November 2006

Guest blogger: Unofficial Vista Blog Tour, Day 3: Punycode protects against spoofing in IE7

November 29, 2006

Derek Torres and Stuart Mudie have just co-written a book entitled The Unofficial Guide to Windows Vista, which is due to be published by Wiley in February. Stuart lives in Paris and, since he also is a French to English...

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Posted by céline on November 29, 2006
Guests

Sloe gin or patxaran?

November 27, 2006

During a walk in the Downs with friends this weekend, we came across sloes, a berry which, in rural England, is infused with gin to make sloe gin. I had had home-made sloe gin last year, loved it, and...

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Posted by céline on November 27, 2006
Culture

Est-ce que mon visage est bovvered?

November 25, 2006

Amanda has posted Catherine Tate's sketch on an unlikely interpreter on her blog and I thought I'd post this week's language-themed gem from her weekly show. Watching it reminded me of the Laurens I met after I qualified as an...

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Posted by céline on November 25, 2006
Culture

Guest bloggers: second language acquisition and bilingual language processing

November 21, 2006

Psychology of Second Language Acquisition by Daniel P. Auld One debatable aspect of second language acquisition is when is the ideal time for second language instruction to begin. Lenneberg was the first to discuss the critical period for language acquisition,...

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Posted by céline on November 21, 2006
Technical corner

A beginner's guide to freelancing

November 8, 2006

There is very little help out there for fledgling freelancers. When I decided to take the plunge, I went to a couple of seminars, but they were only about taxes and accounts, and I didn’t understand any of it. For...

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Sbire

November 6, 2006

I was listening to a podcast of On refait le monde, a French radio programme on RTL involving several journalists who discuss current affairs, when I heard Géraldine Mullmann say the following: "Nicolas Sarkozy et ses sbires voudraient nous faire...

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Posted by céline on November 6, 2006
Words

Typographical marks

November 3, 2006

What do a pilcrow, an interrobang and an ampersand have in common? They’re all typographical marks and they’re all described on answers.com. Very interesting....

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Posted by céline on November 3, 2006
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