars. This video explains too where all this money come from and why.
We can see that the both candidates use a lot of money in the communication, the papers, the staff etc.
Reflexions: I watched it withoud subtitles and I understood every things.
29/ 11 / 2020
Summary: This is a motivation video for studying that explains how to study efficently. The teacher (in psychology i guessed) explains the main parts.
There is a lot of parameters that you can play with if you want to study. One of the first thing is your sleep. We know that sleeping correctly iv very very important. We do remember things because of the process it happened in our brain during the night.
Then he gives some examples of a "perfect" study process: we don't have to work during a long continuous time but we have to make step of 30 minutes and then make a pause of 5 minutes. For the teacher, this is the best thing to do if you want to study correctly and for a long period of time.
Summary: This is a short audio from the web site made by the academy of Versaille that proposes a lot of oral comprehension. In this short audio of 2:20 minutes, the speaker is an american sudent in college that talks about his situation during the corronavirus pandemic.
He is not really in a good mood because he find that the people don"t respect the rules of the quarantine and go in public places. He told us that his grandfather had the coronavirus and that he survives but he said that this is the fault of the people that go outside despite the rules.
Reflexions: it was really clear. There was no subtitles so I didn"t have the choice. I understand every thing clearly.
9 / 12 / 2020
Summary: in this video, the teacher try to show us a proof of a complicated problem. In fact, this is a pure logic question that have a strange answer. He tried to find if a statement is true or false but he used contradictions.
This is a common trick in maths. For instance, if I want to prove that I'm not a cat: I can first suppose that I'm a cat. Then, someone turn off the light. I see nothing. But if I was really a cat I could see. So there is a contradiction and it implies that the assemption "I'm a cat" is false, so I'm not a cat.
In fact, the teacher used the famous programation langages Python to demonstrate this. He used differents functions and explained how it can work. I think that I don't have to explain this here ...
Reflexions: I understood every thing clearly. I had no difficulties to catch the words despite his incredible accent. I can see that, when I really focus my self on what the person say, I can understand the really tiny details :)
15 / 12 / 2020
Summary: this is a TED-Ed video that explains "How stress affects your brain". It explains precisely what happened in the brain when he stress. It gives examples of what we don't have to do and what we have to do. For instance, the video shows that if you want to sress less, you can practice meditation, sport.
In fact, it turns out that a high stress produces a lot of cortisol in your brain and this chimical substance can affect you neural connecion by reducing the size of your brain.
Reflexions: I watched first the video without the subtitles. Then, I put the subtitles on and I captured a lot of new vocabulary I didn't hear the first time.
18 / 12 / 2020
Summary: this is a video from "Computerphile" that explains how is encrypted a part of the web. In fact, this is just technical video but we can conclude by saying that the encryption of the web is made with a very simple stuff. The algorithm is very simple to understand: it mixes the input of data and put
it in the output. The encryption is done because we can't guess the message with the code in output. The complexity of the encryption lie in the fact that the previous algorithm is repeated a very big big number of time and with a lot of data.
Reflexions: I didn't have difficulties to understand the video. In fact, I put the subtitles but I didn't watch it.
2. Oral expression
Objectives: be able to have a normal conversation, to be very fluent and to not hesitate with some grammary problems.
How/tools: talk with my friends in english, communicate with a foreign student in my association for the climate where I'am. Present a subject to some people, friends or not.
05 / 10 / 2020
Summary: during a class, Catherine give me a challenge to present behind the whole class a "brainstorming". So, I took the challenge and decided to do it for next class, which were the 5th of october.
First, I decided to make a short presentation of the history of the brainstorming and then present the subject of the brainstorming. We work together during ten minutes on a bike I wanted to design. There were some constraint on this bike: have a screen, be waterproof, confortable. The students participate because I give them (totaly randomly) the floor. It was a success for me because I could talk with a good interaction with the other student.
Vocabulary: saddle (selle vélo),
Reflexions: it was a nice experience to present something which is not in the lecture. I enjoy really because I felt free to talk.
But, I had some difficulties to make good syntaxic sentences. The sentences were simple and not really rich in good vocabulary. I tried to have a british accent but this was hard too.
Have a good vocabulary plus make correct sentences plus have a correct accent is something I have to work :)
12 / 10 / 2020
Summary: it was a classic class in english, I participate a bit. I tried to participate and to talk because I have really big problems to formulate sentences when I'm not prepared. This class was cool because we presented our (false) application on the cross cultural communication.
Vocabulary: Thez don't litter (ne pas jetter les ordures par terre), abedient (obéissant), at ease (à l'aise), without further ado (sans transition), welcoming (avenant), abroad (à l'exterieur).
Reflexions: when I talk, I get the feeling that my sentences are not build correctly. I want to express something but I don't have the words.
19 / 10 / 2020
Summary: during this class I talked just a little bit. We work on a Quizz and a participate just a bit.
Vocabulary: towelling robe (peignoir)
Reflexions: I just said few sentences so I can't conclude...
02 / 11 / 2020
Summary: we talked a bit of our holidays and I participated a bit.
Reflexions: I noticed that I have difficulties to formulate correct sentences. In fact, I have to think about the whole sentence before talking. I can't now just talking free without thinking every time.
09 / 11 / 2020
Summary: It was the last class with Catherine and we had our last lesson on cultural communcation. We had a test so I couldn't participate a lot. But, during the second part of the class I talk a little bit. I proposed at the end of the class to do a game in english. It was fun.
Reflexions: I felt good and I talked easily with my teammate.
16 / 11 / 2020
Summary: We changed of teacher and we passed with Meaghan. I talked a bit because we had to make a list of technical words from A to Z.
Vocabulary: besides (aussi), likewise (de même)
Reflexions: Well, I just said few words so I can't say that it was beneficial for me. But I practice my pronounciation though.
23 / 11 / 2020
Summary: it was a classic class. Meaghan put us in group of three or four in "Breaking room" on Zoom and we had to discuss about a "Would you rather question". I enjoyed it and I took it seriously. I tried to speak english with my teammate.
Vocabulary: hence (d'où), rather (plutôt, assez), enven though(bien que)
Reflexions: I was relax and I spoke well with the other students.
30 / 11 / 2020
Summary: During this class I tried to talk a little bit more than usual. I had discussion with Meaghan. During the "Would you rather question", I forced my self to speak english.
Vocabulary: nevertheless (néanmoins), correspondingly (de la même façon)
Reflexions: It's hard to really concentrate and to formulate great sentences when we speak with our friends. Despite this, I think that talking with each other help us in the oral expression.
07 / 12 / 2020
Summary: we did a "Would you rather question" again like in every class with Meaghan and I took advange of being in a english class to speak english with my teammate.
I think that I thought a little bit more about what I wanted to say than before. I spoke clearly (I guess).
Reflexions: It was good but it lasted not a long time... I have trouble speaking english and I really need to communicate. This 5 minutes communication with the other students is good even if we want to speak french...
14 / 12 / 2020
Summary: it was the last class with Meaghan before the Christmas holidays. We did a "Would you rather question" on : "Would you prefer to travel in the past or in the futur ?". I tried to explain clearly my thought but it was not so good and it was bried...
I didn't participate so much during this class.
Reflexions: except the first part of the class when I had a discussion with my teammate, I didn't talk a lot.
Observation: it was very difficult to work this theme. In fact, except playing video games with english players (what I don't do) it's hard to work the oral expression. I put the english lessons in this section because I tried to take the floor during them and I think it was the best way for me to improve.
I feel a little bit more at ease now but I'm still not a native speaker yet ...
I know that I could search in the web and find websites which propose to find an english "friend" and try to speak with him/her. But honestly, I didn't have enough time
3. Daily life vocabulary
Objectives: understand and learn a lot of daily life vocabularies in order to have a written or oral conversation fluently with a english speaker.
The main themes are: house, sports, nature, schools, orientation, transport, food
How/tools: listening and reading english news, BBC, YouTube
Summary: this is a short lecture in ecology. It gives a clear, scientific and rigorous definition of different words like ecology itself, ecosystem, biosphere.
Vocabulary: global warming (réchauffement climatique), biosphere (biosphere), greenhouse effect (effet de serre)
Reflexions: it was quite simple to read this because it's a lecture and we are use to read this sort of thing.
13 / 10 / 2020
Summary: it is a short video about the famous CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos who is the richest man. The video talk about him and shows us his story.
We all know Amazon but we don't know who have created it and when. In fact, Jeff Bezos start in 1994 by selling just books. His shop in his carrage work well and he begins to sell online. He then created warehouse and build a lot of (very bad thing). He is a buisness man and care much about the client than his employee.
Reflexions: I understood quite well every thing because the speaker have a great english accent.
21 / 10 / 2020
Summary: this is a video that presents trail running shoes. The speaker explains the differents types of shoes in function of the type of run you want to do. There is a lot of other parameters like your weight, your physical morphology, your level, ...
In fact, there are not perfect shoes. Some shoes are better to run on the ground, some others to run on the ground and on the mountain, etc. So, you have to make a choice in fonction of your needs. He didn't present 100 shoes but only 4-5 and they were Salomon's shoes and Sportiva's shoes.
Reflexions: I undestood every words and it was very clear. There were no new vocabulary. Furthermore, it allowed me to work my oral comprehension too so it was cool.
11 / 11 / 2020
Summary: this is a video of a news from the BBC that tell us where were the british at the 11 of november. One of the speaker compared the data with the other countries and see that UK are really bad.
Summary: this is a BBC article. It talks about the social problems due to the use of smartphone by the young person (typically between 10 and 14 years old).
Sometimes the young people are exposed to content they don't have to see and so they go in depression. Social plateform like Facebook, TikTok are very bad and influence a lot the children.
In extreme cases, the children kill themself because of the social pressure they have
Furthermore, the parents don't have access to this content and they can't limit the stream of content. So they take out the phone.
Vocabulary: frank (franc)
Reflexions: I understand pretty good this article. They were not difficult vocabulary or they were well placed and thanks to the context, I understood.
Summary: This is as article of the BBC tech section on Google Photo. It have been published on the 12 of november. The article inform us of an important modification in the company GooGle.
Actually, this concern the "Photo" service. Google is now limiting the amount of data to 15 GB you can use for storing your photo in his application. Before, google promises to have an unlimited storage. The modification take place in 2021.
In fact, some people anticipated this. It did 5 years that google was loosing money on this service because they were using a lot of servers and it was free for the users. It was just a big BIG finance technic to attract all the people to their "free" services. In fact it was juste a ******* trap.
Now, given that google has the monopol, they can use the pression on people and limit them. The poor users will be forced to pay if they want to keep their photos on the web (beyond 15 GB).
Google is very critised for this (and I really do it to!). It was just a giant economic trap... The only thing that is good is that they will use less servers and so less energie and it will contaminate less.
Vocabulary: Disgruntled (mécontent), downgrade (rétrograder), spokesperson (porte-parole), like-minded (qui partage les mêmes idées/valeurs/goûts), unfathomable (insondable), unrelenting (incessant)
Reflexions: I didn't find the article easy. It was a little bit difficult but I learned new words so it is very nice. I feel that I really need to read english article/text to familiarize me to a rich english vocabulary.
Summary: This is a non-comon article of the New york Times. A few weeks ago David Leonhardt, a journalist invite people to send to him a six words sentences describing what made them thankful in 2020.
There were a lot of responses and some are funny. There are very rich vocabulary in them.
Summary: this is an article on science. The title is : "Scientists have created an evolutionary model to predict how animals should react in stressful situations."
It says that the researchers have created a new model based on what they already knew and some new researches. It uses a mathematic model and can determine the level of stress of an animal depdending on the context.
Reflexions: It was easy to read this and I understood everything.
09 / 12 / 2020
Summary: this is a video about Anton Krupicka. In this video, Anton explains why he love running and why he is so motivated to do long trails. He said that he enjoy the moment when the body is down and that you can't do nothing anymore. Then, this is just your mind that keep you up. He love the nature and then primitive "thing" when he is in the nature.
Reflexions: well, it was a good video, I understood everything. In fact, I feel that I have a little bit more vocabulary than before and I didn't meet words I don't know. The vocabulary used were not very difficult but I happy.
11 / 12 / 2020
Summary: I watched the episode 10 season 1 of Outlanders (I have already talk about it before. And yes I know, I don't watch a lot of episode...).
In this episode of 50 minutes, there is a lot of conversation with the Duc of Sandringham and Claire tried a ruse to put in jail the capitain Randall.
Then, we saw the death of Dougal's wife. He was happy because he wanted to mary another wooman.
In this episode, there was a lot of sexe too between Jamie and Claire.
Vocabulary: lover (amant)
Reflexions: I understood almost everything and I could practice my daily life vocabulary because the scenes was scenes of the daily days. Unfortunately, I couldn't catch every words.
16 / 12 / 2020
Summary: this is a video about a cooker who works in a Michelin-Starred Restaurent in Los Angeles. He tells us about his storry and how he comes to work in this restaurent. He tells us too that working in a restaurent in LA is very difficult and that he has to do selft-savrifice. He is a sous-chef at Mélisse and he has a lot of reponsability like going to the farmer's market and take the good products.
Vocabulary: straining (effort), halibut (flétan (type de poisson))
Reflexions: this was a good video and I learned few words. I think this is really the kind of content that I have to watch/listen in order to improve my daily life vocabulary. I didn't have problems to understand.
18 / 12 / 2020
Summary: this is a video titled "How to never be Angry again" by Abraham Twerski.
The speaker tells us that there is three phases of anger. Then he used personnal views to explains what kind of anger could be exist.
He said that there is a difference between feeiling angry and share how you feel angry. We can be angry and everyone can be angry, but, we have to control it.
Actually, in order to limit the "spread" of angry, he recommends tu use a angry book and put in it when you were angry, what did you do, why, etc. This will have the effect to calm you down and to realize what you did (wrong or good).
Reflexions: the video was short and I understood everythings. I learned few words. I feel that I have a better focus than before and I can understand and capture more words than before :)
Hi ! My name is Matthias ROUYER and I am a student in BAC+3 at ESISAR, a computer science ingenieer french pulblic school. I'm 20 years hold and I loved the apple pies.
For an english exam, I decided to create a website as an information carrier. The instructions was the following:
We had to choose three or more themes that reflect our weeknesses in english and make a portfolio with the elements that contributed to improve them.
I decided to choose: 1) oral comprehension, 2) oral expression and 3) the vocabulary of the daily life.
You can see just below my "progression" with the bars threw the months. They represent the pourcentage of my capacities in each theme. I tried to make it graphical so I could see my progression.
There were two reasons why I choose to make a website instead of making a simple PowerPoint or simple document
Firstly, I found that it was disruptive and cool to present this with a website. Moreover, we see a lot of portfolio on the web and I was really inspired.
Secondly, I have some knowledge with the creation of website and I make website for professional companies with my micro-company. So, this portfolio is an auto-ad of what I can do.
* All the videos I watched were in a quality of 480p maximum in order to limit my impact on the web.
Daily life vocabulary
To conclude, I can say that reading, watching, listening all the contents and forcing myself to capture the new vocabularies and making summaries helps myself a lot.
I think that I really improved myself in english and particulary in oral comprehension.
Given that I did writen summaries on every content I came across, I can say that it improved my writting skills too. So, I can say that I worked on four themes.
It was a good experience and I learned a lot of new things ! :)